from Ricky Gervais

The following is from an interview with Ricky Gervais in the Harvard Business Review. Sometimes it’s best if you let others speak for you.

“I don’t think I’m the best producer or director or actor in the world, but I know how I want it done. I don’t try to please anyone except myself. 

If people like what I do, fantastic. If they don’t, that’s good, too. If you start trying to water it down or second-guess, you end up with something so safe and homogenized that a lot of people will like it, but they won’t love it. 

I’ve always preferred to do something that really moves a million people rather than something that washes over 10 million. The more successful you get, the more hated you are, but you should relish that, because it means you’re making a connection. 

And that’s the point of art.”

– m

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