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.

Yesenia Vizcaya | Co-Founder and Vice President

About 5 years ago, I found a book called “The Go Giver” which is a story of a young man who has this hungry desire to be successful. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked and read the book from front to back in 2 hours. The book focuses on the idea that once you change your focus from getting to giving, you are bound to receive an abundance of payouts. The book then highlights five laws of success, one of them being “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment”. Read more>>

Joshua Kice | Business Owner & Adventurer

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he COULD be and he will become what he SHOULD be!” – RW Emerson This quote holds a lot of weight and can break down into many interpretations depending on your perspective. My favorite application to this mindset is an internal assessment. I have the ability to influence myself more than any other person. Even when I think that someone else has influenced an action, a thought or an emotion, I like to use this quote to remind myself that it is still my decision to take an action, carry a thought, and dwell in emotion. If I am disappointed in my week for not getting enough done, I can treat myself poorly or encouragingly, creating a connected output the following week of poor performance or inspired drive. Read more>>

Tesh Silver | Multidimensional Illustrator & Designer

My favorite affirmation is “Feel the fear but do it anyway.” This quote allows us space for experiencing fear, lack, or doubt, but not setting limitations on what we can achieve. Tapping into that initial fear can be a good thing. Stepping out on faith and believing that your experience can carry you is hard, but the lessons that you learn in self-awareness and your ability to take on seemingly impossible tasks are worth it. Instead of “don’t be afraid”, feel the fear, but know you won’t be controlled by it. Read more>>

Vanessa Porras | Artist & Writer

I have two favorite quotes, one of them I tattooed on my wrist and the other one is written on my white board and greets me every time I walk into my studio. The first quote is attributed to 4th Century B.C. painter, Apelles, “Nulla dies sine linea,” which translates to, “never a day without a line.” I first came across this quote through the book, The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander. This memoir was a tribute to Alexander’s late husband who was an amateur painter and lived by this quote. Aside from the book itself being deeply impactful, I love the idea of ridding yourself from the pressure of having to create something amazing and worthy of applause. This quote encourages me to continue to show up and make my mark in the world even if it’s just a line, after all, were are all here for such a short amount of time. Read more>>