“If you are looking for a perfect person that ain’t me. I’m not interested in being a conscious rapper, I’m already an honest musician. I could care less what you claim as your religion, ideology or political affiliation. All that matters to me is how you treat your fellow human being. So whether you are a nun or a prostitute, politician or a hustler, champion of industry or refugee I will greet you w/ peace.” — Hasan Salaam
Have compassion for everyone you meet, even when they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.
Passion can be soft or loud, enthusiastic or quietly determined. Passion is not an obsessive focus on some ideas or outcome to the exclusion of other alternatives. It is a pure, abiding commitment to something meaningful: a cause, a principle, or set of beliefs.
A truly passionate leader invites and encourages dialogue. A passion leader enlists people. (S)he is able to speak about their passion in a way that’s inviting and compelling, prompting people to feel challenged and included at the same time. (more via free D/L at ChangeThis by Erika Andersen)
As Liz Strauss said in a recent video I watched on leadership, ’…dreamers have wishes, leaders have plans … we need leaders, not dreamers.’ It seems simplified and depending on the scenario, you might think to yourself being a dreamer is a pretty great thing. There’s nothing wrong with trying to remain … ‘child-like’, but in the decisions that impact our lives & others, we need to have a much better grasp on reality and the weight of those decisions. You need a plan, whether God laughs at it or not. Adjust accordingly.
|—||J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye|
“Eternia spits fire and speaks truth. Her work is always about pushing the art and the community to the next level. When people ask me who is repping the best of the global hip-hop movement, all I have to do is point to her.” - Jeff Chang (Photo by Ty Watkins) - Email me with all Eternia inquiries.
When we write, we access different aspects of ourselves, different characters, different parts of our brains and hearts. And then, when they’ve each had their say, we mentally switch hats, step back from accessing our myriad selves, and take a more distanced and critical view of what we’ve done. Don’t we always work by editing and structuring the outpouring of our many selves? Isn’t the end product the result of two or more sides of ourselves working with one another? - David Byrne (How Music Works)