We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Adam Scher | Co-Founder & Creative Director

My agency CMYK was built under the motto, “Bold Moves, Bad Decisions.” Even after almost 15 years, this is still our mantra. Bad Decisions are just Good Decisions waiting to be made. It is about seeing opportunities that are challenging and against the grain and attacking them headfirst. Fear of failure holds us back. But if we never take risks, how will we grow and evolve? As a society, we look at “bad decisions” as a flaw in judgment or character, when in fact, they provide us with opportunities to learn. If we are constantly making “right choices,” we are not pushing ourselves to confront uncomfortable situations and unfamiliar territory. Read more>>

Mia Pollini | Actress & Comedian

Not to be that guy, but I have a couple. And they’re lengthy. Thank you for being patient. Or if you’re a question prompt purist, scroll along. I get it. If not… First, when looking for pins to pin to my “Goals! Plans! Vision Board!” Pinterest board – stay with me –, I saw this Tweet – stay with me part deux – which read: “Did you really have a bad day or did you have 10-20 minutes where you let your thoughts run undisciplined which led you to a bad vibe that you let carry you away? C’mon bro… you run this shit. Pay attention.” You’re so right @HazellsMySpirit. I do run this shit. Read more>>

Danny Olson | Composer, Producer, Electronic Artist

“The puck’s in the corner. Who’s going to get it? You or the other guy?” My Dad said this constantly throughout my life, along with many, many other hockey-related idioms. He was an extremely accomplished hockey player, and had it not been for injury, would’ve gone pro. His entire life, and this mantra, came from self-discipline. If you want it, go and get it. No one will give it to you; no one can make you do something great. You have to want it for yourself. Read more>>

Tasha Fierce | writer, artist, mystic, & theorist

I have many, but the one that’s sticking out to me right now is “i found god in myself / & i loved her/ i loved her fiercely.” It’s from “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange, and I first read it when I performed the final lady in red monologue in high school. It cuts to the bone for me, because at the time I was deeply depressed and dealing with the aftermath of sexual trauma, and I was looking for god everywhere but in me. Read more>>

Azelle Santa Ana | Salon Owner: In the confidence business

Maya in Hindu means you create your reality. In tagalog Mayaman means rich, abundant. The Maya was inspired by this affirmation of Abundance, there is more than enough to go around, there is constant growth where you choose to be. For me it means working with others with this mindset will only lead to a positive environment, growth personally and professionally. The abundance mindset. If I am going to have a business, I want everyone with me to all do well Read more>>

Steve “Stevie G” Gallegos | International Speaker, Trainer, and Author on Personal Development Expert and Communications

One of my favorite sayings is “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions.” The meaning behind (what I believe is my original quote), derives from my years of study on the human mind and personal development. The majority of people react to the events that occur in their lives with questions such as “why me?” “How could this happen?” “What have I done to deserve this?” and variations of these. While these questions may seem perfectly normal, they actually disempower us by forcing us into the role of the victim. By making us feel as if we had no control over or involvement in the circumstances that led us to ask the questions. Read more>>