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.

Bahar Atilgan | Owner of FOURGUNSDOWN

Confidence is not “they will like me”. Confidence is “I’ll be fine if they don’t”. This quote is exactly what FOURGUNSDOWN stands for. It means to not give a fuck about what others think. It means to be true to yourself and do what ever it is that makes YOU happy and to not worry about anything else that will get in the way of it. Read more>>

Brian Jackson | Actor/Filmmaker

In X2, Magneto looks over at a troubled young mutant named Pyro, who like a lot of us sometimes belittles his own gifts about only being able to control and manipulate fire, not create it. Magneto cooly smiles and quotes to him “You are a God amongst insects. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different.” That quote always stuck with me, because as an artist you will always encounter people that want to stamp on your dream or put obstacles in your path. So you have two choices, you can either let those negative voices drown out the positive vibes you get from chasing a dream, or go full speed ahead and knock thru anyone in your way. Read more>>

Lainey Mebust | Creative Designer & Copywriter

This saying speaks volumes to me because I believe in a world where we can easily consume highlights of what others are doing around us, we naturally begin to compare ourselves. We begin to measure up our journey to that of our neighbor’s and often times believe we fall short, we’re starting too late, or we’ll never be good enough. That is simply not the case, you are you and your neighbor is your neighbor, and that is what makes life beautiful. Everyone starts from someplace and instead of competition, it can be an amazing source of energy and inspiration. Life is not a race to to to the finish, it’s about the gratifying work we put in every day to reach our goals, whatever they may be, and it’s never too late. Read more>>

Rodger Visitacion | Founder, One Bed

Just thinking of this quote has gotten me through tough times. It reminds you that as the one being daring enough to try, you count. It reminds me why I chose this path. It also reminds me that failures are not really failures if you don’t let them be; they direct you to the correct path. And there is honor in choosing this path to make a better world for yourself, your employees, your customers, and everyone your business benefits. I have learned not to take unnecessary risks, and learning what are wise and what are foolish efforts sometimes is hard-earned. However, this quote reminds me that there is true value in striving valiantly, regardless of the outcome. If you do not know defeat, then you can not know victory. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again. Read more>>