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“No matter where you're from or what you've done, you're never stuck in a particular circumstance, relationship, or cycle unless you say you are.”
Russell Simmons, Super Rich : A Guide to having it all
“The key ingredient to any kind of happiness or success is to never give less than your best”
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“There are no failures, only quitters”
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“Only do shit you believe in!”
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“When you do good by the world, the world will do good by you”
Russell Simmons
“Giving, not trading or selling, is the basis of success. The most rewarding thing you can do is just to give the world something good. And ultimately you will be paid so much more for that gift than it you had tried to trade it for something else.”
Russell Simmons, Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
“Never change for the mainstream—stay in your lane, and if you’re talented and resilient enough the mainstream will come to you.”
Russell Simmons, Do You
“The great ones, however, never get lost in those distractions. Biggie in particular was legendary for his ability to stay focused. There could be all sorts of things going on—drinks being passed, blunts being rolled, people trying to holler at him about various projects—but he’d just sit in a chair with his eyes closed, seemingly oblivious to all the chaos around him. That was his way of connecting to the stillness inside of him, so that when it was time to get behind the microphone, he wasn’t caught up in worrying about how his last record did or how this one might be received once it was released. No, when it was time to make a song, he was always able to connect with both the music he was hearing in his headphones and the poetry that was filling up his heart. The same way today artists like Jay Z or Lil Wayne are able to create entire songs without ever putting a word down on paper. Through being able to connect completely with the music, they are able to operate from that “zone” that the great ones are able to access. That might not sound like a big deal, but I’ve seen so many artists get sidetracked by those distractions. And when it’s time for them to get in the recording booth and execute their craft, their mind is somewhere else. Sure, they’re rapping along to the beat, but they’re not connected to it.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“I don’t believe that people create their own visions. Rather, I believe that visions are actually God’s way of communicating with us.”
Russell Simmons, Do You
“Your vision makes your world. If you see the world as a happy, loving place, then that’s where you’re going to live. But if you see the world as a messed up, negative, and dangerous place, then that will be your reality.”
Russell Simmons, Do You
“You can decide that no matter what is happening around you, the sun will always be shining in your world. Or you can decide that your world is always going to be a cold, dark place.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“What I’ve always tried to explain to those artists is that the reason they’re feeling out of whack is because they got too caught up in the celebrating. If you’re an artist, what truly makes you happy isn’t buying new cars or popping bottles. It’s making beautiful music for other people to enjoy. That’s it. You’re going to be your happiest when you’re in the studio writing a song, not when you’re out celebrating how many records that song eventually sold.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“In meditation we experience the silence from which all creativity springs. The act of creation—whether from a blank page to a poem, an empty space to a building, a thought to a song or film—starts with a void. The more intimate a relationship we can build with that silent void, the more clearly the art can shine through and spring forth. Meditation is the vehicle to connect to that silence.” —Rick Rubin, Malibu 2013”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“when you embrace the process of your work, instead of focusing on the results, you’ll always be happier, plus do a much better job.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“I’ll give you an example. In my many years in the entertainment industry, I’ve been around some amazing artists, in particular some of the greatest rappers of all time. Now, rapping might not be an art form that people associate with calmness and stillness, but I can tell you that from LL Cool J to Chuck D to Biggie Smalls to Jay Z, one trait that all those great artists share is an ability to operate out of stillness. There are a lot of rappers who worked as hard as those guys, but very few were able to dip into that well of creativity like they were.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
“When it was time to get on the mic and spit a verse, those guys were able to shut out all the distractions and delve inside. If you’ve never been inside a recording studio, trust me, there can be a ton of distractions. As a rule, rappers (and rock stars) like to be around a lot of people when they work, so it’s not uncommon to have producers, engineers, managers, friends, groupies, journalists, maybe even a few drug dealers all packed into the studio. It’s a scene where it’s easy for a rapper to become focused on everything but the music.”
Russell Simmons, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple


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