If you’re not enjoying yourself you’re not doing it right.
Work will keep your mind of your worries.
Lose in the beginning; win in the end.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Refuse to believe that your life will have a sad ending.
Be passionate about what you do, and you will be saved.
There is no ‘magic cure’ to your problems, so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
Look for happiness in common things.
If you are not going forwards, you are going backwards.
Encourage love -Julianne Hough
We keep each other going.
Plan your funeral and you are sure to die tomorrow. Plan your life and you may well live to 100.
Something’s got to be at steak!
You got to be hungry!
Live with some urgency
Thank God for music, my savior! -Pitbull
A stumble may prevent a fall, or a stumble may begin a fall. (Gretchen Rubin)
If God wants to see how hard life is, let him become a man!
He who comes back from the abyss is stronger for it, and in the end will win.
I was walking one day in downtown Columbus. I had parked my car in the lot of restaurant next to the riverfront. The place was closed and I decided to take the pathway down to the place where there’s a replica of the Christopher Columbus’ boat – the Santa Maria that he and Spain used to find the new world. In fact, I had seen that boat numerous times, so I was not particularly interested in it, but last time I went there I noticed that near the boat, next to the road there is a small park – very little, triangular in shape, and mostly with concrete instead of grass. Anyway, this park caught my attention last time I had been there because it has a few bronze statues of mythological creatures. In fact, I went up to one of them and I saw that it was a unicorn, which looks like a small pony with a cone sticking out of its forehead. Then I read the plaque beneath that read: “Now the unicorn could not ask any more questions because he knew all things. The only thing the unicorn did not have was taste.” I thought those words to be rather interesting, although I did not contemplate on them much. Well, on this particular day, which was a few months later, in November, I wanted to go back to that little park to see that unicorn again, and to see if there were any other statues there that I might have missed the last time I had been there. And so I climbed the steps up to the park and I saw the unicorn again with his horn sticking out of his head. I read the plaque again, and again I was amused.
Then, interestingly enough, I saw another bronze statue of a quirky looking animal – another mythological creature. It looked like a leopard, but it had wings. I proceeded to read the plaque. The griffin, said the plaque, has what it does not need. Which if you think about it makes sense: why would a leopard need wings? Then the plaque said something extremely wise: “The griffin was afraid to be wrong. Do not be like the griffin.” As I read those lines, I thought they were revolutionary and very liberating. The griffin’s problem, you see, was fundamentally that he was afraid to be himself. And I think, especially when we are growing up, that is a problem that we all face. We are afraid that our behavior, or some characteristic of ours is unacceptable unto others, and so we hide it, in order to gain more acceptance. We, like the griffin, are afraid what other people will think. But ultimately, you need to realize that other people will not judge you. Other people are a lot less judgmental than your or the griffin believes! They are busy with their own lives. In fact, if you are one of those people who wants to please others at your own expense, here’s what I’ve got to say: do not be like the griffin. Do not be afraid to be wrong. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being yourself.
excerpted from my speech Good Luck!
Never give up
Music is the best medicine
The edge makes you better. You don’t want to be too relaxed. Harness it! (toastmasters podcast)
It takes a lot of energy to hate. Love is easier
Beware of drift (a decision by not deciding) -Gretchen Rubin
A place chosen by forefit always leads to defeat
Life was hard in the past. Life is hard today. Life will always be hard in the future.
Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have.
The above quote was suggested to me by Pitbull, whose music and lyrics have traits of motivation. Let us talk a little bit about that quote. There is an undeniable truth in it. Nobody knows what it takes to get to the top, because nobody sees the guts; they only see the glory.
The guts are ugly! Nobody wants to see them. Nobody wants to see the journey travelled from the bottom of the mountain to the top. And that is the journey that the aspiring artist/musician/writer must travel alone. This is the time when nobody is buying your stuff, and nobody is showing up to your concerts. That’s guts. To show up, when nobody else is, when you’re the only one who cares about your work; when there’s no inspiration from the audience. Because there is no audience! That’s when it takes courage to put one foot forward in front of the other, and trudge forth, and climb your way to the top of your mountain.
When we watch awards shows we only see the glory. We see recognition for success. And we think “Hey I wanna be on stage! I wanna be recognized for being a great success.” But that’s the tip of the ice berg. 99% of the ice berg is beneath the ocean; it’s all effort, largely unrecognized, used to propel that 1% of achievement into the stage of recognition.
The audience just wants to see the polished and finished product, the shining star. They don’t want to see how the star was made. They don’t want know how the star was made. But the artist knows how he was made, what he put himself through, often what life put him through, against his will, on his way to the top of his career. But then again, it’s the work itself that keeps you going; recognition for living your dream is a nice bonus.
They don’t know what it takes to get to… Until you triumph!
Time will point the way
Hard work is a talent
Admit a mistake halfway, and change paths before it is too late.
It’s always darkest before the dawn
Wait for the right time
Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who pursue them. (popular)