There was an intersting article on Tadao Ando, one of my favorite contemporary architects (the others being Rem Koolhaus, Frank O. Gehry, and Norman Foster), in The Daily Yomiuri. Here's an inspirational quote:
"Life is full of distractions that threaten to sap your passion," Ando goes on. "There are ups and downs in your life. If you work hard only when things go right. Or you don't work hard when things go wrong. That's no good. Whether things go right or not, you should maintain your pace and continually try to get better."