“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream.
You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive;
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Professor, Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, Civil Rights Activist, and Dancer
“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture.
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister
“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”
“Try to accomplish things you have always dreamt of while you can.
I know it sounds cliche, but the biggest lesson
I have learned is that life is precious; enjoy it while it lasts.”
~ Lisa Ling,
Journalist, Television Presenter & Author
“You’ll never be disappointed if you always keep an eye on uncharted territory,
where you’ll be challenged and growing and having fun.”
~ Kirstie Alley,
Actress, Comedian, Spokes-model & Founder – Organic Liason
“Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go,
and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities.
And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t know how to dream.”
~ Liza Minnelli,
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist,
American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Best Actress Academy Award,
BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello Career Award,
Grammy Award, Grammy Legen Award, Primetime Emmy Award & Tony Award
“Dreaming means ‘rehearsing’ what you see,
playing it over and over in your mind
until it becomes as real to you as your life right now.”
~ Emmitt Smith,
Athlete, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor,
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer – ESmith Legacy & Co-Owner – The Gents Place
“I don’t regret what I’ve been through.
I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows.
I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’
It’s part of who I am. There’s nothing in my life that’s so ugh.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer
“This is for all of you out there …, reaching for a dream – don’t ever give up!
Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist
“People in love look into each other’s souls,
and it is that feeling that I try to capture when I sing.
I listen to the people.
That was a big reason for my life, maybe the main reason,
I’m singing because I love it when people say to me,
‘Thank you.’ I thank them. It’s a marriage.”
~ Julio Iglesias,
a.k.a. Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
Singer, Songwriter, Guinness Record (3x),
2600+ Certified Gold and Platinum Albums,
Grammy Award, Latin Grammy, World Music Award,
Billboard Awards, Silver Gull, ASCAP,
American Music Award & Lo Nuestro Awards
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)
“Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan.”
~ Author Unknown,
“It’s God’s will that you live a life filled with dreams;
a life filled with ‘calling’ and ‘purpose’. Our life should be
bursting at the dreams. Dreams are God’s GPS System,
giving us hints of God’s Kingdom AND His will in Heaven and here, on Earth.
~ Phil Munsey,
Chairman of Champions Network of Churches, Pastor & Author
“Corporate America was hurling offers at her.
Thinking even bigger, wanting even more,
she had dreams of starting a Martha Stewart magazine
and starring in her own regularly-scheduled
Martha Stewart television show.
Martha saw herself as
Betty Crocker, Julia Child, Miss Manners,
Emily Post, and Rupert Murdoch
all rolled into one juicy pie.”
~ Jerry Oppenheimer,
Author, Biographer, Journalist, Investigative Reporter,
Television News Producer & Documentary Producer.
“From my mother I learned
the value of prayer,
how to have dreams
believe I could make them come true.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)
“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is
characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence,
and a belief in our right and our responsibility
to be equal members of society.”
~ Janet Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress & Author
“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
~ Casey Kasem,
a.k.a Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem,
Co-Founder – American Top 40 franchise, Disc Jockey,
Music Historian, Radio Personality, Voice Actor & Actor
“The Voice of NBC”
The voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers for Scooby-Doo franchise (1969-1997) and (2002-2009)
“I think when you move past your fear
and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly,
you become free.”
~ LL Cool J
a.k.a. James Todd Smith ,
Rapper, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur
“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.”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author
“Any excuse to live in New York and do art
has to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world.”
~ Tommy Chong,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director, Activist & Musician
“All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach
“To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor,
to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.
The money is the gravy.”
~ Bette Davis,
Film, Television & Theater Actress
“Many people worry so much about managing their careers,
but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES.
I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be.
The rest will work itself out.”
~ Reese Witherspoon,
Actress, Producer & Philanthropist
“I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic books.
I saw movies and I was the hero of the movie.
So, every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor