Entrepreneurs’ Pioneering Ideas

“Pioneering a new idea in the presence of industry giants can be a daunting prospect, but by questioning the accepted standard successful startups … have redefined whole industries.”
~ Gang “Tony” Li
Founder & CEO of SpeedX
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The Jackie Robinson of Modeling

“I propose the “Beverly Johnson Rule” for Condé Nast, similar to the Rooney Rule in the NFL that mandates that a diverse set of candidates must be interviewed for any open coaching and front office position. The “Beverly Johnson Rule” would require at least two black professionals to be meaningfully interviewed for influential positions. This rule would be especially relevant to boards of directors, C-suite executives, top editorial positions and other influential roles. I also invite chief executives of companies in the fashion, beauty and media industries to adopt this rule.

“Whitney (Ruth Whitney, Editor-in-Chief – Glamour (1967 – 1998)) declared I was “the Jackie Robinson of modeling.” Forty-six years after my Vogue cover, I want to move from being an icon to an iconoclast and continue fighting the racism and exclusion that have been an ugly part of the beauty business for far too long.”

~ Beverly Johnson
Supermodel, Actress, Businesswoman & Author
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Trying & Failing at Business

“The entire time I was modeling, I was trying and failing at businesses.
In fact, we would have started our business much sooner had I been more successful.”
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”
~ Kathy Ireland
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Philanthropist, Activist,
Public Speaker, Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award (2011), Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Gala Messenger of Peace Award (2012),
California State University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador & 9-1-1 For Kids Ambassador
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The Details of Your Business

“If you don’t understand the details of your business, you are going to fail.”
~ Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos,
Business Magnate, Investor,
Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon.com

In Socialism, We’d Be Rich & Poorer, or 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.

All the Things I Love

“All the things I love is what my business is all about.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Doing Our Best, Giving Our Best

“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
So, if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur & Actress
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Be a Better You

” As much focus as you can have on expanding yourself and
expanding your wisdom and expanding your best qualities,
I think is the best way to create better businesses. Be a better you.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper, and Songwriter

Snoop’s Scoop

“When I’m not longer rapping,
I want to open up an ice cream parlor
and call myself Scoop Dogg.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

The People We Choose

“The most important decision I’ve made in business?
The choices of people I have around me.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

Let’s Have a Sunny Life, Instead

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Good Service vs. Platinum Service

” What’s the difference between ‘Good Service’ and ‘Platinum Service’? ‘Good’ is the enemy of ‘Great’.
So, ‘GOOD’ – that dog won’t hunt, anymore; it is about being ‘PLATINUM’!
See, … when I understand to see my Customers as my Guests, I don’t rush to serve them.
I stop looking at them through the lens of ‘Transaction’
and I see them through the lens of ‘Transformation’.
So, net-net takeaway: stop ‘Selling’ and start ‘Connecting’,
because when you ‘Sell’ that’s a ‘Transaction’.
When you ‘Connect’ that’s a ‘Relationship’! ”
~ Simon T. Bailey,
Executive Advisor, Author, Entrepreneur, Keynote & Hall of Fame Speaker,
Founder – Brilliance Institute & CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, Inc.

Family & Business

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award

To Do Great Work

“I think it’s important to do great work.”
~ Kyra Sedwick,
a.k.a Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon
Actress, Producer, Satellite Awards (2005, 2006), Gracie Allen Award (2006),
Golden Globe (2007), People’s Choice Award (2009), Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009)
& Primetime Emmy Award (2010)

From a Place of Service

“People need to know who you are.
They need to know what you offer and you need to ask them to buy.
If you’re uncomfortable with self-promotion, ask yourself
what’s in it for the potential customer or client.
Come from a place of service, and you will start to see
your promotions as an avenue to help people who need what you have.”
~ Jenn Scalia,
Business Mentor & Visibility Strategist

Investing in Your Brand

“Most people don’t understand the value of investing in your brand
and your own development. When you’re starting out, it seems like you need to cut corners
and keep things cheap, but I’ve never regretted investing in myself, my skills, or my brand,
no matter how tight things were.”
~ Lewis Howes,
Author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Speaker & Podcaster

Business at a Higher Level

“Successful business owners are constantly learning new ways
to make their businesses grow and operate at a higher level.
They are reading industry blogs, listening to podcasts,
attending conferences, and taking courses.”
~ Brandon Gaille,
Marketing Podcaster, Blogmaster – The Blog Millionaire

Like They Will Buy

“Look, you need to treat the prospect like a buyer — treat everyone like a buyer.
One of the biggest errors made by salespeople — especially experienced salespeople —
is the supposed ability to determine who is and who isn’t a real buyer.
I don’t care what the situation they told you is— no money, no budget, they got tax problems,
and they’re not the decision maker — treat the buyer like a buyer. Treat them like they WILL buy from you.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

Success Involves Liking

Maya Angelou, Poet
“ Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it..”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, and Professor