Putting America First

“In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens – to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As President of the United States, I will always put America first … We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism… I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down… and under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs … The nation-state remains the true foundation of happiness and harmony.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

If You Do Not Prepare …

“When you go to meetings or auditions and you fail to prepare,
prepare to fail. It is simple but true.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

Being Your Best

“The man who has done his level best… is a success,
even though the world may write him down a failure.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Work That You Love, Work That Fulfills You

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Experiences Beyond Your Imagination

“What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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A Foolish Thought

“Any man who believes that all men of one race are bad because
one man of that race is bad, this man is a fool.”
~ El Jefe, the Police Chief,
Bonanza TV Series Episode, ‘The Fugitive’,
performed by Frank Silvera,
Actor, Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Theater of Being & Acting Coach
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Be the Father, First

“Be a father first. Don’t put a priority on being … … … a friend with your kids first.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

The Vaccine for Violence

“Education is the vaccine for violence.”
~ Edward James Olmos,
Actor, Director, Producer, Activist, Golden Globe Award (1985),
Primetime Emmy Award (1988), ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor (4X), Saturn Award (2008) & Mary Pickford Award (2016)

Further & Further Into the Direction in Which You Start

“If you’re kind of a phony to start with, you’re going to be a bigger phony
when you make a lot of money.
And if you’re kind of mean, you can get meaner as you make money.
But if you’re generous, you get more generous.
I think money and age both tend to push you further and further
into the direction in which you start. There are exceptions to that,
but I think that’s generally true.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation

Changing Definitions

“If you keep saying two plus two equals five over and over again,
then that is what people are going to think. Maybe it does equal five if we
keep changing the definition of what’s normal and what’s right and what’s wrong.”

~ Kevin Sorbo,
Screen Actor, Voice Actor, Director & Executive Producer

No Substitutes

“There’s no substitute for a full-time dad.
Dads who are fully engaged with their kids
overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

Sneaky Sin

“Sin is SNEAKY, because sin promises to please and to satisfy,
but it only serves to enslave and to dominate.
It’s sort of like the Pandora’s Box: just get a sample and you’re hooked!”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor – Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
Author, Co-Author, Writer, Co-Owner – Bronner Brothers Manufacturing Company
Conference Speaker & Leadership Trainer

Be a Better You

” As much focus as you can have on expanding yourself and
expanding your wisdom and expanding your best qualities,
I think is the best way to create better businesses. Be a better you.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper, and Songwriter

Sometimes Life Hits You

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.
Don’t lose faith.”
~ 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)
Continue reading “Sometimes Life Hits You”

Too Much, Sooooo Much

“God loves you too much to let you miss your destiny.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Half Our Time Wishing

“Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things
we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”
~ Alexander Humphreys Woollcott,
Drama Critic, Essayist, Playwright, Editor, Actor, Raconteur & Radio Personality

Nothing Will Be Able to Defeat You

“Once you truly see that the very Spirit and power of Jesus resides on the inside of you,
NOTHING – no amount of debt, no disease, no problem of any kind –
will be able to defeat you.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Teaching Kids to Be Safe Online, Too

“My new passion is to get Internet education mandated in all schools.
We’ve got to start teaching our kids how to be safe in the 40,000 plus chat rooms
that are out there. Because they’re being had.
These sexual predators groom the kids. I know, I’ve arrested enough of them.”
~ Henry Enrique “Erik” Estrada,
Actor, Voice Actor, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Author & Activist

Is the Counsel Wise?

