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Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received two Golden Globe awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards. He has earned popular and critical acclaim for his roles in an array of feature films, including ‘ Glory,’ ‘ Malcolm X,’ ‘ Training Day’ and ‘ Fences.’

Denzel Washington is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation and is considered an American cultural icon. [ 1]

In his biography, A Hand to Guide Me Denzel Washington shares his personal story of the mentors who helped guide his life.

Don’t tell me what they said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.

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Never help an ungrateful person get on their feet.

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Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.

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Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.

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Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.

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Put God first in everything you do. Everything that I have is by the grace of God, I understand that. It’s a gift. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.

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If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.

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Never compromise on who you are. You are born with the capacity to achieve greatness if you so desire. Learning to say no is a critical element to accessing that greatness. Your choices will define you; so make them the right ones.

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I say luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you’re prepared for it.

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One failed experiment is one step closer to Success

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When you do good, you get good! Fulfilment comes from serving others, not just hustling to serve yourself. On the path to success, there is always going to be an opportunity to help someone else be successful too. Take that opportunity, and be the kind of person who makes a difference in the lives of others.

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I walk by faith, not by sight.

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Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.

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Give other peoples opinions their right significance. Take advice if it is constructive, and learn from it. But do not build your life based around the opinions of others. Trust yourself and trust your choices.

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You can’t break me because you didn’t make me.

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There are two kinds of pain in this world. The pain that hurts, the pain that alters.

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Life is a melting pot of knowledge and experience, both your own and that of everyone around you. Don’t be afraid to learn from others mistakes, and take bits of useful information or ideas that help you get better at what you do. Wisdom is there at your fingertips, use it.

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Just because you don’t share it on social media, doesn’t mean you’re not up to big things. Live it and stay low key. Privacy is everything.

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here is a lot of joy to be found in reflecting upon your experiences as you work towards your dreams. Learn to laugh at your failures, smile at your wins and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.

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I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office.

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My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.

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You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse. … Now, I’ve been blessed to make hundreds of millions of dollars in my life. I can’t take it with me, and neither can you. It’s not how much you have but what you do with what you have.

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I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.

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If you don’t love your fellow man, women, person, then you don’t have anything. If you don’t treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated that to me is the fundamental message.

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You don’t know when you’re being watched. That’s one of the weird things about celebrity. It’s my least favorite part of acting, celebrity.

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If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.

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For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.

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Originally published at https://motiveex.com on May 25, 2020.