Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal.
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just … start.
What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?
Work until your idols become your rivals.
Don’t ever feel bad for making a decision that upsets other people. You are not responsible for their happiness. You are responsible for your happiness.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen and whatever you resist, persists.
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
What worries you masters you.
My lawyer gives the same speech to everyone who wants to do business with me now. ‘Nicki is not one of those artists who allow her representatives to make decisions for her.’ I’m on conference calls all day with lawyers, accountants, and executives—people of power—and they treat me with respect. Because I command respect. I’m not cocky, but I deserve to know what’s going on. It’s my brand and my life. That’s my advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want—and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.
Nicki Minaj, Elle, April 2013
I love Nicki.
This is good advice. You don’t know what people might do behind your back when you’re in business—you have to keep an eye on everything. Do it from the start, and people will get used to it.(via tamorapierce)