To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E.E. Cummings  ()

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.

Unknown  ()

Make two lists: your ideal day, and all the things that fill up your day (all your commitments). Start by eliminating commitments that are not essential, that don’t make up your ideal day — call or email people and tell them you can no longer commit to the commitment, that you don’t have the time. People will be disappointed but will live.

Leo Babauta  ()

It’s very difficult to be insulted, if you’re doing what you want.

Dev Hynes  ()

Fashion is: knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Gore Vidal  ()

Fear is epic. Whatever it is that scares you, you’ve simply just got to want it bad enough — bad enough that the pain of NOT moving forward is greater than the pain of taking action. Doing this will give you no other choice but to rally every single cell of your body, mind, heart, and soul to move forward and fight for it — honorably, and with conviction. And then make it yours.

Justin Dickmeyer  ()

I live in my dreams – that’s what you sense.
Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.

Hermann Hesse  ()

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill  ()

Every time somebody asks you to do something and you say yes to something you don’t want to do, you’re going to end up hating yourself a little bit more, you’re going to do a bad job, you’re going to make less money, you gonna burn yourself out.

James Altucher  ()

Follow your instincts and don’t be afraid. There’s no point in looking at what other people are doing wondering if what you’re doing might be better or not. That way of thinking is a disaster.

Sophie Hicks  ()

When you make something no one hates. No one loves it.

Tibor Kalman  ()

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.

Muhammad Ali  ()

Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.

James Surowiecki  ()

Choosing to do something not because it is easy but because it is hard is something we should all get behind.

Michael Eades  ()

Happiness comes from achieving success doing what you love, while ignoring the trappings that symbolize success in that field.

Joey Roth  ()

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Steve Martin  ()

Lastly, on a personal level, what do you find sexy?
Intention. Anything that is done with intention, whether a thought or action.

Maxime Buechi  ()

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Steve Jobs  ()

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou  ()

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain  ()

The most accomplished people are simply experts at what they choose to do, not how they do it. Spend most of your time on the right things. Don’t wait for permission. And get comfortable with declining everything by default.

Oliver Emberton  ()

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.

Diana Rankin  ()

Consider what the majority of designers do to promote themselves in this brave new maker-creative culture. People like my friend, Elliot Jay Stocks: making his own magazine, making music, distributing WordPress themes, and writing about his experiences. Yes, it is important for him that he has an audience, and yes, he wants us to buy his stuff, but no, he won’t try to impress or trick us into liking him. It’s our choice.

Jon Tan  ()

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

William Blake  ()

Know yourself and you will win all battles.

Sun Tzu  ()

Self-Confidence produces fine results.

Stefan Sagmeister  ()

Truth is beautiful, no matter how ugly.

John Baldessari  ()

The very best form of self-promotion is celebration. To celebrate is to share the joy of what you do (and critically also celebrate what others do) and invite folks to participate in the party. To show off is a weakness of character — an act that demands acknowledgement and accolade before the actor can feel the tragic joy of thinking themselves affirmed. To celebrate is to share joy. To show-off is to yearn for it.

Jon Tan  ()

If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.

Chris Dixon  ()

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

Dr. Seuss  ()

He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t.

Pablo Picasso  ()

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin  ()

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Sister Corita Kent  ()