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Kevin Smith’s career — from Sundance darling to joke to podcast sensation — leaves a lot of lessons in its wake.

Kevin Smith was the first director I heard talk openly about betting on himself and how it changed his life. That bet led me, and a lot of other people, to Hollywood to tell stories that mattered to us. Since then, Smtih’s career has taken every twist and turn imaginable and unimaginable. He’s faced death, destruction, ill will, goodwill, and everything in between.

But what can you learn from Smith’s choices and career path? Let’s light a blunt and see where we end up.

1. Eat your vegetables (figuratively and literally)

Seriously, eat your damn veggies. Smith suffered a near-widowmaker of a heart attack at 46. The guy was not healthy before that. But now that he’s a vegan, his lifestyle is much more conducive to creating.

I’m not here to tell you to just be a vegan. That’s your choice. I don’t care.

But when it comes to working in the industry, you have to eat your vegetables. What do I mean by that?

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Source: No Film School