Push haters to the side
“Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.”
Self-acceptance is key
“No matter how much success you have — no matter how many opportunities, fame, fortune, no matter how many people accept you to your face — the person that really needs to accept you is you.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
Gaga pointed out that for all her fame, she was never truly happy until she accepted herself.
“Pop culture is extremely shallow. And we’re just asking the world to get deep and make it about feeling and make it about emotion — make it about how we truly feel. I might be a romantic, but wouldn’t that be a better way to live? If we actually spoke to each other?” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
Pop culture breeds apathy, Gaga argues, and it’s time for us to feel again.
Lack of communication
“This is the age that we live in. We’re not actually communicating with each other. We are unconsciously communicating lies. I want to explode that today and break that with all of you as much as possible.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
“We are unconsciously communicating lies.” Yep. This needs to change, like, yesterday.
You are in control
“It is your right to choose what you do and don’t do. It is your right to choose what you believe in and what you don’t believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
If nothing else, remember this: You are the star of your own life. You have the right to do things your way.
Caring is cool
“Nobody wants to feel. It’s not cool to feel. It’s normal to not feel and to find a way to not feel. I hope today that we can make it cool to feel again and cool to care about it.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
We have to find a way to make it cool to feel again. Caring is cool, people… pass it along.
There’s beauty in being different
“I think that’s probably the best thing that artists and people who are born a little bit different — born with a little extra creativity, born with a little extra anxiety, a little extra something — have to offer the world: our wild thinking, our reckless behavior, our ability to be fearless. We should embrace that culture of kids.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
We shouldn’t shun each other for our differences, but rather celebrate each other for them.
“You laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at you because you’re all the same.”
It’s absolutely OK to be yourself — and be different.
Born this way
“What you should do is know that it is your right as a human being to tell anyone how you feel — to be who you are. We don’t have to be catfishing all the time and pretending. Be yourself. You were born this way.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
You are who you are — you were born this way — and who you are is beautiful.
The power in our words
“What you choose to do with your voice in this world is extremely powerful. We have seen throughout history how dangerous it can be to use your voice for evil. Now we all have a platform.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
There is great power in worlds to do both good and evil. Choose to do good.
“Isn’t that the greatest thing you could possibly teach one of your students? I mean, would you rather them remember that one chapter of the textbook you taught them — or do you want them to remember that you taught them to be a good person? The best mentors in my life taught me that, no matter how successful I became, to be nice to everybody, from the top to the bottom.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
The greatest lesson a person can learn is that of compassion. You never know what someone else is going through.
“We want to start a philosophical movement that has all the moving parts you need to affect education and curriculum and behavioral change, but you know what? Unfortunately, not every kid in this country has a great education. Not every kid in this country has great teachers. Not every kid in this country can afford to eat or go to school. So we have to care about those kids too — and for those kids, it will be about the online change and the person-to-person human connection change. We have to make it cool to be nicer.” — at the Emotion Revolution summit
The time for complacency is certainly not now — rather, it’s time to start a revolution of niceness.