“New Year… …. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written.
New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.
Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year
of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself
in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author, Philanthropist & Public Speaker
“The journey has been incredible from its beginning.”
~ 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
“Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience.
All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically,
but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air.”
“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday.
I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it,
hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents.
But, mostly, I love having family and friends gathered,
and sharing traditions.”
“The more difficult the victory,
the greater the happiness in winning.”
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013), France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),
“I am one of the lucky people in the world;
I found something I always wanted to do,
and I have enjoyed every single minute of it.”
~ John William “Johnny” Carson,
Television Host, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962-1992)
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor, Musician,
Emmy Awards (6x), the Governor’s Award recipient, Peabody Award (1985),
Television Academy Hall of Fame (1987),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) & Kennedy Center Honor (1993)
“Fast growth comes from overwhelming the smallest possible audience with a product or service that so delights that they insist that their friends and colleagues use it. And hyper-growth is a version of the same thing, except those friends and colleagues quickly become even bigger fans, and tell even more people.”
“Often, we get sidetracked when we forget about “smallest possible.”
If you make the audience you’re initially serving too big,
you will dilute the very thing you set out to make;
avoid critical mass, and compromising the magic of what you’re building.
You’ll make average stuff for average people instead of something powerful for the few.
By “smallest possible” I don’t mean, “too small.”
I mean the smallest number that, eventually,
leads to the kernel of conversation that enables you to grow.”
~ Seth Godin ,
Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer, and Public Speaker
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,
and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
~ 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)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)
“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating ’round the perfect trees.And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.”
~ Robert Lee Frost,
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry recipient,
& Congressional Gold Medal recipient,
“You have to love what you do and become completely obsessive with every aspect of your business.
If not, you will get burnt out quickly, leading to failure.
Nobody is going to care about your company more than you, so be prepared to set the bar high and work harder and longer than anyone else.
The only way you will remain sane is by enjoying every minute of it.”
~ Jonathan Long,
Founder and CEO, Market Domination Media