Dave Block Photography | Things that inspire me

This page is to share some things that fuel me, inspire me, make me laugh, make me happy, and challenge me to be better. You might find them interesting, or silly. Either is okay. None of these by the way are directly about photography. Some old, some new - initially I thought this might be a list of quotes but it quickly turned into more. I'll start with a long-ish quote that is a north star for creatives:

"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, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

And a video... Tim Minchin's University of Western Australia graduation speech:
Abridged version, 6 minutes) https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/videos/10155882323456636/
Full version (18 minutes long but totally worth it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoEezZD71sc

 

And finally (nerd alert)
"Do, or do not. There is no try."
- Yoda