A Quote from Maya Angelou

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“You can never be great at anything unless you love it.”

Maya Angelou was one the greatest poets of modern times. She also wrote a number of autobiographies about her life including, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this quote, she speaks of the one key element needed for becoming great at what we do.

We need to love what we do, in order to truly be successful. That doesn’t mean we make a lot of money. It simply means that greatness within a given field, or within a certain genre, takes an intense love and dedication.

Implicit within the love and dedication, is hard work. I think this is also what Angelou means. We need to practice what we love in order to hone our skills. The more we do, the better the art/music/writing will become.

In the blogging world, the hard work also includes building a sense of community. How do we do that? By visiting other blogs, enjoying the other person’s work, and by letting them know it. I see this as investing, and it is not always easy to find the time. But the more we invest, the more others will be willing to invest in us, and in our work.

Have a great day creating!

I wish you peace.


Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

12 thoughts on “A Quote from Maya Angelou

  1. Very well said, Nico!
    Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writers and this quotes just says it all! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. I agree completely, Nicodemas. We all here love what we do and every blogger brings something special into this blog sphere. Sometimes I don’t hit “like” because I identify with the said things but often because I simply honore the work, the effort, and the joy with which they are creating their words and posts. That’s why I also love to interact. I want to show my appreciation. Thank you that you bring this up, Nicomedas.

  3. A great post and a great reminder. It can be a challenge sometimes to ‘remember to love’ what we do, but I suppose if it’s REAL love, the sacrifice, dedication , and hard work will simply be extensions of that love… without a sense of much effort at all.

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