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10 David Bowie Quotes You Should Remember

10 David Bowie Quotes You Should Remember

One of the finest musicians of all times, known as the master of reinvention, British singer David Bowie died at the age of 69 on January 10, 2016 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Known to be an extraordinary person with several hits like “Let’s Dance”, “Starman”, “Heroes”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars”, among others, Bowie released his latest album Blackstar, on his birthday and bid adieu to the world two days after.

Born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947, David Bowie spent 48 years of his life in the entertainment industry where he worked as a songwriter, singer, producer, actor and style pioneer. Considered the Picasso of pop, Bowie was a restless artist and had a vision for innovation. After introducing his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, he gave pop music a new direction in 1972 and he truly was more than an eyeliner-wearing maverick. A fiercely forward-looking personality, Bowie made a huge impact with his powerful use drama, images and personas in his music while also teaching generations of musicians about how to achieve the same.

Bowie created his own style and was known for his significant feats of versatility. A jukebox of talent, understanding Bowie is often considered similar to looking through a kaleidoscope. Every time someone started to define his style, he’d come up with a song or an album right out of left field.

“Offstage I’m a robot. On stage, I achieve emotion. It’s probably why I prefer dressing up as Ziggy to being David,” said Bowie when he introduced his Ziggy Stardust persona.

Beyond all of his contributions to the musical industry, David Bowie was a man of good heart; simple, yet extraordinary and cool. A progressive composer, Bowie had an all-round personality and he even carved out a successful acting career with roles in movies like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ, Cat People and The Hunger.

As the world of entertainment mourns the loss of a star, read through these 10 David Bowie quotes you should remember to pay tribute to the icon.

1. I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.

I'm going from here

    2. Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.

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    Make the best

      3. Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.

      Tomorrow

        4. You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race.

        race

          5. The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.

          Journey

            6. I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.

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            Freedom

              7. I really like to understand the society that I’m living in and how it works and functions and what people are thinking. You know. You can’t be a writer in any other way, I think. You have to sort of know where you are to write.

              society

                8. I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.

                Individual

                  9. I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.

                  Star

                    10. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.

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                    Awareness

                      David Bowie always had a morphing persona and he was much decorated and adored by several popular musicians including Madonna and Lady Gaga. He was a legend, a star, a friend and a good human being. An artist who portrayed angst and apocalypse, paranoia and media culture all at the same time; he made distance and yearning his lifelong themes while he also had a strong desire to push cult interests into the limelight. An explorer of human impulses, this complexly androgynous personality was a standard-bearer for rock music and his name will always be plated in golden letters for the same reason.

                      Featured photo credit: Jimmy King for David Bowie via instagram.com

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                      Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                      Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                      Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

                      This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

                      The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard.

                      The Keys to Learning Anything Easily

                      Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

                      Curiosity

                      Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

                      People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

                      Patience

                      Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

                      When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

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                      Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

                      A Feeling for Connectedness

                      This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

                      A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

                      The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

                      How to Self-Taught Effectively

                      With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

                      1. Research

                      Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

                      Learning the Basics

                      Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

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                      Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

                      What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

                      Hitting the Books

                      Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

                      Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

                      Long-Term Reference

                      While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

                      My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

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                      2. Practice

                      Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

                      A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

                      Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

                      Check out this guide for useful techniques to help you practice efficiently: The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice

                      3. Network

                      One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

                      These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

                      Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

                      Here find out How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

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                      4. Schedule

                      For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

                      Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

                      Final Thoughts

                      In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

                      If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

                      At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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