Announcing You!

“I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy
business cards printed up to announce it, ‘Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'”
~ Count Basie a.k.a William James Basie,
Jazz Pianist, Organist, Bandleader, & Composer

I Wouldn’t Trade It for Anything!

“Now I’m having the time of my life being on the road with one of the world’s
all-time great big bands, and performing with symphonies. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
~ Doc Severinsen a.k.a Carl Hilding Severinsen,
Pop & Jazz Trumpeter

The Idea of Life

“The idea of life is to give and receive.”
~ Dizzy Gillespie a.k.a John Birks Gillespie,
Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader, Composer & Singer.

The Richest Relationships

“Without a doubt, my richest relationships are my long-term friendships
with musical partners, because we make music together.
That’s what we love to do with our lives.
My wife, Gayle, is a wonderful musician and singer.
We share music, so it’s a deep bond.
~ Chick Corea a.k.a Armando Anthony Corea,
Jazz and Fusion Pianist, Keyboardist & Composer

To Rise Above

“To rise above the crowd, you must discipline yourself unceasingly to the strict demand and realities of your ambition.”
~ Arturo Sandoval,
Jazz Trumpeter, Pianist, Composer, Emmy Award
Grammy Awards (10x), Billboard Awards (6x)
& Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gift Yourself, Today, If You Haven’t Already!

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman and Health Spokesperson

Comfortable Inaction

“There are risks and costs to action. Yet they are far less
than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Armed & Fabulous

“The entire Spring and Summer line from Marc Jacobs
was stolen on the way to the fashion show in Paris.
The thief is considered armed and fabulous.”

~ James Douglas Muir “Jay”  Leno,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor,
& Television Host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show (2009–2010)
from The Tonight Show, November 17, 2011

What Kind of Legacies Are We Leaving?

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.”
~ Tavis Smiley,
Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator,
Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist

A Claim to Fame

“My claim to fame will not be that I inherited my father’s company and bled it.
My claim to fame will be that I inherited my father’s entrepreneurship abilities and I built many companies.
Not only did I build them, but I trained and continue to train others to do the same thing.
I work with partners to ensure that they experience the kind of success that I am having.
I don’t know how a human being can enjoy himself any more than I am.”
~ Bernard Bronner ,
President and Show & Sales Director, Bronner Brothers,
Publisher,Upscale Magazine
& Partner, Rainforest Films

Replay or Pre-play?

“Our mind has two functions — memory to replay the past
and imagination to pre-play the future!
Which function will YOU spend more time using?”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor, Word of Faith Worship Center

Be Not Questionable

“No one will question your integrity
if your integrity is not questionable.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Jr.,
Manufacturing Director, Bronner Bros., President, Century Systems Inc.
& Senior Pastor, Ark of Salvation Church

Time, Spirit & Knowledge

“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Lacking the Faith

“It’s a lack of faith that makes people afraid
of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.”
~ Muhammad Ali a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Sticky Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

An Essential Value

“The main advice I feel I shall give to young talents, on top of always and firmly believing in their passions,
is to be humble. In our field, and not only (our field), it’s an essential value to grow professionally.” 
~ Tomaso Trussardi,
CEO, Trussardi Group

An Inspiring Attitude

“My father didn’t talk too much, and wasn’t very much into giving me advice, verbally.
It was his attitude, mainly, that inspires me as a mother and a working woman today.
He taught me the importance of humility. How we all work to make ourselves a living
and that there’s no need to feel superior.”
~ Gaia Trussardi,
Creative Director, Trussardi Group

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Still Wearing Those PJs

“(on acting with John Wayne) John Wayne was my father’s favorite actor,
and we went to the local drive-in theatre to see every one of his movies.
We’d have to wear our pajamas, ’cause we’d always fall asleep in the car on the way home,
and when I actually met “The Duke” I had the strangest sense of deja vu,
like I was still wearing those pajamas.”
~ A Martinez a.k.a Adolfo Larrue Martinez III ,
Actor, Singer & Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor

Daily Life vs. Dollars

“How much is enough? My co-founders at ZipRecruiter and I found ourselves in the unique situation
of running a profitable bootstrapped business. Every month was a choice between keeping the profit
or re-investing for growth. In a very specific way, we had to answer the question,
“What is enough money?”
Rather than argue over numbers in a spreadsheet, we instead each listed the lifestyle we wanted.
My list was simple: Eat dinner with my family every night, send my kids to good schools,
work out three times a week, and if everything fell just right, fly business class.
Clarifying success in terms of daily life vs. dollars made it easy to agree on how much was “enough.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Retire? Nah, Re-fire!

