Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner
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The Lessons of ‘Failure’

“It’s fine to celebrate success,
yet it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

‘Failing’ in a Learning Posture

“We must expect to fail… yet fail in a learning posture,
determined not to repeat the mistakes,
and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.”
~ Ted Engstrom,
Founding Architect of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability,
& (Former) Head of Youth for Christ & World Vision International

Do YOU Believe in Your Abilities?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble, yet reasonable confidence
in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Learning to Take Responsibility

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility
for your successes and for your failures.
You can’t go blaming others or being jealous.
Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure
is a cancerous way to live.”
~ Kevin Bacon,
Actor, Musician, Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003), Founder – SixDegrees.org,
Independent Spirit Award (2004), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996, 2010),
Golden Globe (2010), Saturn Award (2013) & Philanthropist

So, You’re Not Afraid of Failing with Them?

“Everyone is your best friend when you are successful.
Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with
are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

The Absence of Obstacles?

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“The difference between
the Successful and the Unsuccessful
is not the Absence of Obstacles,
but the Presence of Perseverance.”
~ Chris Widener,
Author & Motivational Speaker

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Failing Into the Extraordinary

“Persistence can change failure
into extraordinary achievement.”
~ Marv Levy
a.k.a Marvin Daniel Levy,
Motivational Speaker, American & Canadian Football Coach (1973-1997),
Executive, Author, NFL Analyst & Pro Football Hall of Fame (2001)

Falling Apart, Falling Together

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

Attempting Something Great

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral

The Sweetest Satisfaction

“Success is the sweetest revenge.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams ,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)

Living Dreams

“I’ve been blessed to live my dream more than half my life,
so I want to help give that back to someone else.”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist

Persistent, Unshakeable Gratitude

“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned
to be grateful, no matter what happened in my life..”

~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Past Successes

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take
to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Entrepreneur,
Founder & CEO of The Canfield Training Group, Founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem,
& Guinness World Record – 7 New York Times Best-sellers Listed simultaneously.

Succeeding through Failing

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer
Academy Award (2X), BAFTA Awardee, David di Donatello Awards (2x),
Disney Legends Awardee, Drama Desk Awardee, Emmy Award (2x),
Golden Globe (5x), Golden Plate Awardee, Grammy Awards (3x),
Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awardee, Hollywood Walk of Fame Awardee,
Kennedy Center Honors Awardee, Laurel Awards (4x), People’s Choice Award,
Prince Ranier Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Award, Society of Singers Awardee, Theatre World Award,
UCLA George & Ira Gershwin Award and Women in Film Awardee

A New Direction

“What other people label or might try to call failure,
I have learned is just God’s way
of pointing you in a new direction.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

No Fear for Failure

You can’t let fear of failure keep you from trying.
~ Snow White,
Once Upon A Time TV Series character

Success is The Sweetest Memory

“I try to incorporate faith every day,
to not remind myself of past failures,
to learn how to forgive and to trust the future.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)