Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.
Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.
The thing is when you're... well-enough known, you get asked to speak places, and they don't really think about whether or not you're qualified. They just want somebody that will be a drawing card for the audience. So it's up to you to decide whether or not it's foolish to get up and speak to these people.
There is a wonderful feeling of power when you're a director, but I don't think I need that, and I'm OK without it.
Pope Benedict XVI