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Jewel Kilcher

Jewel quotes: because anyone known worldwide by their first name only is someone I wanna learn from.

“Your life becomes what you believe.”

“You have to know what you want to ever be able to have it.”

“Be bold.  Name what you want.  Give it voice and then give it action.”

“Success is not guaranteed but commitment and courage are the only insurance we have.  This is serious.  Every day that passes is another day closer to looking back on your life and seeing whether you have done something meaningful.  Don’t let the days pass without doing something great.  Be the architect of your dreams.”

“Self worth sets the standard that life meets.”

“Everything is temporary if you give it enough time.”

“No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from.”

“The things you fear are undefeatable, not by their nature, but by your approach.”

“The truth is that no one can keep you captive.  No one can keep you unhappy.  No one can keep you abused.  Our lives rise to the level we accept.  We do not need to let our histories or our losses define us except in the way we choose.  We are never broken.”

“We all need to demand the happiness for ourselves we desire.  Fight for it.”

“All things change.  Cultivate flexibility rather than perfection.”

“There’s no wrong you can’t make right again, so be kinder to yourself; you know, have fun, take chances.  Those bounds.”

“Suffering is everywhere.  Don’t ever think it isn’t.  So are miracles.  Don’t ever think they aren’t.”

“We can’t underestimate the value of silence.  We need to create ourselves, need to spend time alone.  If you don’t, you risk not knowing yourself and not realizing your dreams.”

“Reality is what you believe it to be.  It’s what you put your thought and energy into, because your hands physically manifest thought.  So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.”

“It’s really fun to see young kids trying to find excellence in themselves.”

“I was so lucky to be raised believing in some part of myself – believing that if I put my mind to something, I should be able to figure it out.”

“Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales.  I’ve always hoped to have a really long career.  So I’ve tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity.  As a side effect I got really famous and really big.  I didn’t realize the two could go together.”

“We must demand more – not from each other – but more from ourselves.”

“I grew up bar-singing and saw all kinds of ways people tried to outrun their emotional pain.  It doesn’t work.  You end up with the original pain, as well as new pain added on top of it from the tactics you used trying to avoid it in the first place.  It’s best to take a deep breath, bolster yourself, and walk through it.”

“Writing is a really good first step toward that goal of knowing yourself.”

“I make a living with a song, and I feel honored to do something I love and believe in.”

“Once you are successful, there’s a very seductive rhythm at work that keeps you wanting to outdo yourself.”

“I enjoy hard work, I love setting goals and achieving them.”

“I’ve always been a workhorse, and I’ve been supporting myself since I was 15.”

“I was probably the only fourth grader that went right from the elementary school to the bar.  And I watched how people handled pain.  I watched people use relationships, drugs, alcohol to try to numb and medicate feelings… and I was like, ‘I’m in trouble.'”

“Writing was my first mindfulness practice.  I noticed every time I sat down to write, I felt calmer, I felt less anxiety, and it took the edge off just enough.  I had plenty of anxiety.  But the anxiety lessened every time I wrote and later as I developed this practice of writing, it was like having breadcrumbs back to my real self.  I was always able to see the truth when I wrote.”

“I knew statistically kids like me end up repeating the cycles that they’re raised by.  So I knew statistically I was going to end up in a ditch or on a pole or on drugs or in an abusive relationship in short order, because that was the emotional language I was taught.”

“I started writing lyrics about what I was seeing around me and ‘Who Will Save Your Soul’ was the first song I actually ever wrote.  I wrote that when I was 16, as I was hopping trains and hobo-ing and street singing.  I noticed this idea of people wanting to be a victim and saying, ‘Somebody else save me,’ and I started asking this question, ‘How do I save myself?'”

“I started watching my hands because your hands are the servants of your thoughts.  If you want to see what you’re thinking just watch what your hands are doing.”

“Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate.”

“I’m becoming more and more myself with time.  I guess that’s what grace is.  The refinement of your soul through time.”

“One man came up to me at a taco stand and said, ‘I have no idea who you are, but I can see everyone is staring at you, so you must be somebody.  I just wanted to tell you that you are not that special.  You’re no more special than me.’  I looked at him with a mouth full of food and managed to say, ‘Thanks.  I agree.'”

“I try to give myself permission to be a work-in-progress and not have everything figured out at once.  It’s more manageable and takes some of the pressure off of feeling like I have to have everything right all the time.”

“I like pressure.  If I am not on the edge of failure, I’m not being sufficiently challenged.”

“I want my whole life to be a great work of art, not just my art.  And that means paying attention to my entire life and trying to make sure my whole life is balanced.”

“I have a life that I enjoy; I try and value the things that I think are worth valuing and everything else is icing.  You know, it is a kick to go down the red carpet in that dress and then you go back home.”

“My whole goal is to keep my spirit intact.  If that doesn’t happen, none of this is worth it.”

“I don’t want to look back on my life and go, ‘My art is my best art.’  I want my life to be my best work of art.”

“I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people’s truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave.”

“Sharing lets us feel less isolated and puts us on a path of being connected.  At the end of the day, that’s what we all want.”

“Live your life with love and bravery and you shall lead a life uncommon.”

“Who will save your soul, if you won’t save your own?”

“Dreams last so long, even after you’re gone.”

“It’s like a garden: whatever you water the most will do the best.”

“In the end only kindness matters.”

About the author: Cory Johnson likes hip-hop, comedy, cold beer, curvy women and writing. His net worth is $11 million. Here’s how he did it.

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