Academy of Achievement Logo
Home
Achiever Gallery
Keys to Success
   + [ Passion ]
 Vision
 Preparation
 Courage
 Perseverance
 Integrity
 The American Dream
Achievement Podcasts
About the Academy
For Teachers

Search the site

Academy Careers

 
 
Key to success: Vision Key to success: Passion Key to success: Perseverance Key to success: Preparation Key to success: Courage Key to success: Integrity Key to success: The American Dream Keys to success homepage More quotes on Passion More quotes on Vision More quotes on Courage More quotes on Integrity More quotes on Preparation More quotes on Perseverance More quotes on The American Dream


Charles Kuralt

A Life On the Road

I couldn't wait for school to be out so that I could go uptown, about a mile away and go to work. I loved working. And, I suppose I was, in that way, a little bit of what would be called today a nerd. I didn't have girlfriends and really I wasn't a very social boy. But, I just loved writing and working at the radio station. I missed a good deal, I think. I certainly didn't pay as much attention in class as I should have. My family would take family vacations, but I'd always stay home, because I didn't want to miss out on the work. So, I know that I paid a little bit of a price as a look back on it for this passion for working which I had when I was a kid.
View Interview with Charles Kuralt
View Biography of Charles Kuralt
View Profile of Charles Kuralt
View Photo Gallery of Charles Kuralt



Charles Kuralt

A Life On the Road

I keep coming back to the passion for what I was doing. That was the overwhelming thing to me. Not where I worked or where I lived or how high I rose in the profession, but just the joy of carrying my portable typewriter to an event and trying to describe it. That was something I became pretty good at and naturally, when you're good at something, you love doing it. I think that must be true of physicists and of medical doctors and of musicians, all fields in which I am abysmally ignorant. But, I imagine that it's that enthusiasm, that passion for what you're doing that is most important in one's career.
View Interview with Charles Kuralt
View Biography of Charles Kuralt
View Profile of Charles Kuralt
View Photo Gallery of Charles Kuralt



Ray Kurzweil

Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence

That was my first exposure in sort of being able to communicate with a large audience. It gave me some of the excitement of inventing, being able to move people with projects. That didn't directly help people in their lives, but that's the excitement of inventing as opposed to discovering science. Technology builds on science, but it really applies it to a way that moves people, and it is a form of magic. You take just a mundane set of materials, or a mundane set of computer instructions, but in just the right combination it does something that delights people, or maybe even helps them or changes their lives. And that's the exciting aspect of inventing for me.
View Interview with Ray Kurzweil
View Biography of Ray Kurzweil
View Profile of Ray Kurzweil
View Photo Gallery of Ray Kurzweil



Robert Langer

Biotechnologist and Entrepreneur

Robert Langer: I was 11 years old. I had this Gilbert chemistry set. I have always liked magic. This maybe sounds silly, but I always liked magic, and chemistry is always very magical. I mean, the kinds of things, like I remember, when I was a little boy, you have these solutions and you could take one solution and mix it with another, and all of a sudden it would change to a third color. You could mix one thing with another and it would turn into rubber, and those are reactions. I thought, "Boy, this is really neat!" I guess I was just always fascinated with that. So I think maybe just the visualization -- even when I didn't understand things that well -- I thought it was fun and exciting. And then I guess when I actually took chemistry, there was something -- I don't want to say magical -- about it, but something that I enjoyed solving the problems, the chemistry problems, and I enjoyed reading about some of the things. Not all of the things. I was excited about what it could do.
View Interview with Robert Langer
View Biography of Robert Langer
View Profile of Robert Langer
View Photo Gallery of Robert Langer



Robert Langer

Biotechnologist and Entrepreneur

I think chemistry is just so fundamental, that reactions can happen and you can make things that you could never make before. When you look at the world around us, chemistry just is so fundamental to everything. I mean, it makes the clothes you wear, it makes all of the materials that exist -- synthetic materials in the world -- cars, the airplanes, everything is done by chemistry. At the same time, chemistry provides a tool to understand so many things: how cells work, how drugs work. So to me it's just such an incredibly fundamental science.
View Interview with Robert Langer
View Biography of Robert Langer
View Profile of Robert Langer
View Photo Gallery of Robert Langer



Browse Passion quotes by achiever last name

Previous Page

          

Next Page