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Director David Fincher’s Best Piece of Career Advice

"I'll never be finished with it..."

Adam Grant, the author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World recently sat down with one of the world’s best directors.

David Fincher, the director of classics like Fight Club, Gone Girl, Zodiac, The Social Network, and the new Netflix series Mindhunter discussed his views on passion, career choices, and his next film.

The iconic director knows it is vital to care about a project, but not to be the one who cares so much that you’re the only person who pushes it forward. Essentially, this all comes down to the avoidance of micromanaging and passing passion along to those around you.

“You have to somehow impart how much you care about stuff to a number of other people and get them to care,” said the director.

Many directors feel like they need to "do something," but Fincher believes they shouldn’t settle unless they are the only one who can make the film the best it can be.

“You have to think of it in terms of planned obsolescence. I’ll never be finished with it; at some point, it’ll be finished with me,” concluded the director. When it comes to choosing the project, Fincher believes, “You should be ready to go to the mat for it.”

In order to get that done, push the project forward, and make the best film possible, Fincher also believes it’s important to “put blinders on yourself so that you don’t get bogged down in minutiae that no one will ever experience,” he said.

Currently, Fincher has just wrapped Mindhunter and is preparing to film World War Z 2 with Brad Pitt, which will be their fourth film together.