Neil Gaiman, the celebrated author, in a speech to the Graduating class of the University of the Arts Class of 2012, spoke at length providing advice for those pursusing a career in the arts, and how to achieve those goals. His advice is timeless, and can be more broadly applied to achieving goals in any field.
My favorite part is as follows:
"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art."
I wish I had heard this advice several years ago, it is practical, and timeless. Enjoy, and then go out and "Make Good Art." There is no reason to do anything else but, "Make Good Art."