“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry
“Have you ever noticed the people who gossip the most, have the least?
Don’t they see the connection that, “You don’t have the energy to put in YOUR business
because all YOUR energy is in MINE.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker
“Soul ties: The thing that can make you hear an old-school slow jam and think of somebody you haven’t seen in years.
Soul ties: The thing that makes old people who’ve been together for years finish each other’s sentences.
Don’t you wish mama had told you when you were young that,
when you lie with someone, you lie not just with her body but also with her soul?
And whatever condition the other person’s soul is in, you are guaranteed
to take a piece with you—whether you want to or not.
Instead of being amazed at her booty, you should have focused on her mind.”
~ Kirk Franklin,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Choir Director, Author, American Music Awards (2006),
Dove Awards (16X), Grammy Awards (12X), Stellar Awards (23X) & Urban Music Awards (2009)
“Complacency is the worst. I never allow myself to be content with what I have done,
and I have always tried to instill this in everyone around me. Grow or die.
If you want to innovate, don’t focus on the results.”
~ Amancio Ortega Gaona,
Businessman, Co-Founder Inditex, Co-Founder – Zara Clothing
“Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker
“I know that if I concentrate on making other people shine, I will shine.
It is really about the other person, never about you.”
~ John Schneider,
Actor, Singer, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Children’s Miracle Network & Founder – FaithWorks Productions
“Something that helps me remain joyful when I’m facing big changes is focusing
on what I am gaining and not what I am losing.”
~ Drenda Keesee,
Speaker, Television Host, Entrepreneur, Author,
Co-Founder – Faith Life Now
“Keep the vision in front of you!
Dwell on where you’re going, not on where you’ve been!”
~ Gary Keesee,
Author, Speaker, Television Host, Entrepreneur,
President & Founder of Forward Financial Group,
Co-Founder of Faith Life Now, & Founding Pastor of Faith Life Church
“There are certain things in a family life that I think are sacred and that, as adults, we can take for granted—that time alone with your child when you’re not focused on any other individual and you’re just focused on your child. We multi-task in life but I think there are certain things and certain people that deserve that single-focus time and being with your children is one of them. I don’t think mixing dating and family fun time if you’re not in a marriage or a serious relationship is appropriate.”
~ Lauren Lake,
Lawyer, Author, Interior Designer, Real Estate Developer,
Singer, Legal-Relationship-Life Consultant, & TV Talk Show Host
“Success at anything will always come down to this:
focus and effort. And we control both.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson,
a.k.a. The Rock,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Author
& Founder – Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation
“You have to be tenacious, you have to be focused,
you have to have a real vision and be extremely passionate about it.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly –
spending quiet time alone
gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself
and create order.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”
~ LL Cool J
a.k.a. James Todd Smith ,
Rapper, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur
“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity –
the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist
““Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.
We all have twenty-four hour days.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, & Motivational Speaker
“I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back.
It’s important not to focus on yourself too much.”
~ Nicole Kidman,
Actress, Film Producer & Singer
“I was gonna write songs, I was gonna be a star
and a singer and I never thought of doing anything else.”
~ Kim Carnes,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician
Grammy Award – Record of the Year “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Composition … “Flashdance” (1983) (multiple artists)
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
~ Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Jr.,
Statesman, Author, Explorer, Soldier,
Naturalist, Reformer & 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)
“Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently.
So, choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful.
Your life is always moving toward something.”
~ Ralph Marston,
“Paying clients are all around you, all the time!.”
~ Spencer Forman,
1WD.TV’s Evil Genius, Founder of LabSecrets,
Co-Founder LabZip, President of Spencer Forman Properties, Inc.,
CEO & Co-Founder of WidgetLaboratory LLC,
Founder of Hairless Dog Productions & Trial Attorney
“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.
“I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression.
There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control.
Like, you have control over the choices you make.”
~ Taraji Penda Henson,
Actress & Singer
“There’s so much that you can get mad about.
Out of self-preservation, I focus on being grateful.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)
“I have learned that it is very possible to pursue different passions
but it is also very complicated to try and do them at one time.
I think strategic planning, time management, and focus are vital to multi-tasking.
Ultimately though, ask yourself, “What is my purpose for this life,”
and then make sure your passion and purpose align.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
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“We want you to focus on responsibility, on accountability,
and making sure that anyone who is behaving in a way that takes
your company down a path of criminal activity
be not a part of the process — and that’s something
that we’ll be taking very seriously.”
~ Loretta Lynch,
U.S. Attorney General
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
~ Doris Day
a.k.a Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff ,
Actress, Singer, Animal Rights Activist & Hotelier
“Productivity is never an accident.
It is always the result of a commitment to
excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”
~ Paul J. Meyer,
Founder of Success Motivation Institute and Leadership Management Institute,
Author, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur
“Seventeen SECONDS of focused, pleasurable visualization
is stronger than 2000 hours of working to obtain a goal.”
~ Esther Hicks,
Author & Inspirational Speaker
“If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something.
Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.”
~ Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos,
Business Magnate, Investor,
Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon.com
“It’s silly to have as one’s sole object in life
(to be) just making money, accumulating wealth.
I work because I enjoy what I’m doing,
and the fact that I make money at it– big money–is a fine-and-dandy side fact.
Money gives me just one big thing that’s really important,
and that’s the freedom of not having to worry about money.
I’m concerned about values–moral, ethical, human values–my own,
other people’s, the country’s, the world’s values.
Having money now gives me the freedom to worry(focus on)
about the things that really matter.”
~ 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)
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”
~ Robert Collier, Author
“Celebrity hits like a bomb.
So, you have to find what makes you stable in the storm.
Then, no matter what’s happening around you,
no matter what the hype or the publicity,
you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)
“Focused intensity over time, multiplied by God = Unstoppable Momentum.”
~ David L. “Dave” Ramsey III ,
Author, Radio Host and Motivational Speaker.
“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today.
As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”
~ Thomas John Watson,
Businessman, Chairman & CEO of IBM
“Always concentrate on how far you have come,
rather than how far you have left to go.
The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.”
~ Heidi Johnson,
“Too many people overvalue what they are not
and undervalue what they are.”
~ Malcolm Forbes ,
Publisher & Businessman
“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,
First Lady of the United States (March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945) & Politician
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old, … on building the new.”
“Constantly think about how you could be
doing things better and keep questioning yourself.”
~ Elon Musk,
Business Magnate, Investor & Inventor
“I BELIEVE anything is possible.
I SEE opportunity when others see impossibility.
I TAKE risks.
I KNOW that nothing is unrealistic.
I FEEL overwhelming love.
I EMBRACE my childlike wonder & curiosity.
I TAKE flying leaps into the unknown.
I CONTRIBUTE to something bigger than myself.
I BELIEVE it’s NEVER TOO LATE to START LIVING a DREAM.
I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR.“
~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN
“Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, … instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.”
~ N. Cindy Trimm,
Executive Life Coach
“Those with goals tend to succeed
because they are focused and know where they are going,
while those without goals do not.”
~ Ted Karam
“I never could have done what I have done
without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence,
without the determination to concentrate myself
on one subject at a time.”