Fatherhood: A Journey Gladly Taken

“I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking.
Number one, it’s a great learning experience. When my mother told me it’s a 24/7 job, she wasn’t kidding.
~ Christopher Meloni,
Actor & Executive Producer
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The Inspiring Dad

“I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.”
~ Liza Minnelli,
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist,
American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Best Actress Academy Award,
BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello Career Award,
Grammy Award, Grammy Legen Award, Primetime Emmy Award & Tony Award
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The Actions of Others

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Develop What You Already Have

“You don’t have to go out and get skills and talents, but just
develop what you already have and use them within the family of God.”
~ Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier,
Actor, Singer, Minister &
Football Player (New York Giants (1955–1962), Los Angeles Rams (1963–1966), Master of Ceremonies for the Special Olympics (1970-1983),
IBM Watson Award,  B’nai Birth Champion of Youth, National Football League Humanitarian Award & Penn State Alumnus of the Year.

Keeping Their Sex Between the Two

“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,'” ….
“But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy – a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman –
they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.
They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

It’s Never Too Late

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do,
and he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”
~ Michael Jordan,
Professional Basketball Player (1984-2003) & Author

My Greatest Source of Achievement, Pride & Inspiration

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration.
Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.”
~ Naveen Jain,
Co-Founder – Moon Express, Founder – Intelius, Talentwise, Bluedot, Infospace & Viome

A Husband, a Father, a Son …

“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle,
a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”
~ Mark Wahlberg,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Model, Rapper, Songwriter, Co-Owner – Wahlburgers,
Co-Founder – Performance Inspired & Founder – Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

What Are You Truly Expecting?

“You cannot separate what you are truly expecting from what will actually happen.
You get what you expect; it works in the negative, but it also works in the positive.”
~ Dr. Jerry Savelle ,
Author, Speaker, Missionary, Evangelist, TV Host, & Co-Founder Pastor – Heritage of Faith Christian Center

Change

“Change is the law of life, and those who look
only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Remaking God

“Man tries to remake God to conform to his own wishful thinking,
so that he can make himself comfortable in his own sins.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

I Row, Swim, Ski & …

“I row my boat on the river. I swim, ski, walk, lift weights, do yoga and Pilates.
I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old.”
~ Lynda Carter,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Miss World USA (1972) & Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2018)

Partnering in Prayer

“Having a partner to agree in prayer about things coming up in the new year
brings a whole new level of relationship to the Lord.”
~ Carman,
a.k.a. Carmen Licciardello
Singer, Songwriter, Television Host, Author, Evangelist, GMA Dove Awards (6X), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Charisma Magazine “Readers Choice Award”, RIAA Certified Platinum Video: “Revival In The Land”, Ampex Golden Reel Award : “Revival in The Land”
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Revival In The Land”, RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “The Champion”,
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”, RIAA Certified Gold Video: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”,
Co-Founder “Parable Christian Film Festival” & House of Hope Humanitarian Award (2004)

Treating Yourself Very Good

“I treat myself pretty good. I take lots of vacations, I eat well, I take supplements, I do mercury detox,
I get plenty of sleep, I drink plenty of water and I stay away from drama and stress.”
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

The On-Screen Look

“There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen,
where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting.
I’m sorry to disappoint people, but I don’t look like that all the time – no actress does.”
~ Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Actress & Philanthropist

The Ultimate of Being Successful

“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.”
~ Leontyne Price,
Classical (lirico spinto) Soprano, Author, Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), Spingarn Medal (1965),
Kennedy Center Honors (1980), National Medal of Arts (1985), Grammy Awards (19X),
Lifetime Achievement Award (1989) & National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors (2008 )

If Men Were Birthing Babies

“Let me tell you something: I salute womanhood worldwide, because women are exceptionally tough for enduring the misery of childbirth.
I’ve cleaned hogs and gutted deer, but in my experience on Earth I’ve never witnessed such a brutal event.
If men were in charge of carrying and birthing our babies, we’d have a lot fewer people on Earth,
because we’d only do it once- I can promise you that!”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

Spoken & Unspoken Words

“Words that are not spoken are much more powerful
than words that are spoken in unbelief.”
~ Charles Capps,
Farmer, Land Developer, Preacher, Teacher & Author

If You Do Not Prepare …

“When you go to meetings or auditions and you fail to prepare,
prepare to fail. It is simple but true.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

Pressures & Needs

“Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.”
~ Desi Arnaz,
a.k.a. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III,
Actor, Musician, Television Producer, Author,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x) & Golden Globe Award (1956)

Know Your Inner Self

“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis …,
because you know what’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now.
So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success,
because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

