The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination by itself would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor while expanding opportunities for economic betterment.
You've got to eat while you dream. You've got to deliver on short-range commitments while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range and delivering a long-range plan and executing on that.
Success is about enjoying what you have and where you are while pursuing achievable goals.
While I was doing stand-up I thought I knew for sure that success meant getting everyone to like me. So I became whoever I thought people wanted me to be. I'd say yes when I wanted to say no and I even wore a few dresses.
You do the work and you want people to see it but um while I'm doing the work the result doesn't matter at all to me. Ultimately I don't I don't care whether the film is - you know - some big giant box-office bonanza and I don't care if its a complete flop. To me when a film gets made and it's actually finished it's a success. They're all a success in their own way.
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined worthwhile personal goals.
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
The overall strength of Chinese culture and its international influence is not commensurate with China's international status. The international culture of the West is strong while we are weak.
While other industries have suffered the nonprofit arts world continues to build in strength while it encourages the growth of innumerable small businesses on its periphery thereby creating more jobs.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
I'll do strength training in my dressing room between shoots and I've been known to make business calls while out jogging. I try to mute myself on Bluetooth so they can't hear me huffing and puffing but I usually end up getting caught.
I realized a while back that I have an innate ability to be compassionate and I saw that the strength of compassion is something that healers have and healers use.'
I realized that while I would never be my mother nor have her life the lesson she had left me was that it was possible to love and care for a man and still have at your core a strength so great that you never even needed to put it on display.
So while you're an athlete and you have that platform what you want to be able to do is make it work for you as much as possible because there's going to be life after sports.
One of the most difficult things for people who have been successful in sports is adapting to the daily world where you can't get an answer from someone until 5 o'clock tomorrow. There is always an excuse. Living 40 or 50 years like that doesn't get too exciting after a while.
While writing my first 90 books I was magazine editor publisher book publisher executive etc. so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
For a while I was on the cover of every Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue which was regarded as the pinnacle of success in America.
Most people compliment me on maintaining my femininity while I'm on the court. People like the fact that I model. My fans or little girls always say they want to play sports but also want to be a model like me and I think that's great.
I'm not good at anything except writing jokes. I wasn't good at sports I wasn't good at anything artsy ever. I think there was a real worry for a while about what I would be good at. I was just this chubby little Indian kid who looked like a nerd.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
Since I have come to America I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come but while living in America I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside.
I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
Before I do anything I think well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile.