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Katie Couric Quotes

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Katie Couric quotes: here is beloved American journalist Katie Couric’s most quoted content.

“I guess my first piece of advice better be: defy labels.  But there is something instructive here.  There is no substitute for hard work, for doing well at the job you’re in.”

“Be passionate.  Do what you love, even if you don’t love it every day.”

“One person with passion is better than 40 people merely interested.”

“Be secure enough in yourself to base success on personal growth.”

“There’s nothing as motivating as love, fear, and hope.”​

“Dig deep and believe in yourself and have the self-confidence you need to forge ahead.”

“Self-confidence is the most important characteristic of successful people.”

“Misperceiving that there is one correct choice is a common mistake.  Coming to understand that there are usually a few good choices – and then there’s the one you pick, commit to, and make great – is the best way to make flexible, optimal, good decisions in life.”

“I realized that whatever your path, whatever your calling, the most damaging thing you can do is let other voices define you and drown out your own.  You’ve got to block them out and find that place deep inside you, shaken but still intact, and hold on to it.”

“That means knowing – and accepting – your own strengths and weaknesses.  In other words… look at yourself honestly… understand your passions, your skills, your temperament, and your limitations.  If you’re a square peg, no matter how hard you and others try, you’re just not going to fit very well into a round hole.”

“All those people you pass as you climb the ladder of success could be the same ones who will catch you if you fall.”​

“She also taught me to accept failure as part and parcel of life.  It’s not the opposite of success; it’s an integral part of success.”

“Too often we still live with the pinched expectations of a culture of conformity, which sees daring as dangerous.  Go along to get along: that’s its mantra.  Only a principled refusal to be terrorized by these stingy standards will save you from a Frankenstein life made up of other people’s expectations grafted together into a poor imitation of existence.  You can’t afford to do that.  It is what has poisoned our culture, our community, and our national character.  No one does the right thing from fear, and so many of the wrong things are done in its long shadow.  Homophobia, racism, religious bigotry – they are all bricks in a wall that divides us, bricks cast of the clay of fear, fear of that which is different or unknown.”

“Be fearless.  Have the courage to take risks.  Go where there are no guarantees.  Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable.  The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps, and uncharted terrain.  But it is on that road where your character is truly tested.  And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is, and that’s okay.”

“A less-than-dream-job can help you find your dreams.”

“Not far around the corner from every ugly experience is something really beautiful.  And if you stop at every bitter comment you will never reach that beauty.”

“When you are doing something important, make sure you have a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes.”

“Write down five things you love to do.  Next, write down five things that you’re really good at.  Then just try to match them up!”

“A boat is always safe in the harbor, but that’s not what boats are built for.”

“There’s nothing like being in the moment, even when that moment isn’t captured or shared.”

“I hope I have a little talent, but a lot of it was luck.  I went through setbacks.  People said I looked too young, people said I wasn’t good, nobody said, ‘Come here, baby, we’re going to make you a star.’  Early on, when I’d say, ‘Can I do some anchoring?’ people would look at me like I was crazy.”

“But I have never felt stronger or more confident.  And I know that I would have regretted not taking this chance of a lifetime.  I hope that, when you feel it in your heart, you will also take a leap of faith and go for it.”

“At least for me personally, I’ve always tried to do a really good job every day, with each interview, and treat each interview seriously, and make the person I’m speaking with feel comfortable, hopefully… make it an ideal experience.”

“I love the smell of estrogen in the morning.”

“I beg.  I call.  I badger.  I cajole.  Part of the secret is everyone has fun and that’s really motivating.”

“I never learned anything when I was talking.”

“The sooner you learn that life is not fair, the better off you’ll be.”

“You can’t assume that kindness is an inherited trait.  It is learned behavior.”

“It’s fine to be on the hamster wheel, running and running, trying to grab the brass ring or whatever you define as success, but your relationships, that’s really all that matters when it’s all said and done.”

“Changing the world doesn’t happen all at once.  It isn’t a big bang.  It’s an evolution, the sum of a billion tiny sparks.  And some of those sparks will have to come from you.”

“Sometimes I think change is a good thing.  Although it may be terrifying to get out of your comfort zone, it’s also very exciting to start a new chapter in your life.”

“The competition is one aspect of the job, but I think if you’re too busy worrying about the competition, you don’t focus enough on what you’re doing.”

“Persistence is critical.  Being creative and persistent is even better.”

“I think it’s dangerous if your goal in life is to get the other guy, then you’re not going to be doing a really quality job yourself.”

“You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.”

“What brought me into the TV business is what keeps me here and happy.  You can learn something new every day if you have a really positive attitude.”

“I think sometimes people project things on you, but I’m trying to handle everything that’s happened to me with a certain amount of grace, dignity, and good manners.  You just can’t necessarily win all the time.”

“And they like being able to turn on the television day in and day out to see someone that they know and they feel comfortable with and trust, hopefully, and respect even.”

“The person I enjoyed interviewing the most was Elmo from Sesame Street because he is so unpredictable and he is always eating my hair and my face.”

“My daughters depend on me for a lot more than food, clothing, and shelter.  They depend on me as an example of how to go on.”

“Be bold, be humble, be brave, be resilient, be productive, be good – good to yourselves and good to each other.  Be careful, be caring.”

Happiness has much more to do with your basic constitution, your outlook on life, and loving what you do.”

“I’ve always tried to stay true to my authentic self.”

“So no matter how much potential you think you have, a little humility will serve you well – and help you focus on doing your best in the job you’ve got, rather than plotting to get the job you think you deserve.”

“Find the joy.  Life goes by in an instant.  In this fast-paced, crazy world, slow down enough to appreciate and revel in the many things you will experience – a baby’s smile, the beautiful symmetry of a cherry blossom, the embrace of a comforted friend, the spectacular palate of a desert sunset.”

Know what pairs nicely with Katie’s quotes?  Diane Sawyer’s.

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