“The very first step toward giving to others is grateful recognition of our own assets.”
~ Nancy Brinker Founder – Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (1982) United States Ambassador-Hungary (2001–03), Lizette H. Sarnoff Volunteer Award (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University), Ladies’ Home Journal ‘s Top Ten Champions of Women’s Health Award, Ladies’ Home Journal ‘s 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, Biography Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in America, Peralta Cancer Research Institute’s Humanitarian Award (1985), Maura Award, Women Helping Women (1986), Dallas Historical Society Award (1986), Ultra Magazine’s Humanitarian Award (1987), Distinguished Women of Northwood Institute Award (1987), President’s Volunteer Action Award Citation (1987), Marie Lombardi Humanitarian Award (1988), Alpha Epsilon Phi’s National Community Service Award (1989), Gib Lewis Award for Excellence in Cancer Control (1989), Texas Women’s Hall of Fame (1989), Society of Surgical Oncology’s James Ewing Layman Award (1994), Salomon Smith Barney Extraordinary Achievement Award (1998), National Caring Award (1999), Sisters Network Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), St. Louis University Sword of Ignatius Loyola Award (2001), Centers for Disease Control Champions of Excellence Award (2001), Global Conference Institute’s Healthcare Humanitarian Award (2001), American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Special Recognition Award (2001), Toastmasters International Top Five Speakers Award (2001), Service to America Leadership Award (National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation – 2004), Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service (Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation – 2005), Research America Advocacy Award (2005) & Talk Show Host – Conversations with Nancy Brinker
“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis …,
because you know what’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now.
So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success,
because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award
“There are so many famous people now that are
not really gifted or talented at doing anything
other than getting made up, putting on tight dresses, acting badly, getting married.
I mean, what the hell? I don’t know where we are
going with this here in America. And we are setting a tone
for the world, because everyone looks at what we do.”
“There was a time when fame meant that you were either
someone who is really gifted in your field or you were making an impact,
or you are famous because you were a really horrible person, you know?
But now, you can become famous by eating a frog. It’s just not the same thing.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.
This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
“I like to see a driven kid: somebody who wants to come from the ground up.
I love to see somebody who wants to be the best they can be.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)
“Pay yourself first: With every $1 that comes in the household,
take 30% off the top, 10% could go to your investment account,
10% to your savings and %10 to a charity.
Pay yourself for your future first.
Get into a habit of doing it with every single
Dollar, Pound, Peso, Euro, whatever it is.”
~ Kim Kiyosaki,
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker & Investor
“The starting point for building great relationships
is making wise decisions about who we allow close to us.
We need people who will build us up and take us forward,
and good friends will do just that. ”
~ Brian Houston,
Executive Producer, TV Host, College President, Author & Pastor
“Ask, Believe, Receive –
just three simple steps to create what you want.
However, very often the second step, believe,
can be the most difficult one.
And yet it is the greatest step you will ever take.
Believing contains no doubt.
Believing does not waiver.
Believing is absolute faith.
Believing remains steadfast
despite what is happening in the outside world.
When you master believing,
you have mastered your life.”
~ Rhonda Byrne,
Author, Television Writer & Producer
“What I look for when I see a piece of art for the first time
is some kind of emotional, intellectual experience,
that’s a combination of both of those things
and is informed by my knowledge
and something new that I see the artist doing.”
“I learned to put 100 percent into what you’re doing.
I learned about setting goals for yourself,
knowing where you want to be and
taking small steps toward those goals.
I learned about adversity and how to get past it.”
~ Kristi Yamaguchi
a.k.a Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi,
Ladies’ Singles U.S. Olympic Champion (1992), World Champion (1991 & 1992),
U.S. Champion (1992), World Junior Pairs Skating Champion (1988),
National Pairs Skating Champion (1989 & 1990),
& U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee (2005),
Founder – Always Dream Foundation,
Designer – Tsu.ya Activewear, Author,
Asian Excellence Awards (2008), Sonja Henie Award (2008),
Thurman Munson Award, Women’s Sports Foundation Flo Hyman Award,
& Great Sports Legends Award
“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.
“If you want to begin the journey to discover your entrepreneurial passion
you, first, must analyze your own interests, strengths, weaknesses, and desires.
You must consider carefully how hard you want to work.
And, then, you must research in a serious way the job or field in which you believe you might want to work.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model
“You can play any part –
be it a rich man or a poor man,
a beggar or a thief,
the known or unknown –
once you know they are only parts,
only states of consciousness.
But if you don’t know this,
and are not willing to
give up your present state,
you will remain there,
looking at your desire
and not from it.
You can become
what you would like to be
in the twinkle of an eye
by the simple act of assumption.”
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.
If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.
If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ 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)
“Romantic involvement distracts you and can blind you to what’s really in front of you.
And what really is in front of you? You are.
You don’t even know yourself yet.
You think you know and you want to assert that you do,
now that you’re a certain age, but you don’t.
What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.
There are long-term repercussions to what you’re doing now.
Everything you do,
every thought you have,
every word you say
creates a memory that you will hold in your body.
It’s imprinted on you and
affects you in subtle ways—ways you are not always aware of.
With that in mind, be very conscious and selective.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award
“Plan your work for today
and every day,
then, work your plan.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher),Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970)Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
“Take the first step,
and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid.
The first essential is that you begin.
Once the battle is started, all that is within
and without you will come to your assistance.”
“The feeling I have when I’m with Paul is better than how I felt on cocaine.
Consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life, and it always will be.
I’ve proven to myself that I can’t have both drugs and love.
Every day, I have to make the choice again. So far, I choose love.”
“The way to get started
is to quit talking
and begin doing.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award
“You create your future with the power of your intention.
Intention is simply the conscious act of determining your future, now.
Health, harmony in relationships, happiness, money, creativity, and love
will come to you in the future, based on your intentions now.”
~ Rhonda Byrne,
Author, Television Writer & Producer
“There is no such thing as can’t, only won’t. If you’re qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can’t blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.”
“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education
is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do,
when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not;
it is the first lesson that ought to be learned;
and however early a man’s training begins,
it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”
“Success comes from taking the initiative and following up … persisting … eloquently expressing the depth of your love.
What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”
~ Anthony Robbins a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author