“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, insight, and sensitivity — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity and efficiency is the highest priority.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Confucius

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“What drives you? What makes you excited about each day? What would you do for free just to be doing it? What would you never want to retire from doing? Is there something that you would give up everything else for all your material possessions and comforts – just to do because you feel so good doing it? If you haven’t found the work God intends for you, ask yourself these questions.” – Nick Vujicic, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith In Action

“Throw a seed in the seemingly empty earth and watch life spring forth from the emptiness. Think of the creative artist. She knows that for all her searching, concentrating, and disciplined effort, the really exciting breakthroughs will come as inspirations from the emptiness.” – Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living

“Make the most of the time you have. Be deliberate. Take it step by step. Control what you can; forget the rest.” – Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living