Sometimes Life Hits You

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.
Don’t lose faith.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of  NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
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Strength from Distress

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Courageous

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid.
Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
~ Bethany Hamilton,
Professional Surfer, Author, Courage Teen Choice Award,
ESPY Award (2004), NSSA National Helping Kids Champion (2005),
ASP World Junior Championships (2008)

A Wishbone, Backbone & Funny Bone

“To succeed in life, you need three things:
a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

Failing All the Time

“My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.
That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”
~ Mark Burnett,
Television & Film Executive Producer, Author, President – MGM Television and Digital Group,
Emmy Awards (12x), Producers Guild of America Awards (5x),
Critics’ Choice Television Awards (7x), People’s Choice Awards (6x)

Living a Life Not Planned

“What I am very, very moved and struck by is that so many people in the world
are often living a life that they hadn’t planned for themselves.
And they wake up one day and say, ‘Hang on. Who am I? Is this really me?
Is this what I really wanted?’ And also, ‘Can I change it?
Have I got the courage to change it?'”
~ Kate Winslet,
Actress, Academy Award, BAFTA Awards (3X), BIFA Award, Golden Globe Awards (4x),
Grammy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, AACTA Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3x)

Opportunities: Taking Them or Staying Afraid To

“Life opens up opportunities to you, and
you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.”
~  Jim Carrey,
Actor, Comedian, Impressionist, Screenwriter & Producer.

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist

Have This Kind of Beauty, Too

“The kind of beauty I want most is
the hard-to-get kind that comes from within –
strength, courage, dignity.”
~ Ruby Dee,
Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist, Activist,
Obie Award (1971), Drama Desk Awards(1971, 1973), Kennedy Center Honors,
Women in Film Crystal Award (1991), Emmy Award (1991), National Medal of Arts, (1995),
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000, 2008), Grammy Award (2007) & Spingarn Medal (2008)

To Live in Peace with One’s Self

“You have to do something in your life that is honorable
and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

~ Lawrence Harvey “Larry” Brown,
Basketball Coach (1969-Present), Basketball Hall of Fame (Coach, 2002),
NBA Title (Pistons, 2004), NBA Playoffs(8x/8 Teams), NCAA National Championship (Kansas, 1988),
ABA Championship (Oakland Oaks 1968–69), Olympic Gold Medal (1964)

Contagious Courage

“Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Be Bouncy & Bounce Back Well

“People fail all the time.
I can even point to this book project.
The number of book proposals I’ve had out there outweighs
the number of books that I’ve actually written, by ten-fold.
For every success, there are about a dozen failures behind that.
How do you take that then into your everyday life?
What I’ve found is much of it is about attitude.
How do you bounce back?
How you bounce back is more important than the failure itself.
If you have that positive attitude — …, you are a perennial optimist as well —
it can mean such a difference to the path of your career
versus being taken down by it and wallowing in that mistake….”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

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

In Nothing Great, Nor Small

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small,
large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

These Are the Magic Keys

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth.
Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys
to living your life with integrity.”
~ W. Clement Stone,
Businessman, Philanthropist & Author

Right-Speak, Right-Action

“Silence in the face of evil is, itself, evil. Not to speak, is to speak. Not to act, is to act. ”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Pastor, Theologian, & anti-Nazi Dissident,
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To & For Its Children

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Pastor, Theologian, & anti-Nazi Dissident,
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The Most Courageous

“One of the most courageous things you can do is
identify yourself,
know who you are,
what you believe in and
where you want to go.”
~ – Sheila Murray Bethel,
Author, Global Leadership and Change Expert,
Hall of Fame Speaker, CEO Bethel Leadership Institute

Glory & Imperfections

“There are two, basic
motivating forces:
Fear & Love.
When we are afraid,
we pull back from life.
When we are in love,
we open to all that life has to offer
with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first,
in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves,
we cannot fully open to our ability to love others
or our potential to create.
Evolution and all hopes for a better world
rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision
of people who embrace life.”
~ John Winston Lennon,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter,
Record Producer, Artist, Writer & Activist

Abundance Appears

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
~ Anthony Robbins a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author