“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good,
until you feel as deeply in your spirit
as you think in your mind
that the counsel is wise.”
~ Joan Rivers
a.k.a Joan Alexandra Molinsky,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Television Host & Emmy Award Winner

Effective Philanthropy

“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

If You Keep ‘Em Busy, They’re Fine

“Here’s what I’ve learned about raising boys…
if you keep ’em busy, they’re fine.
You let ’em get bored,
they’ll dismantle your house board by board.”
~ Kenny Rogers,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer, Entrepreneur,
Guitarist & Fiddler

The Subtleties of Everything We Do, Think & Say

“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

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The Future of Generations to Come

“Our choices are going to determine the future for our children,
our children’s children, and their children. I take that responsibility very seriously.”
~ Maggie Q,
a.k.a. Margaret Denise Quigley
Actress, Model, Health Advocate
& Animal Rights Activist

Whatever Tomorrow Brings

“I teach my children that in life, there is no control of what tomorrow is going to bring.
There really isn’t. But in whatever it brings, we have choices, and
I’m glad because I made more right choices than wrong,
but in the wrong choices, there are lessons to be learned.”
~ Benjamin “BeBe” Winans,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Producer,
Grammy Awards (2X) & Dove Award (2010)

What You Spoke from Your Heart

“Today, you are a picture of what you spoke
from your heart in the past.”
~ Gloria Copeland,
Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Sex So Early

“I know the kind of drama that being sexually active brings to your life.
I felt that if it was good for me to take a break, it might be good for other young girls, too.
You see, I think I would be a whole different person if I hadn’t had sex so early.
Everybody was saying, ‘Do it!’ but nobody ever said, ‘You don’t have to do it’.
I think hearing that would have made a huge difference in my life.”
~ Ananda Lewis,
Television Personality, Model, Social Activist,
Journalist & Spokesperson

Jealousy Is …

“Jealousy… is a mental cancer.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

The People We Choose

“The most important decision I’ve made in business?
The choices of people I have around me.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

For Your Blessings, …

“Be true to yourself,
help others,
make each day your masterpiece,
make friendship a fine art,
drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible,
build a shelter against a rainy day,
give thanks for your blessings and
pray for guidance every day.”
~ John Wooden,
Basketball Player, UCLA Head Coach (1948–1975), Author,
Lecturer, The Sporting News “Greatest Coach of All Time” (2009)

Extreme Wealth & Responsibility

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

The Common Things of Life

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.”
~ George Washington Carver,
Botanist and Inventor

Positive Deposits in the Daily Life

You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day
by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content
and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, & Motivational Speaker

Our Blunders in History

Statue of Liberty, American flag, quote by Gloria Estefan,
“As an immigrant I appreciate, far more than the average American,
the liberties we have in this country.
Silence is a big enemy of morality.
I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, Continue reading “Our Blunders in History”

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

Use Failure Like a Stepping Stone

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.
Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes,
but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy,
or any of your time, or any of your space.”
~ Johnny Cash,
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor & Author

30% Off Top

“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

Your Body is Listening

“Your body hears everything your mind says.”
~ Naomi Judd,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Activist,
Author & Motivational Speaker

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire.
As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers.
You do have an ability to control the flames.”
~ Chaka Khan,
Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

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

Even If Everything is Lost, You’ll Survive

“Happiness, to me, is knowing that if I lose everything I will still be O.K.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist,
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2007)
Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Innocence of Kids

“Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.”
~ Tony Danza,
a.k.a Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
Actor, Television Personality,
Tap Dancer, Boxer, Teacher

A Million Dollars’ Worth of Love

“The only way to get love is to be lovable.
It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money.
You’d like to think you could write a check:
‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’
But it doesn’t work that way.
The more you give love away, the more you get.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder – Buffett Foundation

Walking Away

“Most of the time, people say negative things for a reaction,
and I can’t even bear to give them the satisfaction.
So, there’s something that I gain from feeling
like I’m the bigger person, from walking away
from a situation.”
~ Selena Gomez,
Actress, Singer, Executive Producer, Fashion Designer,
Philanthropist, ALMA Award, American Music Award,
Billboard Women in Music Award, iHeartRadio Music Award,
MTV Video Music Award, Teen Choice Awards (15x) & &Guinness World Records(9)

