15 Quotes That ROCK

We are used to reading motivational quotes from authors and business leaders, but we sometimes forget about the wisdom that comes from the music industry. The bands, artists and musicians of the world go through the same experiences that any other successful person has to, and the smart ones learn just as much.

Here are a few quotes that taught me a lot about life, leadership and success. Let me know which is your favorite in the comment box below or on Facebook.

If you stick to your integrity and your goals, eventually somebody will appreciate what you are doing on a wider scale. ~ Bonnie Raitt

You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do. ~ Jerry Garcia

Rock ‘n’ roll is an attitude; it’s not a musical form of a strict sort. It’s a way of doing things, of approaching things. Writing can be rock ‘n’ roll, or a movie can be rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a way of living your life. ~ Lester Bangs

I did this the way you are supposed to. I played every club in New York City and I bombed in every club and then killed it in every club and I found myself as an artist. I learned how to survive as an artist, get real, and how to fail, and then figure out who I was as singer and performer. And, I worked hard. ~Lady Gaga

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. ~Johnny Cash

We all fail somewhere along the line. The race you lost, the test you didn’t pass and, in my case, the record execs who claimed “you’ll never make it in the music business.” Whatever. The point is, you get up, brush yourself off and get on with life. … it is what you learn from your failure that makes all the difference. ~Jon Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi

Don’t be afraid of failure – embrace that too. Dare to fail. If you never fail, you’ve never taken risks, and that’s no way to take on this life. ~Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi

When you follow your heart, you’re never supposed to do things because of what you think people might say. You do it for the opposite reasons. ~ will.i.am

You’ve always got to remember, rock and roll’s never been about giving up. For me, for a lot of kids, it was a totally positive force… not optimistic all the time, but positive. It was never—never—about surrender. ~Bruce Springsteen

Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day. ~Ringo Starr

Dream On, Dream On, Dream On Dream until your dreams come true. ~Aerosmith


Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~John Lennon


Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment, I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person, more well-rounded, having friends, having a relationship with somebody. ~Trent Reznor

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both. ~Bono

In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first. ~Jimi Hendrix

All of these quotes are featured in my book Opportunity Rocks along with the lessons they taught me about life and how to be successful.

8 Ways That Having Fun Helps You Get More Done

Ok, it was creepy when the line “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” popped up in The Shining, but it was true. Everyone needs to have a little fun. Without fun you are more likely to dread your job and burn out. I found a great article on Forbes called Eight Ways Goofing Off Can Make You More Productive and I couldn’t agree more. I think we could all use a little more fun in our lives, in and out of work. Here are a few great ways to have some fun while recharging your energy and your focus.

1. Take a walk around the block. Fresh air combined with a change of scene can boost productivity.

2. Take a nap. Some offices offer this as a perk. Closing your eyes for a 15-minute catnap can be hugely refreshing.

3. Chat with a colleague. Even if you only make small talk, a fresh perspective on your day can help you get a new perspective on the task at hand.

4. Run an errand. Like walking around the block, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.

5. Brush your teeth. The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.

6. Spend ten minutes checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. This is not as good for you as leaving your desk, but the mental distraction can offer a helpful break. Monitor your time however and don’t let yourself be distracted for more than five minutes.

7. Go to the gym. If your company has an exercise facility, take advantage.

8. Go out to lunch. Judging from the habits of my colleagues, lunch out of the office is a dying American habit. But a healthy meal and good conversation can be nourishing on multiple levels.

What Extraordinary Bosses Believe

Every extraordinary organization is run by extraordinary people who believe extraordinary things. It may sound simplistic but it’s true. The core beliefs of a company need to be communicated clearly from the leaders within. This video from Inc. Magazine covers eight different beliefs that many great business leaders share.

What traits do you think great leaders share?


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