If you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.
— Barack Obama
Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. – Ralph Charell
Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations ― Ralph Charell
I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.
— David Bowie, 2002
All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.
— David Bowie, 2003
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. — Steve Jobs
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. – Yo-Yo Ma