I have followed Tom Hanks career from the beginning. Yes I was a fan of Bosom Buddies and enjoyed Hanks performing outfitted in his dress along with Peter Scolari. It's impressive to see someone stay relevant and loved by the public for more than 35 years.
Hanks has moved on from his early comic days to become one of the largest cash generators for the movie industry. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.3 billion at U.S. and Canadian box offices and more than $8.5 billion worldwide.
He is also an amazing producer and entrepreneur. His production company Playtone makes millions from producing film, music and television. Playtone's projects for HBO have won 52 Emmy Awards, while garnering 107 Emmy Award Nominations.
Hanks's latest movie, Sully, is an example of Hanks current approach to picking projects. Despite starting in comedy, he has lately shown a preference for characters who bravely face extraordinary challenges. There is a lot to learn from this man who has used his talent to its full potential and given so much to so many through his art.
1. "What I do is glamorous and has an awful lot of white-hot attention placed on it. But the actual work requires the same discipline and passion as any job you love doing, be it as a very good pipe fitter or a highly creative artist."
2. "I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they've got to make that choice."
3. "Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor."
4. "Help, and you will make a huge impact in the life of the street, the town, the country and our planet. If only one out of four of each one hundred of you choose to help on any given day, in any given cause, incredible things will happen in the world you live in."
5. "I love what I do for a living, it's the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don't truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I'm always trying to balance that with what is really important. "
6. "We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?"
7. "A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown."
8. "Help publicly. Help privately. Help make sense where sense has gone missing. Help science to solve and faith to soothe. Help, and you will abolish apathy-the void that is so quickly filled by ignorance and evil."
9. The thing that has attracted me to all of those characters is they are fighting the terror that is inside them. For example, in all the reading in much of the research that I did for Saving Private Ryan was the terror that men in command felt in combat ... that they were afraid of making the mistake that was going to get other people killed. That is a huge burden of command, and it's something that you have to fight and tamp down, and you can't allow yourself a moment of hesitation, and that faith in oneself, that's the difference between success and failure. It's not easy to do."
10. "Larger-than-life characters make up about .01 percent of the world's population."
11. "I think it's better to feel good than to look good."
12. "The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time."
13. "I do the work that I think is absolutely fascinating. There's not nearly as much distraction for me now as there used to be."
14. "As long as you as an individual... can convince yourself that in order to move forward as best you can you have to be optimistic, you can be described as 'one of the faithful,' one of those people who can say, 'Well, look, something's going to happen! Let's just keep trying. Let's not give up."
15. "We are in the Third Millennium. We have thousands of years of human history under our belts. If we are not continuously moving towards equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal freedoms for every member of the human race -- not just that half that is male -- then we have squandered all we have learned."
16."...The sharp terror of a loss of confidence in ourselves...you think, How did I get here and how am I going to continue this and when are they going to discover I am, in fact, a fraud and take everything away from me? It's a high wire act that we all walk...If I can't do it then that means I am going to have to fake it..."
17. "My life has never been in jeopardy ever once, but the artistic creative process of one is still based on your ability to fight down those doubts of yourself, and you have to move forward. And you cannot sweat too much the possibility that you are making a wrong mistake."
18."If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s."