Being the Best We Can Be

“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)
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Treat Them Well

“When you love someone, you treat them well.”
~ Tippi Hedren ,
Actress, Animal Rights Activist & Fashion Model

Taking the Time to Raise Them

“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)

Even Better the Next Day

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“I always wanted to be someone better
the next day than I was the day before.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

A Matter of The Whole Package

“For me, the beauty of a person is a matter of the whole package.
You have to look at the whole thing,
not just a matter of outward appearance or whatever.
It has to do with one’s character, personality,
upbringing and so on.”
~ Gong Li,
Actress

It Shouldn’t Be an Oddity

“I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity,
and it shouldn’t be an oddity.”
~ Sandra Bullock,
Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur,
Founder – Fortis Films & Philanthropist

The Kind of Self You’ll Be Happy With

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny,
inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
~ Golda Meir,
Teacher, Kibbutznik, Stateswoman, Politician, & Fourth Prime Minister of Israel

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)

The Bud of Victory

“The bud of victory is always in the truth.”
~ Benjamin Harrison
Lawyer, Colonel of the 70th Volunteer Infantry
& President of the United States (1889-1893)

Better Than We Say

“Do what you say you’re going to do.
And try to do it a little better than you said you would.”
~ Jimmy Dean,
Singer, Television Host, Actor, Businessman.
Creator of Jimmy Dean Sausage, Actor &
Country Music Hall of Fame nominee (2010)

Of Every Relationship & Every Institution.

… a clear, meaningful purpose and compelling ethical principles evoked from all participants
should be the essence of every relationship, and every institution.”
~ Dee Ward Hock,
Founder & former CEO of Visa

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

Four Rules for Success

“I developed four rules for success in business:
Be honest, work hard, equip yourself for the job,
and control the growth of your company.”
~ Herman J. Russell,
Founder & former CEO of H. J. Russell and Company,
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

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)

The Greatest Legacy

“The greatest legacy one can pass on
to one’s children and grandchildren
is not money or other material things
accumulated in one’s life,
but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator & Author

Like the Sun

“Truth is like the sun;
you can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

Be a Great Spirit, Instead

“Great spirits
have always faced
violent opposition
from mediocre minds.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist &
Nobel Prize for Physics (1921)

The Steps, the Biologicals & the Spirituals

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working, diligently,
to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ 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).

Succeed at Home, Too!

“No amount of success can compensate for failure at home.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Sr.,
Founder & President – Bronner Brothers (1947–1993)

Good, Hard, Honest

“Work hard, be honest, and keep good company.”
~ Mr. & Mrs. Gene Bronner,
Farmer & Homemaker

The Right Answer

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Living Values

“What I’ve learned, first of all, is to live your values.
It’s easy to put words on paper. What we had to do was demonstrate our values.“
~ Mary Barra,
CEO, General Motors

Sticky Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Be Not a Part

“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