Do What You Can’t with Casey Neistat

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This is one of the most important videos of our era right now, and sums up everything I want the second half of my life to be… living it to the fullest.

To the haters, the doubters,
My seventh-grade vice principal,
To everyone who’s ever told anyone with a dream, they can’t…

This video’s for you.

Keep your head down.
Follow the rules.
Do as you’re told.

Play it safe.
Wait your turn. 
Ask permission.
 
Learn to compromise.
This is terrible advice.
 
If I were writing an autobiography –  a book about my life.
 
One title that would work would be, “Do what you can’t!”  because that idea encapsulates everything I’ve ever done like when I wanted to move to New York City and my dad was like, “You can’t!  You don’t have any money…”
 
Or when I first said I wanted to make movies… It was, “You can’t! You didn’t go to film school!” 
 
I want to have a TV show. “You can’t, Casey you’re not pretty enough!”
 
And to go even further, if  I were to characterize what this new generation of content creators and filmmakers…
 
What we all do on YouTube and everywhere else is we do what we can’t…
 
You can’t be an action movie filmmaker, but you get your parkour friends to dress up like video game characters, jump off some buildings and you can!  “Right, Devon?”
 

“YES!”

You can’t have a talk show… but you have a webcam and you can!

“What’s up beautiful bastards?”
“What!”

“This is my first YouTube video…”

The next thing you know, you’re interviewing the president…
 

I heard that you’re going to be out of a job…  So maybe I’ll start a YouTube…

That’s what I’m thinking!

 
You can’t fly around New York City on a magic carpet but get an electric skateboard, some PVC pipes, a great outfit and give Jessie a call and YOU CAN! 
 
You don’t need gear…
You don’t need trucks or a crane…
You don’t need some big expensive camera rig that never works…
 
When you’re a creator, you don’t need someone in your ear telling you what you can and can’t do… what you can and can’t say…
 
They call us gamers, influencers, internet famous…
 
But we know something they don’t…
 
You can start a blog or a makeup channel…
 
Or travel around the world with a gigantic piano, playing in beautiful places for interested people…
 
When you’re a creator all you need is your phone, an internet connection and a good idea….   a story you want to share… something you need to say…
 
AND then, the rest is history!
 
If you do it right you get to quit the day job.  Make friends from places you’ve never been… meetups…  collaborations. 
 
A life moving so fast and so full you won’t even have time to process it…
 
So to my fellow creators I say, “Keep creating!  Keep doing the work and never forget you don’t have to listen to anyone because in this new world no one knows anything!”
 
The haters… the doubters are all drinking champagne in the top deck of the Titanic and we are the f’n iceberg.

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