Thursday, May 27, 2010

What Entertainers Can Tell Us about Personal Strength, Part II

The life and work of an entertainer involves a level of effort and sacrifice unknown to most of us. After a lifetime of that, they have plenty of stories to tell and lessons learned to share.

In the past I've shared words of wisdom of actors, songwriters and other entertainers. I didn't get past the Ds, so here's another dozen from my stash of quotes...

On DECISIVENESS - "You can tell any story 20 different ways. The trick is to pick one and go with it." - Clint Eastwood

On PASSION - "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald

On SELF-ESTEEM - “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” - Judy Garland 

On EFFORT “I can get into higher and higher levels of not doing, and it’s good. And then I look forward to doing again, to working really hard at doing. It’s a great way to live.” - Gregory Hines

On INTEGRITY - “Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” - Janis Joplin 

On AWARENESS - “Life is a great big canvas—throw all the paint on it you can.” - Danny Kaye 

On SELF-DISCIPLINE - “Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization somehow releases or frees you to operate more effectively.” - Larry King 

On SELF-DEVELOPMENT - "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." - B. B. King 

On FOCUS - "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." - Bruce Lee 

On COOPERATION - "I get by with a little help from my friends." - John Lennon 

On ACCOUNTABILITY - “If people were really to sit down and honestly look at themselves and the consequences of their actions, they would try to live their lives a lot differently.” - George Lucas

On GRATITUDE - "Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." - Groucho Marx

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength . (1931 photo of Groucho Marx from Wikimedia, no known copyright.)

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