Steve Martin on the first question you should ask if you want to be a successful comedian:

I was talking to some students and they were saying things like, ‘How do I get an agent?’, ‘Where do I get my headshots?’ and I just thought … shouldn’t the first thing you think about is, “How do I be good?

The most successful comedians/artists/athletes are also the ones who work the hardest.

That seems obvious. But then why do we distract ourselves with a million tasks to avoid doing that one creative pursuit we know we ought to be working on? Asking for a friend, of course.

Working hard doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome but not working hard on your craft ensures mediocrity, or worse, apathy. Here’s to another work week of putting in the hours creating, refining, and shipping.