Love: More Than Attraction

“Love comes to everybody in many different ways.
Attraction is always the first thing, no?
But love must be more than that. It must be magic.”
~ 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

Learn Something Every Day

“Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day,
you know what I think? It’s a day lost.”
~ B. B. King,
a.k.a. Riley Benjamin King
Blues Singer, Electric Guitarist,
Songwriter, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Co-Founder – Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation

Two Primary Choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Author

A Lot of Things, A Lot of People

“I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people,
but I don’t talk about it or brag about it because that’s between God and me,
and I’m no better than anybody else in God’s sight.”
~ Peyton Williams Manning,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (1998-2015)

Be Beautiful & Brainy

“I was a little fat pudgy kid with big thick glasses,
and I was quiet and never said a word, you know –
teachers loved me, straight-A student.
Growing up in Texas, you were either pretty or smart.
Smart didn’t get you very far, because there weren’t
too many job opportunities for women.
I wondered why you couldn’t be both.
~ Morgan Fairchild
a.k.a Patsy Ann McClenny,
Actress & SAG-AFTRA Board

Protectors of Our Liberty

“Celebrate those who protect our liberty.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Our Liberty

“As government expands, liberty contracts.”
~ Ronald Reagan ,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

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All the Things Guaranteed

“Socialists can provide you shelter,
fill your belly with bacon and beans,
treat you when you’re ill;
all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave.”
~ Ronald Reagan ,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

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A Yardstick of Quality

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
~ 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)

Small Things, Good Things

“I do small things. I try to do good things every day.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

A Vote FOR Them Without Voting

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
~ George Jean Nathan,
Drama Critic & Magazine Editor

Work the Democracy

“I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work.
Of course IT doesn’t work. WE are supposed to work it.”
~ Alexander Humphreys Woollcott,
Drama Critic, Essayist, Playwright, Editor, Actor, Raconteur & Radio Personality

Making Our Voices Heard, Now

“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.
Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those
who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”
~ Walter Henry Judd,
Medical Missionary (1925-1931),
Missionary Physician (1934-1938), Orator,
U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota (1943-1963) &
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1981)

 

Will We Deny Ourselves, Now?

“Nobody will ever deny the American people the right to vote
except the American people themselves
and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Statesman & 32nd President of the United States (3.4.1933 – 4.12.1945)

To Build It to Sell It

“3 Tips to Build Your Company to Be Sold
1. Build a company/product that solves a real problem.
2. Figure out growth strategy
3. Be lean.
~ Chinedu Echeruo,
Founder & CEO of Gigameet,
Founder of Hopstop & Tripology,
Investment Bank Analyst & Hedge Fund Analyst

Virtuoso of Self

“One can have no smaller or greater
mastery than mastery of oneself.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist & Writer

To Live in Peace with One’s Self

“You have to do something in your life that is honorable
and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

~ Lawrence Harvey “Larry” Brown,
Basketball Coach (1969-Present), Basketball Hall of Fame (Coach, 2002),
NBA Title (Pistons, 2004), NBA Playoffs(8x/8 Teams), NCAA National Championship (Kansas, 1988),
ABA Championship (Oakland Oaks 1968–69), Olympic Gold Medal (1964)

I Will Never!

“If I say to myself,
“I will never succeed.
I will never make money.
I will never find a client.
Everybody I ever knew already has everything they need.
I can’t do it because … .”
If you say these things, “Guess what?”,
that’s the results you’re gonna get!
It’s just that simple.”
~ 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

Considered as An Expert

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn,
even when
he is considered an expert by others;
a loser wants to be considered an
expert by others
before he has learned enough to know
how little he knows.”
~ Sydney J. Harris,
Journalist, Author, Drama Critic, Teacher & Lecturer

It Is Speaking to Us

“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Negativity Banished

“The old saying that “success breeds success” has something to it.
It’s that feeling of confidence that can banish negativity
and procrastination and get you going the right way.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

