“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
“Just because you didn’t start out perfect doesn’t mean you can’t have an excellent result in the end.”
~ Debi Thomas,
Nebelhorn Trophy (1985), World Figure Skating Championships, (1986 ), Skate America (1986), Skate Canada (1988),
St. Ivel International (1988), Grand Prix International Saint Gervais (1985), U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1986, 1988),
World Professional Figure Skating Championships (1988, 1989, 1991)
“”Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world.
Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow.
So, set yourself manageable targets.”
“Never be tempted to become an imitator of another.
No one is better than you at being you. We all have something unique to give.
Do not compare yourself with anyone else. Dare to maintain your uniqueness and divine originality.
Set the standard, be an example, raise the bar—when you do, you give others permission to do the same.”
“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)
“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
“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun,
and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
~ Joe Namath,
Football Quarterback ((New York Jets (1965–1976), Los Angeles Rams (1977)),
Nightclub Owner, Talk Show Host, Advertising Spokesman,
Actor (Theater, Motion Picture, Television), Sports Broadcaster,
Pro-Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl III Champion, Super Bowl III MVP,
Pro Bowl (1972), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1974) & AFL Champion (1968)
“You are the architect and building contractor of your future. Use your thoughts as an architect uses a blueprint.
Think about every detail. An architect not only thinks about the rooms in a h
but also the types of windows, the size of closets, the location of outlets, and so on.
Nothing is too insignificant. Think big and think detailed!”
“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved
– and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses
– you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation
are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others.
When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience
the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
~ Kallam Anji Reddy,
Entrepreneur, Founder-Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF),
Padma Shri Award (2001) & Padmabhushan Award (2011)
“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
“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of
becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
~ Mark Victor Hansen
Inspirational Speaker, Author, Philanthropist, Co-Founder – Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., Covenant House of CA Visionary Philanthropist for Youth Award (2004),
Sales & Marketing Executive International’s Hall of Fame – Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award (2004) & Horatio Alger Award (2000)
“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.”
“Practicing is not only playing your instrument,
either by yourself or rehearsing with others –
it also includes imagining yourself practicing.
Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory
whether you are imagining the task or actually doing it.”
~ Yo-Yo Ma,
Cellist, Educator, Composer, Humanitarian & Grammy Award Winner(15x)
“If something is too big for your mind, it will be too big for your hand.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award
“My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’
I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk
and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought,
‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.”
~ Regis Philbin,
a.k.a. Regis Francis Xavier Philbin,
Media Personality, Actor, Author, Singer, Daytime Emmy Awards (4x),
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award (2003), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003),
Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” (2004, 2008, 2009),
National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2006), Television Hall of Fame (2006),
Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award (2010) & Disney Legends Award (2011)
“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)
& U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)
“If you’re bored with life —-
if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things —-
you don’t have enough goals.”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)
“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
“You weren’t born just to live a life and to die;
you were born to accomplish something specifically.
Matter of fact, success is making it to the end of your purpose; that is success…
Success is not just existing. Success is making it to the end of why you were born.”
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder – Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder – Myles Munroe International (MMI),
CEO & Chairman of International Third World Leaders Association,
President – International Leadership Training Institute & Author
“The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall,
of running a marathon, and of owning their own business.
The difference between the people who make it across the finish line
and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.”
“Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.”
~ Loretta Lynn,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Commercial Spokesperson, Actress,
Number 1 Albums (10), Number 1 Singles (16), Grammy Awards (3x), American Music Awards (7x), Broadcast Music Incorporated Awards (8x),
Academy of Country Music (13x), Country Music Association (8x), Music City News Awards (26x), Country Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” (1972),
Academy of Country Music “Artist of the Decade” (1970s), Country Music Hall of Fame (1988), Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1999), Continue reading “Do the Best You Can”→
“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)
“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture.
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
“I wish there were two of me and 48-hour days
so I could get everything done.
But for me, I have to not try and think that everything
has to be 100% perfect all the time
and leave room for error.
As long as my kids feel loved and a priority,
everything really is secondary.”
“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there’s nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.”
~ Cicely Tyson,
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x) Continue reading “A Mountain So High …”→
“I don’t regret what I’ve been through.
I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows.
I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’
It’s part of who I am. There’s nothing in my life that’s so ugh.”
“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)
“I’m such an advocate of youth and sports and the whole process.
I really believe that sports teaches a lot
in developing character, especially for our young women. …
Statistically, when you look at women that are the heads of major corporations
you will find that most competed in some form of athletics.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster,
Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970