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John Gearhart

Stem Cell Research

I think for most scientists the fun is in the journey. You know, what I mean? Of being in the laboratory, of knowing that you can do whatever experiment you want to do, but it has to come from you, and you have to think about what the problem -- what the questions are, how you plan that experiment, how you execute it, what controls you use. You know, interpretation. This to me is the excitement.
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

I tried chemical engineering, which I wasn't very good at and didn't like, and then I remembered. You know, somehow I just started racking my brain about, "What do I like?" Where was I? What made me excited? And I remembered art, that I loved going to museums and I loved looking at paintings, loved listening to music. Those things came from my mother, who took me to concerts and museums. I remembered Grandma and the blocks, and just on a hunch, I tried some architecture classes.
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

I used to say, "I don't want to do houses for rich people." I always said that through school. "I'm just not going to do that." But I started to find some excitement in the forms, the spaces, being able to conceive of something and then see it built. The process of building, the working with the craftsmen -- or lack of craftsmen is more likely -- but trying to. It is an energy, and it is a mind game too, trying to get these people motivated. I guess it's like directing a movie. It's similar, except there's legal implications times jillions. But it's really exciting when you get to the level I am at now, where I have a lot of freedom.
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

Frank Gehry: A nine-year-old kid came to my office the other day. He was doing a paper for his class on architecture. And he said, "How do you know when you want to be something, like an architect? How will I know?" And I said, "What's your favorite thing?" This just popped out of me. "What is your favorite thing that you do?" And he said, "I love the sleepovers at my house when I can stay up late with my friends." And I said, "Okay. When you love architecture more than that, then you'll know it's the right thing."
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Vince Gill

Country Music Hall of Fame

I have the best time playing music. And my folks saw that. And so they never said, "When are you going to go get a real job?" because I had really put a lot of effort into it long before it was time to move on and go to college and think about something else. I think that's another reason maybe a lot of young musicians fall by the wayside. They're not willing to do what I did, which is go out there and play on street corners once in a while to make enough money to pay your rent and be willing to starve. You know, they only want that safety net. They want that cushion. And I never needed it. I don't feel any different today at 52 than I did at 18. And what's in the bank account has never changed one ounce of what I loved doing. I'd still be doing it at 52, if I was still playing those same beer joints.
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Vince Gill

Country Music Hall of Fame

It was a learning experience. I got to spend a lot of years really putting my feet in a lot of different places. I sang on so many records in that stretch of time in Nashville in the 80's. I don't know how many artists' records I've worked on over the years. I know it's -- well, over 400 or 500. Something like that. And not that that's bragging, but it's how I made a living. You know, people thought enough of what I did as a supporting cast member to be a part of those records. And in all honesty, that's what I had really aspired to be, more than an artist even. And I said, "I don't want to be one of those guys that their name is down there playing on the records." Even saying it today, I would have been fine had that been my career, you know, because I didn't have to be at the center of it to have it matter. I just had to be a part of it, and it mattered. That's what I loved, was the democracy of making music in that it takes all of those elements that most people aren't even aware of. And that's fine. Some people just listen to music and they focus on the guy up there singing. But I'm listening to the bass player, and listening to the drummer, and listening to what the guitar player plays. I love every note of it. And so that's to me what's beautiful about collaborating with people is that all the notes are equal, and it takes all those notes to make something great.
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