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Scott Hamilton

Olympic Hall of Fame

When she (my mother) passed away, I kind of understood the commitment that she made to make sure that I could stay in skating and I wanted to live up to whatever I could. Not so much win everything, but just to be the best that I could possibly be, to honor her memory and everything she went through to make sure that I was given the opportunities to be the best that I can be. Not to be a world champion or an Olympic gold medalist, but to be the best that I could be. And that was the most important thing that ever happened in my career.
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Scott Hamilton

Olympic Hall of Fame

I've always tried to share any successes that I've had. And, I've even shared some of the really horrible times, which I think is important, if you want to be a kind of honorary member of somebody's family. And, I just try to share as much as possible. And, when I skate I try to bring people on the ice with me emotionally, not actually physically. But, I want people to know that I'm there for them. That they're not there for me, I'm there for them.
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John Hennessy

President of Stanford University

John Hennessy: One of the things I do is I look back to the founding of the university. I read the university founding grant. I look at what the Stanfords wrote about the university. I look at what the very first president, David Starr Jordan, wrote about the university. I think about these hard decisions in the context of two things. First of all, "How does this decision affect the core mission of the university, its mission to collect, discover and disseminate knowledge? How does it affect research and teaching?" The second thing I do, which is probably as hard or even harder, is to try to think in terms of a 50- or 100-year context, because as a university president, you have an obligation not only to the current generation of students, but the generations to follow. And so whether it's development, or how you spend the resources of the institution, or how we make important trade-offs about admissions, you have to think in the context of generation after generation after generation. The obligation that I have to future generations of students, future presidents, and the future university community, the faculty will have 100 years from now. That sometimes means that you have to make decisions which will make some people very unhappy and very angry, but which are the right decisions for the long term for the university. So you're a target for a lot of things, and what you have to do is have confidence, and of course, have a council of people who will reinforce that decision and agree that it is the right long-term decision for the institution, so that when you make it, you know you have the faith in yourself that it is the right decision.
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John Hennessy

President of Stanford University

People will come and sometimes ask for things, and sometimes the answer is no. Well, if the answer is no, it has to be no. The answer shouldn't be yes if later on you don't think you'll be able to deliver that. And I think that has been key, particularly in leadership roles. It means sometimes you have to disappoint people, but better to disappoint them than to be in a situation where you haven't carried through on something that they were counting on you doing.
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Lauryn Hill

Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Every time that God navigates my ship, there's nothing cerebral going on. There's very little thought. It's almost as if I have the directions. Every time I try to do it myself, I'm conjuring up my own concoction and trying. It's a little more difficult to do it that way, because it takes a lot of thought and it takes a lot of energy. But it's like, when I'm led, it kind of really is just, it's all there and it's clear. "These are your orders. Just go forth and carry them out." So I was going to say that this album gets to be what I think, but I don't know. Who knows? Who knows what that will be? Because I think that what I've consciously decided to do was be patient and wait for those instructions again, as opposed to the instructions from the record company. Unfortunately, I can't fulfill their needs. I can't, because it's devoid of all feeling. You know what I mean? I have to make sure that what I create, I never want to condescend. There are a lot of people who condescend to the audience. They just think, "They'll like anything. Just throw a beat on it and put your voice on it." But if it doesn't move me, then I don't think it's worthy enough to put out there and move someone else. You know what I mean? It has to be something that is -- personally -- is something that I need personally. That's my barometer for whether or not it's good for the people. Not just anything. "Just make a beat. It's hot, throw it out there." I can't use that barometer. That doesn't work with me.
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Lauryn Hill

Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Lauryn Hill: The first Grammy I won was with the Fugees. Oh boy, I'm not good at these answers, because I don't know the response for that one. I guess I was honored. You know what I mean? But the honor to me has less to do with the award. You know what I'm saying? To me that translates in the relationship that I have with the audience, and if my music is helpful to them, that's the award. If I never won a Grammy, I would be satisfied, if in fact I could help people, because it's really, really not about that. I don't say that because it sounds like something cool to say, really. If those NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) knew how we're treating them! I'm only kidding!
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