“Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.”

werner herzog bearWerner Herzog is one of my favorite filmmakers. Happy People, his movie about life in Siberia, with all its hardships and stark, hard beauty, is one of my all-time, desert-island favorites.

Today I stumbled across this gem from back in the day: “24 pieces of advice from Werner Herzog for filmmakers.” I don’t agree with every single one—”take revenge if need be,” for example—but I adore his badass worldview. Here are a few of my favorite bits:

  • Always take the initiative.
  • Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
  • Learn to live with your mistakes.
  • Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
  • Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
  • Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
  • Don’t be fearful of rejection.
  • Thwart institutional cowardice.
  • Get used to the bear behind you.

Read the whole list here.

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One thought on ““Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.”

  1. Very wise list……doesn’t it help sometimes to just have a ‘bad ass’ list for self-help or inspiration. Perhaps we do look for a softer version of possibilities and softer counsel when feeling discomfort. I’d like to add that term….’pull up your socks’ and get on with it, along with carrying some duct tape and baling twine with you at all times. This has helped me move forward many times in my life…push through, don’t wallow in the muck. Also, saw ‘Happy People’ as well….considering my fascination for Siberia and love of the North.

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