Wrong Believing & Right Believing

“If we’re honest, we all have some measure of wrong believing in our lives.
If you don’t believe this, all you need to do is ask yourself,
‘Have I often felt anxious, worried, or fearful that the worst
would happen to me and my loved ones?

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression,
it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing.

Wrong believing puts people in a prison. Even though there are no physical shackles,
wrong believing causes its inmates to behave as though they were incarcerated in a
maximum-security penitentiary. What you believe is powerful.


If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor – New Creation Church

You’re Not Stuck

“You’re not stuck. You’re just committed to certain patterns of behavior because they helped you in the
past. Now those behaviors have become more harmful than helpful. The reason why you can’t move forward is because you keep applying an old formula to a new level in your life. Change the formula to get a different result.”
~ Emily Maroutian
Author, Poet & Philosopher

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

The Gentleman Dad

“My father… gave me a positive connection with men because he is a gentleman.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

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

A Foolish Thought

“Any man who believes that all men of one race are bad because
one man of that race is bad, this man is a fool.”
~ El Jefe, the Police Chief,
Bonanza TV Series Episode, ‘The Fugitive’,
performed by Frank Silvera,
Actor, Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Theater of Being & Acting Coach
~

Completely Forgiven

“Knowing that you are completely forgiven destroys the power of sin in your life.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

Don’t They See the Connection?

“Have you ever noticed the people who gossip the most, have the least?
Don’t they see the connection that, “You don’t have the energy to put in YOUR business
because all YOUR energy is in MINE.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

As You Pursue Your Riches

“Money doesn’t cover up your faults–it actually unmasks them.
Keep that in mind as you pursue your riches.”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Founder & CEO – Radiate
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

No Substitutes

“There’s no substitute for a full-time dad.
Dads who are fully engaged with their kids
overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

Sneaky Sin

“Sin is SNEAKY, because sin promises to please and to satisfy,
but it only serves to enslave and to dominate.
It’s sort of like the Pandora’s Box: just get a sample and you’re hooked!”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor – Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
Author, Co-Author, Writer, Co-Owner – Bronner Brothers Manufacturing Company
Conference Speaker & Leadership Trainer

Each of Us Can Always Get Better

“You can always get better. Nobody can stop you from getting better,
and nobody can stop you from trying to make something right.”
~ Roseanne Cherrie Barr,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Author, Producer, Director & Politician

Recognizing the Responsibility

“So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not,
I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner,
to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it’s a positive one.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

That One Thing Isn’t Their Totality

“You cannot define a person on just one thing.
You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things
that a person has done because one thing
didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Belittling the Other Parent

“Spouses get divorced; children never do. They are always going to be the child of your ex.
So, the way you treat your ex, their parent, their other parent,
is, in a sense, the way you are treating them.
So, if you can connect those two things and realize
that by belittling the other parent, you’re belittling them.”
~ Robert Beeson,
Founder – Solo Parent Society

The Ignorance of Cruelty

“Cruelty is all out of ignorance.
If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn’t hurt anybody,
because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.”
~ Willie Hugh Nelson,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Poet, Actor & Activist

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

He Gives Us Parables

“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables.
He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what He means.
But, in Matthew 25, He’s very, very clear.
And He delineates what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven
very, very clearly. And He says how you treat the least among us,
the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat Him.”
~ Juan Vargas,
Attorney, U.S. House of Representatives (2012–Present)
California State Senate (2010–2013),
California State Assembly (2000–2007)

Having Trust Instead of Jealousy

“For me, I’m not a jealous person. That’s just not my thing.
You have to have trust in your relationship.”
~ 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)

Positive Deposits in the Daily Life

You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day
by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content
and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, & Motivational Speaker

Our Blunders in History

Statue of Liberty, American flag, quote by Gloria Estefan,
“As an immigrant I appreciate, far more than the average American,
the liberties we have in this country.
Silence is a big enemy of morality.
I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, Continue reading “Our Blunders in History”

Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Behaving Like a Princess

“Behaving like a princess is work.
It’s not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown.
It’s more about how you are inside.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer

Innocence of Kids

“Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.”
~ Tony Danza,
a.k.a Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
Actor, Television Personality,
Tap Dancer, Boxer, Teacher