More Than the Daily Nuggets

“The Bible is so much more than an encyclopedia of theology
or the source of a daily nugget of Spiritual wisdom.
The events and people of the Bible sparked change
that affected the entire world”
~ Dave Stotts,
Video & Media Producer, Writer & TV Series Host

The Wiser We Get

“The wiser you get, the more experience you have,
and the more you see people for who they are as human beings,
as opposed to figures you have to fight against.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)

Acumen’s Discernment

“Leaders are people who can discern the inevitable and act accordingly.
When people talk about business acumen, discernment is a big part of it.
It’s a bit like gut instinct, but a little more developed.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

Turning the Invisible

“Setting goals is the first step
in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick
,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

A Daily Discipline

“Take the pains required to become what you want to become, or
you might end up becoming something you’d rather not be.
That is, also, a daily discipline and worth considering.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

Only One?

“Never depend on single income; make an investment to create a second source.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation

Creating Solutions

“We cannot solve our problems
with the same thinking
that we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

Be a Great Spirit, Instead

“Great spirits
have always faced
violent opposition
from mediocre minds.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

Cynic or Optimist?

“Cynicism is a choice. Optimism is a better choice. ”
~ Shonda Rhimes,
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Creator & Executive Producer Grey’s Anatomy & Private Practice.

Passion: The Driving Fire

“Whether you’ve found your calling,
or if you’re still searching,
passion should be the fire
that drives your life’s work.”
~ Michael Dell,
Founder of Dell Computers

Motivate & Inspire

“I’ve never chased money.
It’s always been about what I can do
to motivate and inspire people.”
~ Tyler Perry
a.k.a Emmitt Perry Jr.
,
Actor, Author, Playwright, Producer, Director & Songwriter

Just for Validation

“Don’t solicit feedback on
your product, idea or your business
just for validation purposes.
You want to tell the people
who can help move your idea forward,
but if you’re just looking
to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife
for validation, be careful.
It can stop a lot of multi-million-dollar ideas
in their tracks in the beginning.”
~ Sara Blakely,
Founder of Spanx

Getting It at the Right Time

“I think in business, you have to learn to be patient.
Maybe I’m not very patient myself.
But I think what I’ve learned the most is
to be able to wait for something
and get it when it’s the right time.”
~ Bernard Arnault,
Founder of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Hennessy

This Treasure House

“To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn
than to the imperishable truth to be found
in this treasure house, the Bible?”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

The Feeling of Achievement

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement.
The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”
~ Ingvar Kamprad,
Founder of IKEA

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

Have Business-Fun!

“Have fun. The game is a lot more enjoyable
when you’re trying to do more than just make money.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist,
Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Involving, Fun & Creative

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun,
and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Laughable, Uproarious Goals

“If people are not laughing at your goals,
your goals are too small.”
~ Azim Premji,
Businessman & Philanthropist

Throwing in The Towel?

“The biggest mistake that people make is
they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.
Becoming a successful leader has a lot to do with
realizing how strong you are.
The human body, the human mind and
the human heart can take a lot.
Fight through bad times in business,
and you’ll be surprised you can
work through it usually.
But people give up too soon,
and they don’t realize how much more
they can put into it without giving up.”
~ Tilman J. Fertitta,
Owner, Chairman & CEO of Fertitta Entertainment
(Landry’s & Golden Nugget)

The Attitude of Choice

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms —
to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way.”
~ Viktor Emil Frankl
Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Holocaust Survivor & Author
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Friendships of the Genuine Kind

Network of genuine friends of various cultures, T. Hsieh quote,
“My advice is to stop trying to “network” in the traditional business sense,
and instead just try to build up the number and depth of your friendships,
where the friendship itself is its own reward.
The more diverse your set of friendships are,
the more likely you’ll derive both personal and business benefits
from your friendship later down the road.
You won’t know exactly what those benefits will be,
but if your friendships are genuine,
those benefits will magically appear 2-3 years later down the road.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Golden Dollars, the Real

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“We’ll never regain price stability
until we restore some form of gold backing to the dollar.”
~ Ronald Reagan ,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

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Have You Any Worthwhile Endeavors?

