Photo by Michael Garcia.With five channels streaming free education 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we’re learning new things every minute. One day, Lindsay Adler’s in the studio teaching us how to take better photos outdoors, and in the next studio, Tara Gentile’s pushing us to name our next big thing. Amidst this flurry of real talk from leaders at the forefront of each of their industries, we are heartened to hear several recurring themes: pursuing your passion is grueling, terrifying, endlessly rewarding work. And we’re all in it together.

Here’s the best advice we heard from CreativeLive instructors this week — from world-renowned fashion photographer Miss Aniela to our very own CEO Chase Jarvis (who also happens to be a prolific creative person in his own right).

“Real growth is constant skin-shedding; slithering beyond all comfort zones, right past disapproving faces to catch the mouse you REALLY want.” — Miss Aniela

“Your fear doesn’t make you weird. It makes you normal.” — Tim Grahl

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“I’m tempted to tell up & coming artists to NOT study art. Study money, business & marketing. You’ll learn the art naturally out of passion.” — Jeremy Cowart

“When you find your passion, you find your purpose.” — Brooke Shaden

“The point isn’t really about creating your dreams, it’s about believing you can be successful at whatever you choose to imagine.” — Chase Jarvis

“Own up to what you want. Run towards it. Run from what you hate.” — Sue Bryce

“Art making, while enormously rewarding, can also be rife with disappointment and feelings of vulnerability. The idea is to make friends with the struggle and continue (stubbornly) on your own path.” — Lisa Congdon