“I don’t really see a need to retire as long as I am having fun.”
~ Stan Lee,
Comic Book Writer, Editor, Publisher, Media Producer,
Television Host, Actor, & Former President & Chairman – Marvel Comics

Multi-Creative You!

“What I really need is for people to know that I don’t just do this,
I do this and this and this and this. We all have creativity in us and
we all are multi-dimensional and we are all interested in a lot of things
and that women are fabulous. We can handle a lot of things.
There is a general knowledge that I am multi-dimensional,
that when you are creative you do a lot of things.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman and Health Spokesperson

Be Not a Part

“We want you to focus on responsibility, on accountability,
and making sure that anyone who is behaving in a way that takes
your company down a path of criminal activity
be not a part of the process — and that’s something
that we’ll be taking very seriously.”
~ Loretta Lynch,
U.S. Attorney General

Lead-Parent Husbands

“Many of us can’t make it without lead-parent husbands.
If you have a lead-parent husband, celebrate him!”
~ Anne-Marie Slaughter,
Author & President, New America Foundation

Pay Attention to the Signs

“Surviving and thriving in the wake of my mothers loss,
I learned to believe in God. He has a plan, if you pay attention to the signs.
I am inspired by the absolute proof of miracles.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Doggy Eau De Toilette: The Toilet Water They Drink

“If you don’t want your dog to have bad breath, do what I do:
Pour a little Lavoris in the toilet.”
~ James Douglas Muir “Jay”  Leno,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor,
& Television Host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show (2009–2010)

Equally Created

Jayne Mansfield
“I don’t want to get involved in the racial situation
at the expense of losing fans. I wouldn’t say anything too strong,
but I do know that God created us equal and we’re not living up to it.”
~ Jayne Mansfield a.k.a Vera Jayne Palmer,
Actress, Model & Singer

A Priceless Gift

“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold,
but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold;
for gold is cold & lifeless – it can neither see nor hear,
in time of trouble its powerless to cheer –
it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand,
it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand.
So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if God sends not diamonds,
pearls or riches but the love of real true friends.”
~ Muhammad Ali a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Get Good at It

“Love what you do. Get good at it.
Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age.”
~ Jon Stewart a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Created to Endure & Flourish

Israel, sunset.
“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

A Mistaken Impression

“Scientists are complaining that the new dinosaur movie shows
dinosaurs with lemurs, who didn’t evolve for another million years.
They’re afraid the movie will give kids a mistaken impression.
What about the fact that the dinosaurs are singing and dancing?”
~ James Douglas Muir “Jay”  Leno,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor,
& Television Host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–2014)
The Jay Leno Show (2009–2010)

The Capacity to Believe

“I’ve always believed in God. I also think that’s the sort of thing
that either comes as part of the equipment, the capacity to believe,
or at some point in your life, when you’re in a position
where you actually need help from a Power greater than yourself,
you simply make an agreement.”
~ Stephen King,
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Screenwriter, Columnist, Actor,
Television Producer, Film Director, Musician and Singer

Let It Slide, or Cook With It!

“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul.
Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”
~ Diane Lane,
Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award,
New York Film Critics Circle Award & Women in Film Crystal Award

Beautiful Characters

“Character contributes to beauty.
It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
A mode of conduct, a standard of courage,
discipline, fortitude, and integrity
can do a great deal
to make a woman beautiful.
~ Jacqueline Bisset,
Actress, Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur Insignia Award (2010)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Are You Nurturing Your Mind?

