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Ang Lee: A Never-Ending Dream

What Shih Said

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Following Ang Lee’s second Best Directing win at the Academy Awards last night, this beautiful essay resurfaced. Here is my translation of Ang Lee’s words, written in 2006 (post-Oscar win). Please credit the translation to Irene Shih (and to this blog), thank you!

In 1978, as I applied to study film at the University of Illinois, my father vehemently objected. He quoted me a statistic: ‘Every year, 50,000 performers compete for 200 available roles on Broadway.’ Against his advice, I boarded a flight to the U.S. This strained our relationship. In the two decades following, we exchanged less than a hundred phrases in conversation.

Some years later, when I graduated film school, I came to comprehend my father’s concern. It was nearly unheard of for a Chinese newcomer to make it in the American film industry. Beginning in 1983, I struggled through six years of agonizing, hopeless uncertainty…

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INSPIRE ONE. – WHO AM I?

 

Who am I?

Inspire One.

Who am I? Unless you visited the “About It.” page on the blog, you probably don’t know what this whole thing is really about. I am passionately driven to inspire masses. From humor to art, philosophy to stories, I intend on creating an atmosphere that consists of the idea that inspiration is all around us and comes from all corners of the Earth. But first thing is first…What exactly isInspiration?????

Inspirationin·spi·ra·tion

1. something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone

2. person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

3. a good idea

And that is exactly it: “makes someone want to DO something.” We live in one of the most interesting eras of history where  ONE person can make a difference, be it minuscule or extraordinary. YOU can make a difference. And that is the mantra for this brand.

Inspire One.’s Goal

The goal is to “Inspire One. Inspire All.,” through a myriad of sources. Yeah it is kind of cliché, or cheesy….but still, it is for a good cause! I want to motivate the athlete to not let his disabilities get in his way. I want to inspire the socially-awkward girl to face her fears and run for class president. I want the 50-year old to start that business he always wanted to. I want to make a difference.

One person at a time…or post, I will make a difference. This is the “Inspire One.” Experience.

This blog was created somewhat 3-weeks ago. The following was exponential. Today there is 80 followers and I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you. You guys are what will make this brand strong, recognizable, and known to the masses. YOU are the focal point of this brand. You will be the ones who will make Inspire One.’s message and mission loud and clear.

Plans for the Future

The plan is to reach hundreds of thousands of people and spread the “Inspire One. Inspire All.” message across the nation and the globe. In the near future, “Inspire One.” will release products to do just that. Striving to be a better “Life is Good” brand, the slogan just as well may be: “Life is good…but sometimes we all need a little inspiration ;) “

The plan always consists of selling T-shirts with the “Inspire One.” logo on the front, and aquote of inspiration on the back. There will definitely be updates on this idea in the near future with pictures of the product, but this is the first “reveal.”

The main message of this post though, is to thank all of you for your support. You may not have known the determination of this brand when you first pressed that follow button, but I assure you that you are the building blocks to the success of Inspire One.. This is a brand that is created by you, for you. Keep up the support, tell your friends, spread the message and inspiration!

Thank you all.

-Inspire One.

 

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Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen

Describes the secrets to be happy and appreciate what you got!…and buy sunscreen.

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“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William A. Ward

“The pessimist …

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What are important qualities of that significant other?

  • Someone you can trust.
  • Someone you can consider to be your best friend.
  • Someone who is happy overall.
  • Someone who is easy to please.
  • Someone who will believe in and support you.
  • Someone you can count on to stay by your side, even if life temporarily turns sour.
  • Someone who makes you happy and you enjoy spending your time with.
 
….Funny thing is, is that the first step towards happiness is to apply this to yourself. Trust yourself, consider yourself your best friend, be happy, be easy to please, believe in yourself and dreams, count on yourself, and hell…you better love spending time with yourself!

It might seem strange reading that philosophy, but it is true. Sooooo many people try to impress others and live for other people, when the reality of it is, is that people will naturally like you, appreciate you, and stand by you, when you do the same for yourself first. 

 

Love yourself. Everything else will fall into place like it was meant to. 

 

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