“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.
But the will must be stronger than the skill.”’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)
“I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.”
~ 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
“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~ Wayne Huizenga,
Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder – AutoNation, Founder – Waste Management, Inc.,
Norman Vincent Peale Award (2008) & Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award (1992)
“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
“Society may glamorize youth and marginalize old age,
but your season of life doesn’t limit God.
But in order to have confidence that God will fulfill your dream,
you must know that it was born of His Spirit:”
~ Jentezen Franklin,
Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, & Author
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Believe in yourself, and believe that there is a loving Source –
a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star,
the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees
in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”
~ Lucinda Franks,
Writer, Journalist & Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (1971)
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.
We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
~ Wilma Rudolph,
Sprinter, Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 100 M , Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 200 M, Olympic Games Gold medal 1960 Rome,
Olympic Games Bronze Medal 1956 Melbourne, United Press International Athlete of the Year (1960),
Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year (1960 & 1961), James E. Sullivan Award (1960), Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award (1962),
National Sports Award (1993), Fraternal Order of Eagles Award, Black Sports Hall of Fame (1973), U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1974),
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1983), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2001)
Founder – Wilma Rudolph Foundation & U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)
“Do More… Do more than exist—live. Do more than hear—listen. Do more than agree—cooperate. Do more than talk—communicate. Do more than grow—bloom. Do more than spend—invest. Do more than think—create. Do more than work—excel. Do more than share—give. Do more than decide—discern. Do more than consider—commit. Do more than forgive—forget. Do more than help—serve. Do more than coexist—reconcile. Do more than sing—worship. Do more than think—plan. Do more than dream—do. Do more than see—perceive. Do more than read—apply. Do more than receive—reciprocate. Do more than choose—focus. Do more than wish—believe. Do more than advise—help. Do more than speak—impart. Do more than encourage—inspire. Do more than add—multiply. Do more than change—improve. Do more than reach—stretch. Do more than ponder—pray. Do more than just live—live for Jesus.”
“What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
What puts a smile on your face, the kind you can’t wipe off if you tried?
What fascinates you? Motivates you? Overwhelms you in the very best sense?
If you don’t know, I suggest not wasting one more single day until you find out.”
“All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act on their dreams with open eyes,
to make them possible.”
~ T. E. Lawrence,
Archaeologist, Military Officer, Diplomat & Writer
“The thing you have to be prepared for is that
other people don’t always dream your dream.”
~ Linda Ronstadt,
Grammy Awards (11X), American Music Awards (3X), Academy of Country Music Awards (2X),
Emmy Award (1989), ALMA Award, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014),
National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award (2014) & Consecutive Platinum Albums (8)
“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
“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
“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.”
“Write a beautiful story for your life, create your home surrounded by things you love.
You know what you like. It has to have a story. It has to have quality.
Most of all, it has to authentically reflect you and express your style.”
~ Lidy Baars,
Antique Dealer, Writer, Entrepreneur & CEO – French Garden House – French Antiques
“Every dream I’ve ever had in life has come true ten times over.”
~ Steve Wozniak,
Inventor, Eectronics Engineer, Programmer, Technology Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
Founder of Wings of Zeus (WoZ), Co-Founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation,
ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1979), National Medal of Technology (1985)
Fellow of the Computer History Museum (1998), National Inventors Hall of Fame (2000)
Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2001), Isaac Asimov Science Award (2011) Continue reading “Ten Times Over”→
“God will give you new pictures.
Instead of going back into your memory,
let God move you into your future
through your imagination.
Your Memory Replays Your Past;
Your Imagination Pre-plays Your Future.”
~ Michael Dean Murdock,
Author, Speaker, Pastor & Pianist
Of Pablo Picasso & his Mother:
“His mother told him at a young age,
“If you are a soldier, you will become a general,
if you are a monk, you will become the Pope.”
He, later, was quoted,
“Instead, I am a painter, and became Picasso.”
He found his gift and gave it to the world.
His life, filled with meaning and purpose,
serves as inspiration for artists, designers,
makers and philosophers around the world.”
“I proved to myself that if I believe in something and set my mind to it I could actually accomplish it.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003) Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)
“If I didn’t mould my reality then,
I’d still be in the ghetto,
where people like me are supposed to stay.
You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.”
a.k.a William James Adams,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)
“What if everyword you said were a wish to the universe?
Would you still say the same things that you did yesterday? Y
our thoughts and words echo throughout the universe.
Make sure to, only, put out ones that you want back.”
“See things as you would have them be, instead of as they are.
The great successful men of the world have used their imagination … they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, yet steadily building – steadily building.
The first principle of success is desire — knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Author, Poet, Philosopher, Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister, Surveyor, and Historian
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.
It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas,
… there are few who decide to do something about them now.
Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer (only).”
~ Nolan Key Bushnell,
Engineer, Entrepreneur & Founder
Atari, Inc. & Chuck E. Cheese Pizza-Time Theaters