Say yes. Please.

Dave Eggers, photo by David Shankbone

Dave Eggers, photo by David Shankbone

Dave Eggers. He is THAT PERSON. The one everyone wants to be/emulate/worship-at-the-altar-of.

So it was with both relief and delight to find the quote from him you'll find below. It was part of a speech he gave at Yale, which had an earlier incarnation as a retort to someone from the Harvard Business Review who called him a sellout.

The critic stance he rails against is one I think most people battle with pretty much every day, in work, with family members, with oneself. (I know I do). Worth contemplating an alternative approach.

“Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.”                                                            – Dave Eggers