That Which We are Best Fitted For

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted.
It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for,
and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions,
because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”
~ Maria Montessori,
Physician, Educator, Author & Founder – Montessori Method

I Did It for Myself

“It took me 10 years, but I eventually graduated from college, too.
I knew that nobody in this business would ever ask to see my diploma – I did it for myself.
I believe that the only way you can really change your life is to get new information.
I, also, wanted to learn the classics, not fake them.”
~ Clarence Gilyard Jr.,
Actor, College Professor, & Author

An Excellent End

“Just because you didn’t start out perfect doesn’t mean you can’t have an excellent result in the end.”
~ Debi Thomas,
Nebelhorn Trophy (1985), World Figure Skating Championships, (1986 ), Skate America (1986), Skate Canada (1988),
St. Ivel International (1988), Grand Prix International Saint Gervais (1985), U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1986, 1988),
World Professional Figure Skating Championships (1988, 1989, 1991)

No Regrets

“I have no regrets because I know I did my best – all I could do.”
~ Midori Ito,
Figure Skater (1973-1992, 2011-2013), World Champion (1989), Olympic Silver Medalist (1992 ),
World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (2003) & ISU Adult Figure Skating Championship (2013)
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Just Doing the Easiest Thing Possible

“Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by,
by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you
who really wants to do what you’re doing.
And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.
~ Maria Sara Bartiromo,
Journalist, Columnist, Author(3) & News Anchor
Coalition of Italo-American Associations Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award (1997)
Union League of Philadelphia Lincoln Statue Award (2004)
Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of A Breaking News Story (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting (2009)
Financial Times 50 People Who Shaped the Decade (2009)
Cable Hall of Fame (2011)
~

Knowing & Loving Yourself

“People who deeply know and love themselves are not hateful towards others.” 
~ Yung Pueblo,
a.k.a. Diego Perez
Mediator, Writer, & Speaker

If Someone Doesn’t Like You

“The one thing I really learned, and learned well, in group therapy was that
you don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”
~ Rita Moreno,
a.k.a. Rosa Dolores Alverio,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award (1972), Tony Award (1975), Emmy Award (1977),
Emmy Award (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

The Excellence

“Envy always hates the excellence it cannot reach”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries,
& Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

Life Has Been a Dream

“My life has been a dream. If someone had to write a story about it, it would seem a little unreal.
It’s the kind of story I would read and say, ‘Nah, that’s not possible.'”

~ Ralph Lauren,
Designer & Founder, Ralph Lauren Corp.

Being Your Best

“The man who has done his level best… is a success,
even though the world may write him down a failure.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Playing Dumb

“Intelligence is sexy. Don’t play dumb, especially young girls.
Don’t play dumb, and let people see that you are intelligent.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

Carrying Joy

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”
~ Carlos Santana,
Musician, Songwriter, Bandleader, Author, Kennedy Center Honoree (2013), Co-Founder – Milagro Foundation
Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Award (2004),
International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2002), BMI Latin Awards BMI Icon (2005),
Grammy Awards (10X) & Latin Grammy Awards (3X)

Peace & Change

“I see a deep connection between peace and change:
peace always starts from within, for communities and people alike.
The same is true of change: real change starts from within.”
~ Forest Whitaker,
Actor, Producer, Director, Academy Award (2006), British Academy Film Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2006),
National Board of Review Award (2006), Screen Actors Guild Award (2006), Hollywood Actor of the Year Award (2006),
American Riviera Award (2007) & Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007)

Construct Your Life, Construct Your Future

“Your words are building blocks of which you construct your life and future.”
~ Charles Capps,
Farmer, Land Developer, Preacher, Teacher & Author

Swimming in Endless Circles

“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings,
just so people can watch them swim in endless circles,
teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals –
and the lesson is not a flattering one.”
~ Pamela Anderson,
Actress, Model, Animal Rights Activist,
Philanthropist & Canada’s Walk of Fame (2006)

Let the Nice Things Come Out

“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna – or
it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”
~ Barbara Walters,
Broadcast Journalist, Author,
Daytime Emmy Awards (1975, 2003, 2009)
NAACP Image Award – Best Talk Series (The View, 2009)
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award (1998)
Paul White Award, Radio Television Digital News Association (1985)

It’s Not Like the End of the World

“Sure, I suffered a lot. But it’s not like the end of the world and
it’s not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and
I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”
~ Ben Affleck,
a.k.a. Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Actor, Director, Producer Screenwriter, Academy Awards (2X), Golden Globe Awards (3X),
BAFTA Awards (2X), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2X), Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, Co-Founder – Eastern Congo Initiative , Co-Owners –Pearl Street Films

 

Scrutinized

“You can’t help but be scrutinized;
so I might as well be doing something while I’m being scrutinized.”
~ Heather Locklear,
Actress,  Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Drama (4x)
Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2x).

