Simply the Best
She became famous as the better half of Ike & Tina Turner, but breaking up that act may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. Nearly a decade after leaving her abusive husband, Tina Turner made an amazing comeback and later landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling more concert tickets than any other solo artist. Here, in 20 slides, are some things she learned along the way.
On Setting Yourself Free
"Sometimes you have to let everything go—purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything—whatever is bringing you down—get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
On Taking Positive Steps
"I believe that if you'll just stand up and go, life will open up for you."
On Her Early Days
"I didn't have anybody, really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life."
"I don't like to dwell on the past."
On Her Drive
"I never said, 'Well, I don't have this and I don't have that.' I said, 'I don't have this yet, but I'm going to get it.'"
On Her Energy
"I need that on stage. I need a burst of life."
On Her Ambition
"I'm self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream—to have class."
On What Draws Her
"I am attracted to myths."
On Taking a Stand
"You asked me if I ever stood up for anything. Yeah, I stood up for my life."
"My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself."
On Those Legs
"I always had long legs. When I was young, I used to think, 'Why do I look like a little pony?'"
"I believe in prayer and in strong belief."
On Her Idea of Heaven
"This is what I want in heaven ... words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies."
"Age is no issue to me. I think 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50. There are no rules that say you have to dress a certain way or be a certain way."
On Her Powerful Presence
"Physical strength in a woman—that's what I am."
On Being a Buddhist
"I never close a door on any other religion. Most of the time, some part of it makes sense to me. I don't believe everyone has to chant just because I chant. I believe all religion is about touching something inside of yourself."
On the Quest for Wisdom
"I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into—and an acceptance of—things."
On Her Legacy
"My legacy is that I stayed on course ... from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me."
On Life's Journey
"People think my life has been tough, but I think it has been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it's not what happens, but how you deal with it."
On Never Giving Up
"I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!"
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