"When you can find somebody who solves problems in the motion picture industry, those people are worth their weight in precious metals. Solving problems as opposed to causing them is the difference between people who can and cannot make it."
"I would say that 90% of the real good jobs in show business are all about the phone call of bad news."
"You as a writer, you are going to write things that no one is going to get, no one is going to understand and you cannot let that get in your way whatsoever."
"You have got to say ‘I know who I am, I know what my skills are and I’m in this for the long haul.’ Perseverance. It all comes down to that."
"What it requires, no matter where you are in the film business in the motion picture, tv industry, requires this quality, that I believe is known as equipoise. Equipoise means you have to have this perfect balance between relaxation and concentration."
"You gotta be able to move in whatever direction that is required at the moment. When that phone call comes in and says we have a disaster on our hands, you have to say very calmly and quietly ‘let me see what I can do. I’ll take care of this, don’t worry’ and put it down and go off and take care of whatever it is."
Words of wisdom from actor Tom Hanks in the ABC News "Stand Up For Heroes" series. He’s working with a Staff Sergeant who wants to be a screenwriter