At the Louisiana Literature Festival in August 2012, legendary artist and poet Patti Smith offers advice to a younger audience about the right ways to go about living life.
“What matters is to know what you want and pursue it, and know that it’s going to be hard…Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it.”