Performance-wise, you really need to be down in the trenches; you need to do the hard work, for a lot of reasons: To build yourself as a performer, to get a sense of the audience, to work hard and to wonder, ‘Do I really want to do this?’
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do this too, shall pass
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living
Allow me to tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity
Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work – and realizing what is an opportunity and what isn’t
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The phrase ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race
You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might
Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra spark
I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one
I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy
If you know, let others light their candles in it
As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to. Is that you?