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Ideologies from 27 years:

Talk to the staff.

“I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” —Tupac Shakur

"Pretending is the most important thing we do." —Brian Eno

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Speak what you do not know and you will learn everything.

Zoom out.

Do the scary thing first, and get scared after. 

It probably wasn’t a coincidence. 

Say awkward things.

Talk to strangers.

“You’ve gotta bloom where you’re planted." —a friend of a friend. 

Do it once to get those first mistakes out of the way.

Save your playlists.

"Smile anyway." —my friend, Michael Tubbs

“Be helpful!” —my friend, Shannon Harrington.

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” —Pablo Picasso

It only takes about 20 days of the same thing to build a new habit. 

You don’t have to be an artist to be creative.

"Talent is God-given and you don't want to waste it." —Aunt Beverly.

Make eye contact.

Post it somewhere and let people see it.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky / Michael Scott.

"Look up when you walk." —an old man.

"Love thyself." —my friend, Dalila.

People will help you if you ask (but you have to ask).

"Find the smartest person who disagrees with you and listen to them" —my friend, Michael Brandt.

"Throw a pickle in it.  Good art has tension."—my first art teacher, Kevin Bean #rip

Be firm, with a smile on your face. 

Make it neat.

"It’s ok, you can change if you want” —my friend, Tiq Chapa.

Your parents aren’t perfect, and that’s cool. 

Polish your shoes.

“You grow exponentially with every tough conversation you have.” —my friend, Wyatt Roy.

"Embrace solitude." —my sis, Madeline.

Call your mom.

"Move with confidence.” —my friend, Elliott Spelman.

Tell people what you’re up to.  Maybe they can help.

Make plans, and leave room for life to happen. 

"Trust in the process (that life is working, even if you can’t see it yet)” —my friends, Neveen & Cesar. 

"Do your best to have an open mind. Release old beliefs and habits when you are presented with better information" —my friend, Ahmad Ali Lewis.

"You can be a shark, but you can also be a nice shark." —Kristopher Francisco

Trust those who tell you what you don't want to hear.