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Words to live by

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 27, 2010, 6:11 AM

I continually hope that someday I'll get a chance to pass on everything I've learned. There hardly seems a moment considering living by my words only means having absolutely no time to say them. So at least I can take a moment in slight to utter in passing.

Never let anyone tell you that something is impossible.

I lived by that when it sparked in me the possiblity of achieving something despite everyone telling me it being impossible otherwise. People have always told me it's impossible, that it's been tried. If you know what I'm talking about then your already on your way. What I will say to you ignore those who've been defeated by what they call "experience." Keep going and don't let anyoen tell you otherwise.

I know this might sound familiar even, never give up etc. But it's how I live my life even currently as there still are more "experienced" people who will criticize that I'm doing it wrong. It's the human spirit that'll keep us alive. This rings true to the events of my life, when I started Haloid. I didn't do it because I wanted to get a job in games, or that I wanted to become famous, or what have you. I did it because I knew it could be done, and that the road to finishing it was imperfect and difficult. What finishing it yeilded me was only more steps on the path to pushing forward in what I believed in.

My life lacks much, I'm broke, my car is in horrible shape, my apartment is a mess, I spend 3 days in a row at the office regularly and sleep on the couch only when I need to. I'm helplessly antisocial. I see my girlfriend 3 times a year.

I come from an impoverished family of cambodian civil war refugees. It been a long journey between being so incredibly poor that I didn't have paper to draw on when I was little, to where I am now. It wouldn't have happened if I didn't dive headfirst and take a risk, and continually risk it all to keep going forward... Heh, success? They thought it was impossible

What is the greatest reward for living in such difficulty?..

I hope you see it someday too, Cause the world looks very different, when you're pushing yourself every second you've got.

  • Listening to: everything
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santomon2 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
thank you for everything monty, but it is impossible for me to let go...
Knight-Of-Balance Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Has anyone noticed that Monty is like the Kamina of RWBY? Both taken before their time in tragic ways but imparting to those before them a blazing spirit to keep them going, causing them to reach heights thought impossible?

Am I the only one?
Dave90FM Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
It's been one year mate.  Thank you once more for everything. We press onward.
GKTRRAkAkumu43 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
someday... i'll achieve it.. no matter how many mistakes i made and how difficult it was... i'll just keep trying till i get it...

thank u for this Monty.... 
Nothing-Sweeter Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I wanted so much for you friend. I hope you achieved the peace and happiness you sought after.
Your optimism and heart will continue to inspire.
MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015
Thank you.

I'm holding back tears....but thank you.

And I am still moving on
algo448 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Rest in peace, you've done the world a great service.
discoinferno84 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
RIP, Monty Oum. You were so creative, and your work got me interested in web production. I can't believe you're gone. Godspeed.
Diamondparka Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in Peace, Mister Oum.
AikiYun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RIP Monty.
sandiskplayer34 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rest in peace, bud.
You'll always be remembered as a fellow lovely.
Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great advice.
Mazerix1716 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Your words make me feel like a piece of shit in the best way possible.
Hinata-Takeover Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you good luck. You've been running for a pretty long time.
Zelenal Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the way Monty Oum rolls! Stay awesome, dude.
AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, keep being awesome. But here's a thought: adopt the weekly sabbath system of Judeo-Christianity, and see how you like it. Why? Because on that system, you don't just go pretty fast. You go 1/7th times faster (that's a total of 8/7ths) for the first six days, and then you rest on the seventh. It gives your body and mind a rhythm, and helps you to go faster and faster and faster. You have to get 7 days worth of work done in 6. But then you get to rest a day. Give it a shot, I think you'll like it.
luthor112 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
You're right, Monty.
This gives energy to me, to!
WhiteDevilKiN Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
I feel you when there are people constantly degrading you like that saying how it can't be done, well how can it be done if they never even tried in the first place?!

Keep doing what you're doing Monty and you'll pull through!

We're in the same shoes with Cambodian relatives and a screwed up car XD
cursedphoenix Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Impossible is nothing
I salute you
BorsoR Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
What can I say?

You're absolutely right. I think you are doing a good job, a VERY good job. Fighting for what you believe in. You´re a good rool model.

It's not fair that some have more opportunities than others or luck but be sure that everything comes with dedication and effort and you are on the good track.