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli ,
Writer, Politician
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
(FEB 1868 – DEC 1868 ) & (FEB 1874 – APR 1880 )

In Nothing Great, Nor Small

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small,
large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
~ Winston Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1951–1955)

Reflecting What They View

“We always seem to be a bit surprised that our children are reflecting stuff that we are showing them.
I don’t know about you, but every movie that I saw when I was a kid, I emulated.
I was Haley Mills for an entire summer and had an English accent.”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author

Outwitting Haters

“I always joke about letting the haters motivate you.
Everybody has that in their life; people who doubt them or make them feel less than they are.
It just takes faith and belief in yourself, and you’ve got to dig deep into that.
That has to come from you – nobody’s going to give you that.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer, and Singer

Your Future, Predicted

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”
~ Peter F. Drucker,
Author, Writer,
Management Consultant & Professor

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.

Style-of-Life Lies

“Euphemisms persist (for some people) because lying
is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
~ Bergen Evans,
Professor of English, TV Show Host,
& George Foster Peabody Award (1957)

Blue? Dance Silly-Ugly!

“If you’re feeling blue, lock yourself in a room,
stand in front of a mirror, and dance –
and laugh at yourself
and be sexy. Dance the silliest and ugliest you’ve ever danced.
Make fun of yourself and try to recover your sense of humor.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)


“Users of clichés frequently have more sinister intentions beyond laziness and conventional thinking.
Relabeling events often entails subtle changes of meaning.
War produces many euphemisms, downplaying or giving verbal respectability
to savagery and slaughter.”
~ Patrick Cockburn,
Author, Journalist, Correspondent, Martha Gellhorn Prize (2005),
James Cameron Prize(2006) & Orwell Prize for Journalism (2009)

Inherited Kid-Wrinkles!

Doris Day quote, "Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."
“Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children.”
~ Doris Day a.k.a Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff ,
Actress, Singer, Animal Rights Activist and Hotelier
~ Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

All in All

“Even if some days I feel like I’m ready to fall apart,
I am ultimately happier than I’ve ever been.
My family gives me more joy than I thought possible,
and my career fulfills me tremendously.
All in all, I feel like am in the exact place
I am supposed to be in,
doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.”
~ Ali Landry,
Actress, Model, and Miss USA (1996)

Fear Isn’t the Right Guide

“When we stay open to possibility (instead of letting fear guide our choices),
we experience more joy, meaning and purpose than we ever imagined—
both in life and business.”
~ Debra Gould,
Jewelry Designer, Website Designer, Author, Storyteller,
Comedienne, Real Estate Flipper & Stager Entrepreneur

I Am Still Going

“Here I am, I still go on, you know, like the tides.”
~ Angela Lansbury a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress and Singer,
Golden Globe Awards winner (6x), nominee (+9x),
Tony Awards winner (5x), nominee (+2x),
Emmy Awards nominee (16x) & Grammy Award winner-nominee

An Earned Face, The Face Earned

“The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you,
but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.”
~ Cindy Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via Pixabay

Playing Together, Like Children

“Along the way, let’s never forget that once we were children
and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from.
Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior.
We’ve forgotten what that childlike experience was like.”
~ Guy Laliberte,
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Co-Founder Cirque du Soleil.

Elements of My Universe

“Every time I start chasing my tail, and I’m trying to control all these elements of my universe, I pray,
‘I’m not in control of any of this. I can just do the best I can.
Please guide me. Please help me figure how I can move through this in the way You would have me.'”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author

Dream Crushers

“All I can tell you, really, is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough,
just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
~ Image via NAME HERE

Being Okay On Your Own

“You’ve got to love yourself first.
You’ve got to be okay on your own
before you can be okay with somebody else.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer, and Singer

Accidental Productivity?

