Category: Emotional Awareness

Will Smith

“The central idea of love is not even a relationship commitment, the first thing is a personal commitment to be the best version of yourself with or without that person that you’re with. You have to every single day — mind, body, and spirit — wake up with a commitment to be better.” Huffington Post

Anna Lynne McCord

-McCord talks about being sexually assaulted, and what it took for her to come to terms with what happened to her, and breaking the silence.
“I have a message for women and young girls: Don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t let the polite lies of society silence you. Honestly, I would endure everything all over again–it has led me to my own revolution.”  Cosmo Magazine

Taylor Swift

“If I had to give my younger self some advice, it would be that you have to laugh at things. You have to laugh at things that scare you, things that intimidate you, and things that hurt you. You have to laugh when you’re humiliated, when you’re rejected. Maybe not immediately, but at a certain point, you have to be able to turn whatever bad experience you’ve had into a funny dinner party joke.”  People Magazine

Steven Speilberg

“And I was lucky that at 18 I knew what I exactly wanted to do. But I didn’t know who I was. How could I? And how could any of us? Because for the first 25 years of our lives, we are trained to listen to voices that are not our own. Parents and professors fill our heads with wisdom and information, and then employers and mentors take their place and explain how this world really works. And usually these voices of authority make sense, but sometimes, doubt starts to creep into our heads and into our hearts. And even when we think, ‘that’s not quite how I see the world,’ it’s kind of easier to just to nod in agreement and go along, and for a while, I let that going along define my character. Because I was repressing my own point of view, because like in that Nilsson song, ‘Everybody was talkin’ at me, so I couldn’t hear the echoes of my mind.’ And at first, the internal voice I needed to listen to was hardly audible, and it was hardly noticeable — kind of like me in high school. But then I started paying more attention, and my intuition kicked in. And I want to be clear that your intuition is different from your conscience. They work in tandem, but here’s the distinction: Your conscience shouts, ‘here’s what you should do,’ while your intuition whispers, ‘here’s what you could do.’ Listen to that voice that tells you what you could do. Nothing will define your character more than that. Because once I turned to my intuition, and I tuned into it, certain projects began to pull me into them, and others, I turned away from.”  Spielberg’s 2016 Commencement speech to Harvard Grads

Channing Tatum

 Channing Tatum was medicated for a learning disability when he was young.

“For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.” Esquire