Challenges & Lessons

“Everyone has challenges and lessons to learn – we wouldn’t be who we are without them.”
~ Sean Combs,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Record Executive, Actor, Entrepreneur,
Grammy Awards (3X), MTV Video Music Awards (2X), Philanthropist,
Founder – Sean John, Founder – Daddy’s House Social Programs,
Council of Fashion Designers of America Award (2004) & NAACP Image Awards (2009),
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Dreaming Your Vision with Imagination

“Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision.
Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life
of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is
consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.”
~ Emmitt Smith,
Football Running Back, Pro-Football Hall of Fame (2010), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor,
Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII & XXX Champion, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP, Pro Bowl (1990–1995, 1998, 1999),
AP NFL Most Valuable Player (1993), Bert Bell Award (1993), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team,
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer – ESmith Legacy & Co-Owner – The Gents Place

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
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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)

Excelling & Succeeding with Demanding Enterprises

“We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities
we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.”
~ Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville,
Political Thinker & Historian

Character-Defining Moments

“Life is one strong, long string of character-defining moments.”
~ Steven Spielberg,
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Academy Awards (3x),
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1987), Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,
AFI Life Achievement Award (1995), Science Fiction Hall of Fame (2005) & Cecil B. DeMille Award (2009)

Youth & Sports

“I’m such an advocate of youth and sports and the whole process.
I really believe that sports teaches a lot
in developing character, especially for our young women. …
Statistically, when you look at women that are the heads of major corporations
you will find that most competed in some form of athletics.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster,
Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970

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