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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.

—Steve Jobs (by Matt Yohe, Creative Commons)

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Find Your Passion

From a little spark may burst a flame.

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—Dante (Public domain)

…You would be amazed at the percentage of people who live their lives in an almost subconscious state; going through the motions in a rote, passionless manner. They see their impact on the world around them as granular, nearly undetectable. They do what they must to survive, but their happiness is limited and the great dreams they once had are almost extinguished.

Dear God, that sounds depressing. But it is the simple reality for millions upon millions of Americans. We don’t realize the scope of the problem because most suffer quietly, not wishing to burden the people around them with what they see as their own failings. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Regardless of age, circumstances, or the depth of the pit in which we have placed ourselves, God has given us the ability to change our current state. In fact, God expects us to change our situation.

The first step is to realize that we are not alone in our suffering—not by a long shot. The second step is to dust off those old dreams and find the one that can still create a spark in our lives. Or go in another direction altogether and uncover a new passion. Now, we must throw ourselves into this new world, working to surround our little spark with as much combustible material as possible. It may take some time, but if we refuse to give up, from our little spark will burst a flame.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

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— Vincent van Gogh

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Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive.

Friedman, Milton

—Milton Friedman

Show me a trailblazer who changed an industry, or the world, and I will show you someone who was impugned and made fun of for what they set out to accomplish.  Screw the naysayers—develop a plan to achieve your grand vision and forge ahead, day in and day out, with blinders on!


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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs

—Steve Jobs

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A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.

van Gogh, Vincent

—Vincent van Gogh

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A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.

Schwab, Charles M

—Charles M. Schwab, American steel magnate

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The misery that oppresses you lies not in your profession but in yourself!  What man in the world would not find his situation intolerable if he chooses a craft, an art, indeed any form of life, without experiencing an inner calling?  Whoever is born with a talent, or to a talent, must surely find in that the most pleasing of occupations!  Everything on this earth has its difficult sides!  Only some inner drive—pleasure, love—can help us overcome obstacles, prepare a path, and lift us out of the narrow circle in which others tread out their anguished, miserable existence!


—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.

Howard Schultz, chief executive officer of Starbucks Corp., attends a promotional event for the company's VIA Coffee Essence instant coffee in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Starbucks Corp., the world's largest coffee shop operator, will sell its Via Coffee Essence powder in Japan, challenging Nestle SA in the world's biggest instant coffee market. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

—Howard Schultz

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Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

Seneca the Younger 4 BC to 65 AD

—Seneca the Younger, 4 BC – 65 AD

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