The secret of happiness

It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.

~ James M. Barrie

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Grit

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

~ Angela Lee Duckworth

Living Normally, for me, was Dancing

Some people sometimes ask me if dance is a passion for me. But it is much more than a passion, it’s part of me. It’s like breathing, it’s a need. It is true that dancing helped me to set myself goals but if I continued to attend classes during my chemotherapy, it was not just to achieve and keep myself in shape. I wanted to continue living normally. And living normally for me was dancing.

Certaines personnes me demandent parfois si la danse est une passion pour moi. Mais c’est bien plus qu’une passion, ça fait partie de moi. C’est comme respirer, c’est un besoin. C’est vrai que danser m’a permis de me fixer des objectifs mais si j’ai continué à suivre des cours pendant ma chimiothérapie, ce n’était pas juste pour les atteindre et me maintenir en forme. J’avais l’impression de continuer à vivre normalement. Et vivre normalement, pour moi, c’était danser.

~ Stéphane Bullion, Danseur Etoile à l’Opéra National de Paris, Vivre normalement, pour moi, c’était danser

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.

The Holster Manifesto

This is your life.
Do what you love, and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop;
they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over analyzing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people,
we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is,
and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them,
so go out and start creating.
Life is short.
Live your dream and share your passion.

~ The Holstee Manifesto

Follow your heart and intuition

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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

~ Steve Jobs

Live each day as if it was your last

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

~ Steve Jobs

You’ve got to find what you love…

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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