Even Better the Next Day

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“I always wanted to be someone better
the next day than I was the day before.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

A Million Dollars’ Worth of Love

“The only way to get love is to be lovable.
It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money.
You’d like to think you could write a check:
‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’
But it doesn’t work that way.
The more you give love away, the more you get.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder – Buffett Foundation

A Matter of The Whole Package

“For me, the beauty of a person is a matter of the whole package.
You have to look at the whole thing,
not just a matter of outward appearance or whatever.
It has to do with one’s character, personality,
upbringing and so on.”
~ Gong Li,
Actress

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)

Virtuoso of Self

“One can have no smaller or greater
mastery than mastery of oneself.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist & Writer

It Is Speaking to Us

“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Colors of the Skin

Colors of the Skin
“You think I’m an ignorant savage
And you’ve been so many places
I guess it must be so
But still I cannot see
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don’t know?
You don’t know.
… … …
You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But, if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew.”
~ Stephen Schwartz, Lyricist & Alan Menken, Composer,
Colors of the Wind song from Walt Disney Pictures’ Pocahontas (1995)

Kindness: A Lovely Quality

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“… just as important as being kind to my skin is being kind to younger women.
Kindness is a lovely quality to nurture as you get older.
It makes you feel good about yourself.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii
,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

Jealousy is a Waste

“I learned very young that jealousy is a waste of energy,
and the more you think about jealousy or act upon it,
the more you create it.”
~ Eva Longoria,
Actress, Producer, Director, Activist and Businesswoman

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Conduct & Behavior, Wherever They Go

“Sixty-five percent of Americans don’t have the conversation with their children.
So you’re sending off boys and girls off to college, off to high school, off to wherever they go,
and nobody’s had the conversation about how to conduct themselves.
About a man telling his son how to be a man.
How to respect a woman.
How do you respect yourself?”
~ 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)

Life-Sides: Light & Dark

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“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it’s up to us to choose
which way we’re going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side,
it doesn’t mean you have to continue your journey that way.
You always have time to turn it around.”
~ Taraji Penda Henson,
Actress & Singer

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

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

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

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)

Relabeling

“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)

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.

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

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)

Men of Integrity

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“But my dad also was a remarkable man,
a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Without Sticking It To …

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“My father never was and isn’t a mean man.
You know, he never was ruthless.
And he succeeded in life without sticking it to anybody.
And that’s a great example for a man, a strong man,
a man’s man, to give to his children.
You can succeed, you can be successful,
without walking over somebody.”
~ Maria Shriver,
Journalist, Activist, Author,
First Lady of California (11.17.2003–1.3.2011),
Peabody Award recipient & Emmy Award recipient (2x)
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Here I Am. This Is Me.

“I want to be a man who is truthful and
who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open
to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’
I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point
in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Author
& Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation

When the Tears Begin

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“When a child can be brought to tears,
not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offence,
he needs no chastisement.
When the tears begin to flow from
grief at one’s own conduct,
be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.”
~ Horace Mann,
Educator, College President & Politician

Judging Each Day

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap,
… by the seeds that you plant.”
~ Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson,
Novelist, Poet, Essayist & Travel Writer

Thoughts: Watch Yours

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they
become character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”
~ Unknown

Supreme Efforts

“It was a supreme effort to fit in with that group.
I didn’t connect with them. To please was work.”
~ France Nguyen Van Nga a.k.a. France Nuyen,
Actress & Psychological Counselor

Being Prepared for Unrestricted Freedom

“Having been kept pretty strict in prep schools,
I guess I couldn’t cope with all the freedom at Yale.
I had a wild, wonderful time, got abysmal grades and was bounced out in my freshman year.
I then came back the following fall as a repeating freshman,
lasted until April and got bounced out again – for the same reason.”
~ Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Actor & Golden Globe Award Winner

Ignored, Laughed At & Fought: Winners

“First they IGNORE you, then they LAUGH at you,
then they FIGHT you, then you WIN.”
~ Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,
Civil Rights Activist, Nonviolence Activist
& Leader of Indian Nationalism

Persevering into Your Success

“Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, … instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.”
~ N. Cindy Trimm,
Executive Life Coach