Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
- Thomas Edison.

Brian Tracy:
Perhaps the greatest challenge you will ever face in life is the conquest of fear and the development of courage.
Fear is, and always has been, the greatest enemy of mankind.
When Franklin D. Roosevelt said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, he was saying that the emotion of fear, rather than the realty of what we fear, is what causes us anxiety, stress, and unhappiness.
When you develop the habit of courage and unshakeable self-confidence, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for you.
Just imagine-what would you dare to dream or be or do if you weren't afraid of anything in the whole world?

Peter Dekom (Entertainment Lawyer):
My greatest fear:
I see massive changes all around me and folks thinking that it will all be fine when the economy turns around.
But what the economy masks is the underlying forces that challenge the future fibers of our livelihoods.
In entertainment, we see studios and music companies complaining that the laws need to stop infringers/pirates.
But what industry can survive if they need the government to change consumer behavior by force?
I see Americans assuming that they will be at the top of the food chain, and that China and India will just rise to our level.
No fall is expected.
What if they're wrong?
My fear is not change;
it is that we are completely unprepared for its consequences.

We all know people who come from nowhere and succeed brilliantly, and others who lose their way.
In talking to people who admittedly have lost their way from prisoners to classic underachievers they seem to share some common views and traits.
Primary is the underlying belief that all peoples success comes from stealing, cheating, luck, etc.
Successful Italian restaurants are fronts for the Mafia, successful actresses, models and businesswomen are all whores.
Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, one gentleman assured me, made his fortune as a member of Jesse Jamess gang, and founded Standard Oil as a front.
Everyone steals; the failures were merely unlucky and got caught.

***In a match that will further stoke criticism of the WTA ranking system, No.1-ranked Darina Safina lost to the 72nd-ranked woman in the world, Petra Kvitova.
***Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic grinded out victories, but Andy Roddick, eliminated by John Isner, became the first top-10 seed to fall on the mens side.
***Despite being just 17 years old and standing 5 feet 6 inches, Melanie Oudin, not the stars she grew up watching, is the focus of her countrys most important tennis tournament.

One and one is two;
two and two is four;
and "five will get you ten" if you work it right. (1940)


I've yet to ever encounter someone working on a movie set who was unhappy.
The sound guy loves doing soundthe wardrobe people embrace their assignments with joy.
Everyone on a set is thrilled to be doing what they are doing for a livingand we know just how lucky we are to be doing it.


"Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind.
It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees.
It is a temper of the will;
a quality of the imagination;
a vigor of the emotions;
it is a freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease.
This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years;
people grow old by deserting their ideals."
- Samuel Ullman.

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