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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

This, of course, was one of the elements of the Eisenstein film that was so exciting. How the editing was able to take -- that's always fascinating -- take this, and this, and put it together, and have something come out that was neither of those two things. Of course, the sense of rhythm that editing can do! I was struck, I remember, on Ten Days That Shook The World, how although it was a silent film, there were sequences where you actually almost could hear the machine guns firing, because of the way it was edited. So it's a form of alchemy, of magic, that is very appealing. I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. Because the very earliest people who made film were magicians. One of the aspects of it was the idea of an illusion, a magical illusion, in the early days of movies.
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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

The grips will tell you that you don't know what you're doing, or the camera operator, or the camera man. Everybody. I mean, when you go on a set -- that's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again. No one knows this, but when he made Star Wars over there in England -- George is sort of a little, skinny version of me, you know, and he's doesn't have the most physical kind of stamina. And he was so ridiculed -- you know that kind of jock-like attitude that crews can have -- putting him down for what he was doing and stuff. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again. Plus, he was like diabetic, so he was a little sick. That's why someone today said, you ought to love what you're doing because -- especially in a movie -- you really have to love the project and love the story, because over time you really will start to hate it. And the fact that you say, "Gee, but I really like what this is about," is a very valuable asset.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

Sheryl Crow: I was one of those kids that was able to do the minimum for the maximum. Grades came easily to me. Studying came easily to me, and I enjoyed school, but my forte really was the arts. Loved music, always found my identity in music. I realized about at age four, I could play by ear. So while I was studying music, I was also getting away with playing stuff off the radio, and I kind of knew what direction I was going in.
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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

I always loved being independent and at the time clients of Shearson -- it was then Shearson at the time -- had great relationships, they loved it. They loved working with me, and so they were going to pay me, and so then I could then start my business. I didn't view is as starting a business. I just viewed it as, "I get to do what I like to do, which is to play the markets and they'll pay me to do that." And then I did that, and then of course what happens over time is you need things. So I need people to work with, and besides, I love playing the game with people. So I brought in other people, but people would do things, and so I get computers and I get other things over a period of time and it grows, and it became a company. But I never viewed it as a company. I really viewed it more like, "I'm doing this thing, and these are the things that I needed, those people in that group." And then I just kept doing it, and the things I needed became the company.
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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

Ray Dalio: I love global macro because it's everywhere in the world, and it's trying to understand how all the parts of the world operate. I love it because it's very, very practical. I like the fact that people are making subjective evaluations of how good I'm doing, but I can measure myself down to two decimal points. What's my performance? It's subjectively evaluated. I like the fact that I can go long or short, so that there's no such thing as good times or bad times. Most people have an industry or a profession, and they have cycles to them. In my case, I don't have any cycles. I have no excuses, just it's all on me. I can make bad mistakes and that's that reality. I like that. So it's those elements.
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