“Productivity is never an accident.
It is always the result of a commitment to
excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”
~ Paul J. Meyer,
Founder of Success Motivation Institute and Leadership Management Institute,
Author, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur

These Are the Magic Keys

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth.
Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys
to living your life with integrity.”
~ W. Clement Stone,
Businessman, Philanthropist & Author

Really Have Something

“If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing.
You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world,
but if you are not a moral and ethical person,
you really have nothing.”
~ Henry Kravis,
Businessman, Philanthropist
& Co-Founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

The Surest Test

“Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity
is his refusal to do or say anything
that would damage his self-respect.”
~ Thomas S. Monson,
Author & President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Believe So Strongly

“What is important is to believe in something
so strongly that you’re never discouraged.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

The Ultimate Vision

“Don’t walk through life just playing football.
Don’t walk through life just being an athlete.
Athletics will fade. Character and integrity,
and really making an impact on someone’s life,
that’s the ultimate vision,
that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”
~ Ray Lewis,
NFL Football Linebacker (1996–2012)
& ESPN Analyst

More Than Anything Else

“Goodness is about character –
integrity, honesty, kindness,
generosity, moral courage, and the like.
More than anything else,
it is about how we treat other people.”
~ Dennis Prager,
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Columnist, Public Speaker,
Founder of Prager University, Author & Television Personality

When No One’s Looking

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.
There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right
is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”
~ Julius Caesar Watts,
Politician & Canadian Football League Player (1981-1986)

Watch My Mouth

“I wasn’t trying to be a role model with ‘The Dutchess,’
yet suddenly, seeing little girls in the audience
with their moms made me think about
what I do onstage a little bit more.
I had to watch my mouth, because it can be filthy.
It changed things for me.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

When No One’s Watching

“Integrity is doing the right thing,
even when no one is watching.”
~ Clive Staples Lewis a.k.a. C.S. Lewis,
Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
~ Image via NAME HERE

The Motive Matters

“It’s always inspiring to me to meet people
who feel that they can make a difference in the world.
That’s their motive, that’s their passion…
I think that’s what makes your life meaningful,
that’s what fills your own heart and that’s what gives you purpose.”
~ Maria Shriver,
Journalist, Activist, Author,
First Lady of California (11.17.2003–1.3.2011),
Peabody Award recipient & Emmy Award recipient (2x)
~ Image via NAME HERE

Thoughts Boomerang!

“You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend.
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart,
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
In God’s productive soil
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
With shelter for those who toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe—
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.”

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
Author & Poet

Anyone Can

“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
But to hold it together, when everyone else would understand
if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
~ Author Unknown,
~ Image via NAME HERE

Seeing Who Rises

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top.
A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”
~ Simon Sinek,
~ Image via NAME HERE

Carrying COOKIES!

an assortment of cookies
“I usually travel with a Posse. I roll deep.
I travel like a rapper, yet without the artillery.
We don’t carry guns, we carry COOKIES.”
~ Gabriel Iglesias,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Voice Actor
~ Image via NAME HERE

Failing Forward

“When I first started trying to learn
real estate investing I wanted to quit.

I spent thousands and for the longest
time had 0 deals to show for it.

But I kept pushing through.

And now I’m a better investor and teacher
because of it. I’m glad that I failed!

If you’ve given real estate a try and haven’t
gotten the results you wanted…

Keep failing forward. You’re going to be
a better investor for it in the end!”

~ Cody Sperber ,
Real Estate Entrepreneur
~ Image via NAME HERE

Growing Beyond a Mistake

“Mistakes grow your brain. … at least a small part of the fore-brain called the thalamus can appreciably grow after periods of the sort of cognitive stimulation involved in mistake-making. What matters for improving performance is that a person is challenged, which requires a mindset that is receptive to being challenged, if not actively seeking out challenge and failure. And that may be the most important thing a teacher can impart.”
~ Jo Boaler,
Professor of Mathematics Education
~ Image via NAME HERE

Market & Sell

“Knowing how to market and sell is a missing skill in most businesses.
They, the business owners, know how to create a ‘better mousetrap’,
but they don’t know how to tell the world.

When you study sales and marketing, you bring that essential missing element
to the table and you can turn their idea into riches – for both of you.
Everyone wins. You do, they do, and the world does, because you are helping
to add value and solve problems.

So get better at marketing. Learn to sell. Do the right things with your money.
Put it to work. Think ACTIVE income, not passive income, and you’ll have the
right mindset for riches.

There is no lazy way, only the honorable way to wealth for you, of adding value,
changing lives, growing others, and making the world a better place, one transaction
at a time.”

~ Craig Ballantyne,
Editor, Strength & Conditioning Coach-Entrepreneur, & Author
~ Image via NAME HERE