The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief.

— Rodney Mullen

The most unique Rodney Mullen quotes that are little-known but priceless

Don't let anything poison your individuality. Break away & look in, not outward.


There's an intrinsic value in creating something for the sake of creating it.


Who are you? What is your distinct contribution? That is so valuable whether it gets you anything or not. Trophies? Doesn't matter. If you know you did it, that's what keeps you going, you know? Success is illusive.


I can't wait to wake up and try something new.

I can't sleep at night because I want to try something new.


Beethoven’s music always struck me.

Always. He had this fire you know. I remember reading this story of him going deaf and pushing himself into self-isolation and that’s where he became himself. And to me that was, wow. Don’t let anything poison your individuality. Be away, break away and look in not outward.


What it is is that there's an intrinsic value in creating something for the sake of creating it, and better than that ... there is this beauty in dropping it into a community of your own making, and seeing it dispersed, and seeing younger, more talented, just different talent, take it to levels you can never imagine, because that lives on.


Any eyes on me - a late-night street sweeper, some dude texting in his parked car, the homeless guy talking to himself - make me feel uncomfortable when I skate. Everyone expects me to do certain things.


Vert skating was the kind of skating that was done in pools, where you could get airborne and be weightless. The other style, which is what I did, was called free style, which was tricks you could do on flat ground.


Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with. Most people seem restless and bounce around too much to focus or even pay attention enough to themselves to figure out exactly what they really do love, as opposed to what the people that surround them are doing.


It puts a ceiling on your progress. You're blocked by your pride. To get good, you have to throw your board around and fall.


Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with.


The degree to which we connect to a community is in proportion to our individuality.


About Rodney Mullen

Quotes 17 sayings
Profession Skateboarder
Birthday August 17, 1966

You build something but you cant live in the house because you sit around guarding it.


Everyone expects me to do certain things.


Skateboarding is as much, or more, an art of mode of expression than it is a sport. What skateboarding has given me is precisely that: a form of expression that drew me to it, and, in so doing, I was able to express and be who I wanted to be through it, in a sense.


I fell in love with skateboarding because it was individual;

there were no teams, there were no captains, there was nothing to perfect. No style that had to be measured. It was completely opposite of what I saw in so many sports. It was creative. And to this day, that's what I love, that's always kept me back to it because it's endless creation.

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