Grow or Die

  “Complacency is the worst. I never allow myself to be content with what I have done,
and I have always tried to instill this in everyone around me. Grow or die.
If you want to innovate, don’t focus on the results.”
~ Amancio Ortega Gaona,
Businessman, Co-Founder Inditex, Co-Founder – Zara Clothing
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A Great Teacher

“Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools
as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible,
it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

Coming from Humble Circumstances

“The essence of America – that which really unites us –
is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion –
it is an idea – and what an idea it is:
That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”
~ Condoleezza Rice,
Founder – Center for New Generation (1992), Political Scientist, Diplomat, United States Secretary of State (2005–2009),
United States National Security Advisor (2001–2005), Provost of Stanford University (1993–1999),
Augusta National Golf Club (2012), ESPNW Impact 25 (2014), Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2017) & Author

Staying on Course

“My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end,
because I believed in something inside of me.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

A Burning Desire to Do

“If you’re bored with life —-
if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things —-
you don’t have enough goals.”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)

Achieving Beyond Slothfulness

“The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.”
~ Harrison Ford,
National Association of Theatre Owner’s “Star of the Year” (1994),
Empire Magazine’s #1 of “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” (1997),
People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” (1998),
Harris Poll’s “America’s Favorite Movie Star” (1998, 1999, & 2000),
AFI Life Achievement Award (2000), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2002), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003), Jules Verne Award (2006), Saturn Awards for Best Actor (1981, 2015), Living Legends of Aviation Award (2009), Experimental Aircraft Association’s Freedom of Flight Award (2009), Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy (2010) & Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award (2013)

Writes Them Down & Puts Them in Bible

“Every year for New Years
I write down all of my goals and dreams
and put them in my Bible.
At the end of the year
I go and pull the paper out and
check this off and check that off.”
~ Nene Leakes,
a.k.a. Linnethia Monique Johnson,
Television Personality, Actress, Presenter, Author & Fashion DesigneR

You Weren’t Born Just to Live a Life & Die

“You weren’t born just to live a life and to die;
you were born to accomplish something specifically.
Matter of fact, success is making it to the end of your purpose; that is success…
Success is not just existing. Success is making it to the end of why you were born.” 
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder – Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder – Myles Munroe International (MMI),
CEO & Chairman of International Third World Leaders Association,
President – International Leadership Training Institute & Author

Define Your Goals

“The first step is clearly defining what it is you’re after,
because without knowing that, you’ll never get it.”

~ Halle Berry,
Actress, Model & Film Producer

Longer-Lived Than the Academy

“I just realized something, I’m older than the Academy,
plus 4 months, maybe 5.
I’m very proud of that.
Just keep moving!”
~ Eva Marie Saint,
Academy Award (1954), Primetime Emmy Award (1990),
Golden Boot Awards (2007), Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2X),
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (1999),
Savannah Film and Video Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (2000),
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – King Vidor Memorial Award (2004),
& 2nd Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards – Best Female Vocal Performance (2012),

The Best of Good Moments

“I live in the moment. The moment is the most important thing.
That’s my entire philosophy: Make the best of the good moments.”
~ Rita Moreno,
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)

Do the Best You Can

“Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.”
~ Loretta Lynn,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Commercial Spokesperson, Actress,
Number 1 Albums (10), Number 1 Singles (16), Grammy Awards (3x), American Music Awards (7x), Broadcast Music Incorporated Awards (8x),
Academy of Country Music (13x), Country Music Association (8x), Music City News Awards (26x), Country Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” (1972),
Academy of Country Music “Artist of the Decade” (1970s), Country Music Hall of Fame (1988), Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1999), Continue reading “Do the Best You Can”

Be Unapologetic That We Excel

“I think we should be unapologetic that we excel –
and look beautiful while doing it.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

Diapers: 30 Seconds Flat

“I can change a diaper in 30 seconds flat.
I set the new one beneath the old one.
That way, it’s just wipe and pull the flap over.”
~ Drew Brees,
Quarterback – San Diego Chargers (2001–2005) & New Orleans Saints (2006–Present),
Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Super Bowl MVP (XLIV),
Pro Bowl (11× – 2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016, 2017),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010),
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006),
Author, Businessman, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Brees Dream Foundation

A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

Look Back at Life with No What-Ifs

“We should all aim to look back at life with no what-ifs
and be proud of what we’ve achieved.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Less Than 100% Perfect

“I wish there were two of me and 48-hour days
so I could get everything done.
But for me, I have to not try and think that everything
has to be 100% perfect all the time
and leave room for error.
As long as my kids feel loved and a priority,
everything really is secondary.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Our Best Days are Ahead

“I seriously feel like the best days are ahead,
and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with
more knowledge, experience, and street smarts. There’s a certain love,
appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don’t
have when you’re younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer & Singer

Something Unique & Distinctive

“Every man and woman is born into the world to do
something unique and something distinctive and
if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,

To Be Ever So Alive

“A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition, but no love is dead.
A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.”
~ Pearl Bailey,
Singer, Actress & Author
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (1976)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1988).
Tony Award (1968) & Daytime Emmy Award (1986)

Thinking Even BIGGER

“Corporate America was hurling offers at her.
Thinking even bigger, wanting even more,
she had dreams of starting a Martha Stewart magazine
and starring in her own regularly-scheduled
Martha Stewart television show.
Martha saw herself as
Betty Crocker, Julia Child, Miss Manners,
Emily Post, and Rupert Murdoch
all rolled into one juicy pie.”
~ Jerry Oppenheimer,
Author, Biographer, Journalist, Investigative Reporter,
Television News Producer & Documentary Producer.

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.”
~ Christina Aguilera,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Do YOU Believe in Your Abilities?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble, yet reasonable confidence
in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Reaching for Stars

hands reaching for stars ... their goals, heart's desires & dreams
“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
~ Casey Kasem,
a.k.a Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem,
Co-Founder – American Top 40 franchise, Disc Jockey,
Music Historian, Radio Personality, Voice Actor & Actor
“The Voice of NBC”
The voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers for Scooby-Doo franchise (1969-1997) and (2002-2009)