Neil Gaiman: How to Make Success Happen
Charles Chu

I like how Neil Gaiman thinks tremendously. I didn’t go to university and see no reason to do so. I’m a creative who loves to tell stories whether through books, movies or recordings. The internet has given people a plethora of opportunities to show their skills, but FEAR is what stops them. No one wants to face harsh criticism, trolling (remember Rebecca Black and her single “Friday”, or how 50 Shades of Grey became… a hit?), or messing up that one and only opportunity to show what they’ve got before getting tossed aside like amateur contestants on American Idol. We live in a dangerous age because the internet is good and bad, yet these days more seemingly bad thanks to ridiculous memes, people getting famous for viral videos or sex tapes, online bullying, and so much more. Those who want to share their creativity fear the hostile criticism the most. People are looking for ANY excuse to judge someone other than themselves. So it feels like the first post of an opinion, video, story, picture, etc., is greater risk than anything else. At the same time, we’re supposed to learn from our mistakes and work past the bullying to better ourselves. The ones who don’t listen, refuse to acknowledge where they failed with their audience and don’t strive to make improvements are the ones who will suffer the most. Those who are accountable for seeing what worked and what didn’t, allow more chances to grow and prove themselves to the world and thus have all the more opportunity to make a name for themselves in what they love to do.