We enjoy with your creations (That they´re becoming more and more) and I wish that this doesn´t change.

PS: Sorry my bad English. I hope that you understand the most of my comment.

Take care!
Faceless-Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I'm doing my best to work towards my goals, although sometimes it's hard for me to find the motivation to continue on with my work. I've never really had anyone tell me that something can't be done, or that I'm no good at what I do, and while looking ahead of me I can't really see what I want to accomplish.

All I know is that music is my one true expression. That's all that really keeps me going unfortunately. :/

I play my music because it makes me happy, it just feels, right, you know? And whenever I produce something better then the last, be it a composition or a song, it gives me an inkling that I may be better then I thought I was; but that's about it. I have no endgame, no comparison, or any idea where I want to go with my work; or that even if I do, will it be profitable enough to keep me from the gutter..?

Depressing nuances aside, your words have helped me, probably not as much as I would like, but your determination is far more then admirable. And the fact you can be so humble despite your accomplishments is a testament to your character as a person and as an artist. I hope that one day I can come to feel the same way as you about your path and how you've built it while I try to build my own.

Good luck to you my friend and whatever your future may hold. =)
GunnerYunie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your inspirational Monty. I only wish I could do my University Designers Assignment on you.

Your work keeps me going towards my dream of a Game Designer ^^ I hope that my determination will get me there like it has you with your goals.
pwned-by-twilight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Great words indeed. Can't say I was anywhere NEAR as deprived in my youth, but I know the sentiment of being told something was impossible. Even though I haven't reached the goal, I'm steadily on my way, inching towards myself being a big name in the gaming industry. Keep on keeping on, and so will I ^^
MagnetFox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Would you support your local humane society? I am canadian and I support Toronto's humane society, the closest one near me. If you're american, I'm not sure if you would have them or not. If you do, that'd be great if you can throw in a link to their website. The smallest actions may vary to great support. In canada, these groups are not funded by the government and rely on donations and volunteer's work. They have been saving thousands of animals varying wild, captivity, and indoor while never putting an animal down, no matter their supplies or room (which has yet to run out, lets hope). That'd be great if you could throw that into your journals considering many people view your page. Lets hope to make a change.
Pahndora2012 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
You need biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig


CookietheRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
I'll remeber those words forever!
.....What were they again?
Ruri-hime Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Thanks Monty. That's really inspirational and you'll keep succeeding no matter what.
Axels-alcolite Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Your an inspiration for me, through all the hard work you've done, you put out great work. just keep moving forward, good luck.
bulletproofturtleman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
You can take a beating from everything life throws at you, from people that say you can't make it, people that push you down, but a wise man I know said: "The best revenge is success."
WallyTheWaffle Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010   Digital Artist
I love you man. No homo. Lemme know if you're in Chicago, I'll buy you dinner.

The most powerful of artists are always able to still produce high quality art even when they have nothing left.

Monty Pride!
seishoujo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Aww... You must be really miss her (your girlfriend) :aww:
CrimsonSeijun0 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I respect you for what it is that you've been able to pull yourself through. I honestly hope that you get what it is that you deserve and see all your hard work come to fruition. You are seriously someone who has a great amount of potential and skill and I wish you the best. To be clear, I WISH that I could do what you do.
^^ Not on a jealous note, but I think it'd be cool to have the amount of raw talent that you do; yet I am a poet...I'm good with my words only when they're pouring from my heart.
I again hope for the best when you are concerned, and I urge you to hold on and to keep living, even things seem bleak for you right now...they'll get better. I understand all of what you're feeling as I've gone through it as well as some other things...I'll tell you something that I came up with as a sort of view on life:

"Know, that even in the midst of calamity and chaos, there is always peace and beauty....You just have to be willing fight for it, keep your head up, and look at what's right in front of you."