A Tool to Open the Heart

“I think that comedy is such a tool to open the heart, to loosen up the muscles, to loosen up the brain.
God knew how important it would be to laugh because He said it is a great medicine,
and when used properly, it is the greatest of medicines.”
~ Chonda Pierce,
Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist &
Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center

Being Sold-Out

“You were redeemed to be outstanding, but it takes being sold-out to stand-out.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award

Recognized by Heavenly

“To receive man’s recognition, you will have to abide by man’s rules.
And man’s recognition might lead you to success, but it will never lead you to satisfaction.
Satisfaction comes only from being recognized by God.”
~ Sergio De La Mora,
Author, Founder & Pastor – Cornerstone Church

Our Democracy Will Cease to Exist

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from
those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

His Silence Never Equals Slumber

“We have no idea how busy God’s hands are even when His mouth seems closed.
Where God is concerned, silence never equals slumber.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Free to Become Whatever He Intends

“The American Dream is not that every man must be level with every other man.
The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

The Finances to Withstand Adversity

“We will need a strong balance sheet that allows us to
withstand adversity, while continuing to invest in the future.”
~ Tidjane Thiam,
Banker, Philanthropist, INSEAD Alumnus of the Year Award (2007), Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur Award (2011),
Grand Prix de l’Économie Award (2013) & Euromoney Banker of the Year Award (2018)

In July 2018, business and finance magazine Euromoney named Thiam “Banker of the Year 2018”, citing his “radical three-year plan” that had “reinvented” Credit Suisse

This Is When You’re About to Take the Throne

“The enemy would not be working overtime if you were not about to take the throne.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Pushing Pushy Thoughts

“Sometimes our thoughts try to push us around.
It’s time we start pushing our thoughts around.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Leaving Bad Situations

“A fear of the unknown keeps a lot of people from leaving bad situations.”
~ Kathie Lee Gifford,
Television Host, Singer, Songwriter, Author< Director, Producer & Philanthropist

That Color on Purpose

“People are valuable regardless of the color of their skin.
You can be open about it and talk about it. You don’t have to pretend that you are not different,
but you can learn about those differences God didn’t say, ‘Ooh, I made you brown on accident.’
He made them that color on purpose. And if you do not have friendships with other races,
then ask God to bring you some. He will.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

Choose Liberty or Restraint & Servitude

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality.
But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty,
socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
~ Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville,
Political Thinker & Historian

Its Record of Failure

“Socialism in general has a record of failure
so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
~ Thomas Sowell,
Economist, Social Theorist, American Enterprise Institute Francis Boyer Award (1990),
National Association of Scholars Sydney Hook Award (1998), National Humanities Medal (2002),
Bradley Prize for Intellectual Achievement (2003), Laissez Faire Books’ Lysander Spooner Award (2004)
& getAbstract International Book Award (2008)

Rich & Poorer, Poor & Poorer

“Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer – but the poor will also be poorer.
People will lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs.”
~ Thomas Peterffy,
Architectural Draftsman, Computer Programmer, Businessman & Founder, Chairman & CEO – Interactive Brokers.

Other Peoples’ Money

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher), 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
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A National Ethos

“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom
includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for
the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.”
~ Wikipedia,
The Free Encyclopedia

Big Nanny Government

“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is
because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing,
not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.”
~ Lyn Nofziger,
Journalist, Political Consultant, Author, Press Secretary & White House Advisor

Voluntary Exchange vs. Forced Distribution

“Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist.
Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism:
I may not want to help you, I may dislike you,
but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve.
Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.”
~ Ben Shapiro,
Political Commentator, Columnist, Author, Radio Talk Show Host & Lawyer

An Amorphous ‘Collection’

“No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual.
The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’
and stop thinking of them as people, is the day you start going out of business.” 
~ Dharmesh Shah 
Co-Founder –HubSpot

The Biggest Brand in the Whole World

“”Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world.
Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow.
So, set yourself manageable targets.”
~ Jas Bagniewski,
Co-Founder – Eve Sleep

Hockey, Basketball & Golf

“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.”
~ Tiger Woods,
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour wins (80), European Tour wins (40), Japan Golf Tour wins (2),
Asian Tour wins (1), PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1) & Amateur wins (21)

True Repentance

““True repentance isn’t just saying, “I’m sorry.” It’s. saying “I’m sorry, I’ll never, ever do that again
because my relationship with you means more to me than anything.””
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over