To succeed one must be creative and persistent.
Failure is a word that I simply don't accept.
My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.
Dream small dreams. If you make them too big you get overwhelmed and you don't do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.
It's better to get smart than to get mad. I try not to get so insulted that I will not take advantage of an opportunity to persuade people to change their minds.