I wish you the best. ^^ Good luck.
Samio-Ana Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Artist
Oh dear god... my you may don't know but... your words help me a lot... Thanks... from the bottom of my heart ^^
UzumakiRamen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
My parents/family have similar backgrounds. They were Chinese refugees living in Vietnam during the war. My uncle actually fled to Cambodia to avoid being drafted in Vietnam only to have to flee right back to Vietnam once the genocides began in Cambodia. And by fleeing, I mean walking hundreds of miles by himself with no food or money, only the generosity of strangers. My parents don't tell me much about their own stories, and they get angry whenever I need to know information on family history for school-related things, so can only assume. I've never had to face anything like that in my own life, but I am always grateful to my family for giving me this easy life that they didn't have. And, like you, I have not stopped working towards my goals even when others have told me to be more realistic with what I am doing. Nobody actually tells me things are "impossible," I guess I'm lucky in that sense, as well.
Ryouba-Blue Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I give you props.
kitelina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
bgiffo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist

I'd like to give some positive for you. We're very interested in bringing you onboard our company as 3d Animation Director. I've sent you a message, but you might have missed it. Send me a message if you're interested! We'd love to have you with us.


SeverineHalo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
*nods* Never move back...only forward. NO BITCHING OUT! lol

On a serious note: I can relate Monty. Thanks for the inspirational words this morning. Hopefully you'll have a son (or daughter) you can say that to. Good luck on your road as well as everyone else on theirs. See you all at the end of the journey...
Aniki-san Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
It was simply beautiful, dude. I love your will.

I've been facing many provations lately. I changed university scoring the highest grades when everybody said I wouldn't manage to pass at the exams, Soon I'll be moving to live at a whole new city all by myself, I'm trying to change many things during 2010, finish projects, face my inner problems, family problems... In short, waking up for life.

After this, It's kinda obvious that I'm admiring you right now, and this journal is currently being printed and placed at a strategic place, because I'm sure it'll be really encouraging and useful to read sometimes from now on.

Thank you, really, and good luck with everything you do.
Luinta Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Aim towards the ceiling and bust right through it, for yours is the drill that shall PEIRCE THE HEAVENS!!!
Lazyqat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Monty thats awesome your so populer that people will actualy listen to you and be inspired i heard somthing the other day "Say what you mean those who mind dont matter and those who matter wont mind Dr. S." The road that is imperfect and difficult what i see in that road is good friends and some fun times it has its hard parts but also its rewarding ones there will always be risks in your life and nothing is impossible.
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
wish you the best
luthor112 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
"Never let anyone tell you that something is impossible."
You're right, Monty. You're very right.
I wish you success in your life!
darksorasan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
great blog. It's a motto I follow too:
"Impossible is just an excuse for those who give up".

I've always been ambitious with work and I've always proved others wrong so far. Sometimes, it's very easy to give easy :( It usually causes less problems to give up but the sense of accomplishment can never be matched.

I have a set goal in life and the way I feel now, is that nothing is gonna stop me. ;)
EliteGamerX Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Your words are truly humbling and inspirational to us all.
I'm my own harshest critic, but I still do what I can to stand out from the rest, even know that there are those who may be better than me.
Experience is essential, but drive is just as effective and it has no real limits.

"May those who accept their fate find happiness; may those who defy it find glory."

Hopefully, when it's all said and done, you could show us how it's done?

Thank you for your words of encouragement and I will be watching you from here on out!
kowaipanda Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Thanks Monty. I needed that type of encouragement~
"Never let anyone tell you that something is impossible."
great quote!
Vivacci Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Three times a year?!
rawr-kyro Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Only old people can do this or dieing ones :O
ChaosriderX Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your words really open my mind, and i know that the life is just about knowing your limits and accomplish something in your life no matter how hard it can be, the possibilities are unlimited and nothing is written in stone.. we write our own destiny and we just need a motivation or a dream to follow and we just try to make them a reality even if noone agrees with us.. its our dream, my dream or your own dream and in the end.. and once you see the results of your hard work you'll see that nothing was in vain by just trying and not giving up just because someone says is impossible. Anything is possible in life.. we just need to put our mind into it, i think that's the reward of great dedication and perseverance.

You have proven so far that, my friend. Those are so deep and great encouraging words and i really take them in the bottom of my heart, reminding me always that if you have walked for a hard and lonely road and be here right now. I also can and everyone must have conscience about it.. have in mind your wise words. Thanks Monty, you're truly a inspiration for me and i'll have in mind your kind words
Xiras Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, i just need to apply it to my life and DO it instead of putting things off...

Keep up the great work, cos it is awesome ^^ but remember to sleep - it helps ^^;
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