“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems,
as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses,
as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive,
then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”
~ 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)
“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.”
“I always say to people when I have the chance to talk to them
about Orphan’s Promise: we can’t change them all,
but we can speak to the ones who cross our paths.
We can make a difference.
You can’t just sit down because you can’t fix the whole problem.
You gotta do what you can with what’s in front of you.”
~ Terry Meeuwsen,
Author, Singer, Co-Host – CBN 700 Club,
Miss America (1973) & Director – Orphan’s Promise
“We need to be united,
and we all need to understand
that we’re all capable of
achieving the American dream.
And, but, that has to be something that is self-realized.
And also, to demonize someone
for achieving the American dream is unfair.”
“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV
“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”
~ 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
“Entrepreneurship is natural and normal for most people.
You have within you, right now, the talents and abilities that you need to start
and build a successful business, to take complete control over your life, and achieve financial freedom.
You just need to learn how.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Business Coach
“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
“A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur,
asked me a question sometime ago, he said,
‘When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?’
I think it’s a great question.
I’ll tell you, in my life
I’ve never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler,
because in our community,
it would be viewed as shameful
to be out on the street begging..”
“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education
is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do,
when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not;
it is the first lesson that ought to be learned;
and however early a man’s training begins,
it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”