"Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
When I was 17, 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.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have 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 am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." - Steve Jobs (Stanford Commencement Address June 12, 2005)
Mark David Gerson absolutely practices what he preaches! His manifesto 'Rules' for Living and Writing on his homepage tell it all. He not only is a phenomenal writer, but he also encourages others to find the same solace in writing that he has. Furthermore, he goes the extra mile and encourages those inclined, to write beyond the fear that usually holds us back. He is a blessing!
Mark David Gerson, screenwriter, award-winning author and creator of The Q'ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels and films; author "The MoonQuest," Part 1 of the trilogy, and of "The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write," a book that inspires...
Queen Elizabeth I is a personal favorite of mine, as I was fortunate enough to be born on the same day (Sept. 7th) as she was. I can only hope to have a fraction of her remarkable determination and fortitude! Her over 40 year reign was reportedly the most successful and peaceful of the monarchy up to that point, due to her shrewd and brilliant governing decisions. She did it all without the encumbrance of husband or children!
I personally challange anyone to not be inspired after having learned about this remarkable woman's life. She was a bold, brash young woman who faced physical pain and disability that most of us would never dream of living through, due to a horrific streetcar accident. Bedridden for extended periods she learned to paint and used the medium to work through the pain. She walked again after being told by doctors that she never would! Frida used her love of life to go on to marry the legendary muralist Diego Rivera and continue to document her inner life in her paintings. Her life is truly inspirational!
This documentary explores the extraordinary life of 20th-century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. Rita Moreno narrates the film.
Highly recommended documentary about the amazingly prolific Mildred Benson, the original writer of the 'Nancy Drew Mysteries'. One year she wrote 10 novels and had a baby all while working as a reporter! Think about that the next time you are tempted to make an excuse that you can't do what you love.
Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated the Peter Rabbit books. She was another woman who was guilty of doing things in the 1900's that were considered 'unseemly' for young ladies in England. She actually 'wrote' books! She lived her dream by putting her dreams on paper in ink and paint. The result is a connection between young and old that has spanned over generations. If you are someone who likes to 'doodle' and make up little stories in your head - Beatrix Potter may easily provide you with the inspiration to keep at your craft. For that is what you are doing, whether you believe it or not - you are not only crafting art, but you are crafting your life!
Find out more about the life of Beatrix Potter by visiting the Peter Rabbit website. Find out everything you wanted to know today!
Berenice Abbott's contribution to photography, generally, and the visual history of New York, specifically, is undisputed. Her life is fascinating, but to me the story of her quest to photograph New York as everyday people saw it, is extraordinary! She lived in Paris in the 1920's and she came upon Eugene Atget's photos of Paris. Berenice had been trying to find him to see his work. When she finally located his home she found out from the landlord that he just died! The landlord was just about to throw out many of his photographs! Berenice begged to take them off the landlord's hands. Thus was born her desire to document New York in the same manner the Master Atget had documented Paris! See, an idea can strike at any time so cherish your ideas when they come - they can only be born if you choose to give them life!
Anyone who's seen Hearst Castle, whether in person or in photos, has to admire the unique and talented designer of the property. Julia Morgan, is that Architect at a time in history that women were not publically educated, much less employed in most professions. Her story is truly inspirational!
Thank you, Nanette Saylor for including this article in your own 'Scoop.it' magazine. It illustrates nicely my belief that we all can make our creative dreams come true if we only dare to be ourselves.
Susan Branch is very much with us and a true inspiration to thousands of people who simply love daily living. She is a self-taught artist who brings her creativity to what others would call the mundane. She can make a walk down a back woods lane in Martha's Vineyard a delight for the senses. She sees beauty and grace all around her and shows others how to recognize the same in their lives. If you are looking for a friend who will bring out the best in you, Susan will fit the bill!
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