Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 241) – John Lasseter

John Lasseter on working with others

John Lasseter – American Animator and Film Director, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Very, very, very important: Do not work in a vacuum.

“You have to surround yourself with trusted people. You get so immersed in your work, you will not be able to see the forest from the trees. Frankly, you’ll be studying the pine needles and worrying about them.

“You need someone to help you back up and take a look at the forest and see where things are working or not working.

“And you need to surround yourself with people whose judgment you trust and they can be brutally honest with you.

“As an artist, showing unfinished work to people is really difficult. It’s really hard. It always is hard. It always will be hard. It never gets any easier, but you have to do it.

— John Lasseter

Photo courtesy of Eric Charbonneau

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