You need a lot of passion for what you’re doing because its so hard. Without passion, any rational person would give up. So if youre not having fun doing it, if you dont absolutely love it, youre going to give up.
And thats what happens to most people, actually. If you look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, often times its the ones who love what they do, so they could persevere when it got really tough.
And the ones that didnt love it, quit. Because theyre sane, right?
Who would put up with this stuff if you dont love it?
So its a lot of hard work and its a lot of worrying constantly.
If you dont love it, youre going to fail.
John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Pixar, was on Charlie Rose last week, talking about Steve Jobs, the evolution of animation and Pixar’s next project, Brave.
The episode is worth watching in its entirety. On the subject of Jobs, Lasseter refers to him as “being like a brother” and talks about Jobs’s drive for excellence. He also points out that Jobs invested more than $50 million of his own money in Pixar for nearly a decade before it ever made a profit.
Lasseter also talks about Pixar’s next film, Brave, which hits theaters in June. Brave features a female protagonist — a first for the company.
Lasseter, who also serves as the Principal Creative Adviser for Walt Disney Imagineering, discusses the importance of fusing new technology and new techniques with what fundamentally makes a great film: A good story.
What continues to make Pixar unique is that it is one of the few companies that fuses technology with stories and characters that stand the test of time.
In the interview, Lasseter shares an anecdote about Steve Jobs and how the late Pixar CEO looked at the legacy of animation. After remarking that with technology, a good product could last at most, five years, he said, “if you do your job right with these animated films, what you do can last forever.”
This is a great, and very tiny, segment of Steve Jobs speaking about how we perceive the world. It was just shared on Twitter by Dave Morin of Path and we thought that it was worth sharing.
This is a segment of an unknown interview that was aired as part of the recent PBS documentary. In it, a bearded and intense Jobs ruminates on breaking down the fact that the world is built, and therefore it can be remade. It’s probably the best 46 seconds of video you’ll watch today.
If anyone knows what interview this is from, let us know, we’d love to watch the whole thing.