Creation: Starting and Doing with Anne Lamott


Sam sits down with his mother, Anne Lamott, to discuss being an artist, bringing your creations into this world, working for yourself, and following that nudge inside you telling you to do your life’s work.

About Anne:

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

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“I just figured God would provide, and this is what I do, and this is my gift and my calling, and we would just sort it out as we went along.” -Anne Lamott

“You start where you are.” -Anne Lamott

“Keep your butt in the chair. Butt in chair. Get that tattooed on your left arm, butt in chair.” -Anne Lamott

“Terror of regret really keeps me going sometimes.” -Anne Lamott

“You have to befriend the inner critic. You can’t pretend that you don’t have it. You can’t just plug your ears like little kids do and go la la la. It’s there, and you have to invite it to the table if you’re going to get anywhere. You have to welcome it. And you have to know that every single writer on Earth struggles with it.” -Anne Lamott

“You have to hone in on that sense of honor, that you’re doing it as a debt of honor. The truth of your spiritual identity is that you’re an artist, you’re a creative, and you honor that.” -Anne Lamott

“No one cares if you write, no one is going to get you to do it, so you better.” -Anne Lamott

“The thing is that everybody’s weird, and everybody’s gross, and everybody secretly thinks they’re a piece of shit or a fraud.” -Anne Lamott

“We’re going to be excited to know that you put in the time that was not very comfortable to realize your dream.” -Anne Lamott

“We are on a shit-free diet. We don’t eat anyone’s shit here.” -Anne Lamott

“We all want to be loved and adored by everybody. Every single piece of mine, I want to be universally loved, and that gets in the way when I’m creating.” -Sam Lamott

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  1. Sam,

    What a wonderful conversation with your mom. I love her so much. Please tell her so.

    Happy to see the media empire thriving and growing. Wishing you continued success.

  2. I loved this. I’ve read almost everything Anne has written so this wasn’t new, but it was so full of warmth and love and just a wonderful condensation of what Annie has been writing for years.
    Such good work, Sam. Mazel Tov!


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