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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Passion and Inspiration

1 - "It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the things we do not. 'Cuz I assure you I've done a lot of really stupid things, and none of them bothered me.  All of the mistakes and all the dopey things, and all of the times I was embarrassed, they don't matter.  Last August I was told that in all likelihood that I had three to six months left to live.  Somebody said to me in light of those numbers, 'Wow, so you're really beating the grim reaper.' We don't beat the reaper by living longer.  We beat the reaper by living well and living fully, for the reaper will come for all of us.  The question is what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up 'cuz when he shows up it's too late to do all the things that you always wanna kinda get around to." - Randy Pausch

2 - "When I was seventeen, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right', and since then for the past thirty-three years, I've looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart." - Steve Jobs

3 - "And you will need to find your passion.  Many of you have already done it, many of you will later.  Many of you may take 'til you're thirties or forties, but don't give up on finding it, right, because all you're doing is waiting for the reaper." - Randy Pausch

4 - "As a child my parents always told me you could be whatever you want to be, you could do whatever you want to do, but I didn't totally believe it.  Yet, I went out in the world and I carried myself, and I held my head high, and I stood there, and I looked people in their eyes, and I talked to people as if I was deserving of everything that this planet has to offer.  I really want to say to children out there and to people who are watching.  Confucius said one time, 'He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right.' And I want you to keep in your heart just know that you can, know that you can.  And it is gonna get hard, and you're gonna want to quit sometimes, but it'll be colored by who you are, and more who you want to be.  I definitely found that wanting to be an actor stems from wanting to be somebody." - Will Smith
5 - "I said I'm not losing.  I'm still here.  I'm fighting, I'm not losing. When you die it does not mean that you lose to cancer.  You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."  - Stuart Scott     

6 - "Find your passion and follow it.  You will not find that passion in things, and you will not find that passion in money because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric, and there will always be someone with more." - Randy Pausch

7 -  "I want the world to be better because I was here.  If you're not not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time.  You know, your life will become better by making other lives better.  The first step before anybody else in the world believes you is you have to believe it.  Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.  Why would you be realistic? What's the point of being realistic?" - Will Smith
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams