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Jimmy Carter

Nobel Prize for Peace

Jimmy Carter: People ask me, "How did you stand the long campaigning? How did you stand being charged with the responsibilities of a great nation, one of the most powerful and difficult jobs in the world?" It wasn't any more difficult than picking cotton all day or shaking peanuts. There is an equality there. If you have a task to perform and are vitally interested in it, excited and challenged by it, then you will exert maximum energy. But in the excitement, the pain of fatigue dissipates, and the exuberance of what you hope to achieve overcomes the reluctance.
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Steve Case

Co-Founder, America Online

From a relatively early age I got interested in business. I'm not sure I knew what an entrepreneur was when I was ten, but I knew that starting little businesses and trying to sell greeting cards or newspapers door-to-door or just vending machine kind of thing is -- there's just something very intriguing to me about that. So I think relatively early on I probably was on a path to be more of an entrepreneur, and I think everybody in my family kind of sensed that.
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Steve Case

Co-Founder, America Online

The resources you happen to accumulate, what do you do with them? You can spend the money and buy some houses or whatever, and people do some of that and that's fine. You can give the money to other people, either your family -- but usually when you do that you screw them up and it ends up not being a particularly -- it's well intended but often counterproductive. Or, you take those resources and reinvest them in things that you believe in, and that could be reinvesting in a philanthropic cause. That could be reinvesting in business causes or trying to look at it through more of a hybrid approach, which is my inclination, but I do feel a sense of responsibility. People often ask me whether I would want to move into the more formal kind of government role or public service, and I guess never say never, but my preference would be to try to figure out a way through this prism, this platform, building on my interests and strengths. Maybe there's a way I can leave the world a better place than I found it, but in a different way, and that's what I'm going to be continuing to work on in the years to come.
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Johnny Cash

Country Music Legend

Johnny Cash: I think the first time I knew what I wanted to do with my life was when I was about four years old. I was listening to an old Victrola, playing a railroad song. The song was called, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride." And I thought that was the most wonderful, amazing thing that I'd ever seen. That you could take this piece of wax and music would come out of that box. From that day on, I wanted to sing on the radio. That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.
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