I think we have much more to say about what happens to us than most people believe.
Whether a person is spiritual or not, we all seek to get away from the stress, anger, and anxiety of everyday life. Some people drink, do drugs, or do worse to escape, and they hurt themselves in the process. Some people listen to music, mine included, and feel better.
Sometimes we get caught up in our troubles and our problems and we let life slip away, but life is precious, all of life, and one must try to take in as much of it as possible.
My father taught me that one of the most important abilities in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this lesson had served me well.
These changes are part of what keeps me interested and excited. Life won't let me keep coming at it from the same angle.
It seems that in every culture, however tough life is and however impossible the conditions, there are some resilient human beings who find their way through, who survive and make something of themselves.
Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don't give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life's problems will fall away and you will get what you want. It happens. It works.
The more doubt you have, the less likely it is that the creation will come to life.
If my music can change someone's mood for the better even a little bit, that's amazing.
I don't dwell in the past; I don't wallow in old events and emotions. I don't waste time on regret. No use going over and over the details of what already happened.
You do good work for a long-enough time, I believed, and you'd get noticed.
On the plane home I remember thinking that I am who I am because I have faith in myself, and it has always been the possibility of emotionally rewarding the experiences that has encouraged me to gamble on myself; those experiences have made all that I do worthwhile.
The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you'll be.
Of all the forces that are exerted on us over our lifetime, at least for me, love has been the most powerful of all.
You need a mind open to possibility, conditioned to love the creative spirit we all have inside ourselves.
We're all capable if we have faith and passion.
Sometimes the knowledge you've been given in school or by an elder - this is just the way it is - keeps you from accomplishing because it traps you in a box in your mind and limits your freedom to deliver.
Endurance is mind over matter.
The engaged mind stays sharp and retains tremendous capacity.
My new question was, What do you do when your dreams come true? My answer was: Find new ones.
All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent.
My father once said, 'If the whole world wants to go left and you feel like going right, go right. You don't have to follow. You don't have to make a big deal about which way you're going. Just go. It's very easy.
I was tough on myself because I feared being a lazy procrastinator and the inevitable result: being mediocre or second best. I always went the extra mile.
That adage about genius being 5 percent inspiration and 95 perspiration - it's true.