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“Patience and persistence are vital qualities
in the ultimate successful accomplishment
of any worthwhile endeavor.”
~ Joseph Pilates,
Author & Inventor of Pilates
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Jealousy is a Waste

“I learned very young that jealousy is a waste of energy,
and the more you think about jealousy or act upon it,
the more you create it.”
~ Eva Longoria,
Actress, Producer, Director, Activist and Businesswoman

Choices & Chances Taken

“We seal our fate with the choices we take,
yet don’t give a second thought to the chances we take.
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

You vs. Circumstances

“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Persevere to Success

“You have to persevere. You have to do it.
I have insecurities. Yet, whatever I’m insecure about I don’t dissect it,
but I’ll go after it and say, “What am I afraid of?”
I bet the average successful person can tell you
they’ve failed so much more than they’ve had success.
I’ve had far more failures than I’ve had successes.
With every commercial I’ve gotten, there were 200 I didn’t get.
You have to go after what you’re afraid of.”

~ Kevin Sorbo,
Screen Actor, Voice Actor, Director & Executive Producer

Somebody Who Knows Someone, Who Knows Someone

“I do believe in six degrees of separation.
You can always find somebody who knows someone
who knows someone who knows that person.
That kind of skill is so important in whatever profession you are in —
whether it is journalism or you’re an entrepreneur
or you’re a banker and or you’re a professor. “
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

Life is Like An Iceberg

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“Life is like an iceberg. Ninety percent is under the water, invisible to the naked eye.
The only way to understand the supernatural world is through the Bible.
I don’t know how I existed without knowing God, or living in His love 24/7,
or experiencing His peace no matter what the circumstances, or gaining His wisdom in all of life’s choices.
I can honestly say, “I now have no fear of lack, sickness, or even death.””
~ Sid Roth,
Founder – Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, Author, Talk Show Host & Telly Award (2010)

Be Very Selective

“When you get something like MTV, it’s like regular television.
You get it, and at first it’s novel and brand new
and then you watch every channel, every show.
And then you become a little more selective and more selective,
until ultimately… you wind up with a radio.”
~ David Lee Roth,
Vocalist, Songwriter, Actor & Author

Be Bouncy & Bounce Back Well

“People fail all the time.
I can even point to this book project.
The number of book proposals I’ve had out there outweighs
the number of books that I’ve actually written, by ten-fold.
For every success, there are about a dozen failures behind that.
How do you take that then into your everyday life?
What I’ve found is much of it is about attitude.
How do you bounce back?
How you bounce back is more important than the failure itself.
If you have that positive attitude — …, you are a perennial optimist as well —
it can mean such a difference to the path of your career
versus being taken down by it and wallowing in that mistake….”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
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Announcing You!

“I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy
business cards printed up to announce it, ‘Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'”
~ Count Basie
a.k.a William James Basie
,
Jazz Pianist, Organist, Bandleader, & Composer

Comfortable Inaction

“There are risks and costs to action. Yet they are far less
than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

What Kind of Legacies Are We Leaving?

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.”
~ Tavis Smiley,
Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator,
Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Reflecting What They View

“We always seem to be a bit surprised that our children are reflecting stuff that we are showing them.
I don’t know about you, but every movie that I saw when I was a kid, I emulated.
I was Haley Mills for an entire summer and had an English accent.”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author

Style-of-Life Lies

“Euphemisms persist (for some people) because lying
is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
~ Bergen Evans,
Professor of English, TV Show Host,
& George Foster Peabody Award (1957)

Black & White: Like, Dislike

“To like an individual because he’s black
is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white.”
~ Edward Estin “E.E.” Cummings,
Poet, Painter, Essayist, Author & Playwright
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