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Esperanza Spalding

Singer, Songwriter and Jazz Bassist

For all of the hype that Grammy created, it's all died down now. And I just am reminding myself you don't need all that to make incredible glorious art that touches a lot of people and can go really far. That should always, I think, be the predominant goal in your head because the music industry is always playing catch-up with what's really happening. So if you're out in the world trying to chase a version of what works, you're already too late. All you can do is cultivate and bring out what you're hearing based on your life and your dreams and your fears and your wishes. Bring it out the best you possibly can. Find people to help you bring it out better than you can do it by yourself, and then find the "demographic," quote-unquote, or I just like to say, "the people in the world who will dig it," because even if it's one in a million, that's still a lot of people who will like your music. And I guarantee you'll be less likely to become an addict, alcoholic, womanizer, or sufferer of life. Which, there's no good reason -- if you won the womb lottery and you're born in the "developed world" -- you have to suffer through life. I think a lot of artists, they were born with this thing, this vision, this calling to do something that only they could see, and they compromise that for opportunity and exposure. I think they suffer greater than somebody who doesn't get the notoriety but spends their whole life pursuing and developing their passion.
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Thomas Starzl

Father of Modern Transplantation

Thomas Starzl: Our kidney results were our battering ram. No doubt, no doubt about it. Just doing those livers, if that were an isolated effort it would have been professionally ruinous. And it actually was, going beyond the kidney was not exactly the route to professional success. People were trying to recruit me to go elsewhere and take chairs and so forth. But they always -- or almost always -- said, 'We want you to come here and do kidneys, but you've got to promise that you won't do livers." So any time somebody said that, the game was over as far as considering a job.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

I live in the same house I've lived in for 25 years. I haven't gone off and bought mansions. Even though my subject is living, living in a mansion wouldn't do for my readers. I have to keep my credibility alive with my readers, so we're in the same place. I just make that place nicer and nicer. And that's a secret. People don't know that. People think, oh, she lives in this fabulous place, but it's the same old place. It started out like a farm, it got to be a farmette, then it got to be an estatelet. I built a wall; it helped a lot. But it's the same place, the same grounded nature.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

As I evolve, I hope my readers evolve, I hope my viewers evolve. And also, I think it's very important that whatever you're trying to make or sell, or teach has to be basically good. A bad product and you know what? You won't be here in ten years. You might be rich, you might be famous, but you're not going to be here in 10 years.
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