A. Progress, not perfection.
A. Some of my favorites are "The Field Behind the Plow" by Stan Rogers, "Heart Alone" by Bill Staines, and "The Artist in Me" by Dave Mallett. All three inspire me in my creative work.
A. Integrity, competence, and a sense of purpose.
A. Generosity. Not necessarily with money, but with my time, sympathy, advice, and occasionally my house or car.
A. Not having gotten a college scholarship. I was a sometimes-lazy high school student and had to pay for college.