A Mindset Shift

“A shift in mindset can change your entire future.”
~ Than Merrill
Businessman, Television Personality, Co-Founder – CT Homes, LLC & Co-Owner – FortuneBuilders Inc.
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Happy Attitudes

“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind.
Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Don’t Be Small-Minded

“Only small-minded people get jealous.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

Just As Noteworthy

“There’s so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood.
I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and​ doing the right thing as a father.
​”How come that’s not as noteworthy?””
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

The Inspiring Dad

“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
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My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

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

Pushing Pushy Thoughts

“Sometimes our thoughts try to push us around.
It’s time we start pushing our thoughts around.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

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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Everyone Has Highs & Lows

“Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from,
but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders,
saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day!’.”
~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

Victorious Thinking

“Victory starts in your thinking. You can’t think the same way and expect different results.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Don’t You Wish Mama Told You?

“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)

Thought About Retiring

“Sure, I’ve thought about retiring, but in my mind,
if you can’t sing the song anymore, change the song and sing a different one!”
~ Johnny Mathis,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author, Philanthropist, Grammy Hall of Fame (3X), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003),
Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2007), Great American Songbook Hall of Fame (2014),
Founder – Jon Mat Records, Inc., Founder – Global Records, Inc. Founder – Rojon Productions, Inc.,
San Francisco State University Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree (2017)

You’re Born Worthy

“There’s no prerequisites to worthiness. You’re born worthy,
and I think that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

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

Think It’s Too Big for Yours?

“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

Strength from Distress

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

Never Been Particularly Aware of My Age

“I’ve never been particularly aware of my age.
It’s like being on a bicycle – I just put my foot down and keep going.”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury
,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards winner (6x), nominee (+9x),
Tony Awards winner (5x), nominee (+2x),
Emmy Awards nominee (16x) & Grammy Award winner-nominee

 

The Heart’s Desires & Undesired Thoughts

“Take a thought, GIVE IT time. Take a thought, give it TIME.”
Yet:
“Any thought you don’t want to manifest into your life, don’t speak it.
Don’t speak it. Don’t SPEAK it. DON’T speak it.
A thought unspoken will die unborn.”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor, Word of Faith Worship Center & Author

The Possibilities in My Future

 

“I’m grateful for all of my friends,
my family and the life that I have,
and the possibilities in my future.”
~ Raquel Welch,
Actress, Singer, Author & Golden Globe Award (1974)

An Appreciation for the Downs & the Ups

“I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
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Something Bigger Was Waiting

“I always felt like something bigger was waiting for me out there.”
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Author

The World’s Richest Prizes

“The world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers.
Matter is powerless, passive, inert. Mind is force, energy, power.
Mind shapes and controls matter.
Every form which matter takes
is but the expression of some pre-existing thought.”
~ Charles F. Haanel,
Author, Philosopher & Businessman

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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Some of the Most Beautiful Parts of Life

While single, I couldn’t believe “how much people would judge a woman’s worth
or judge how successful she is based on whether or not she’s married.
And I’m not slamming marriage — marriage and family are some of the most beautiful parts of my life.
But everybody meets their own person in their own time,
and I don’t think a woman should be looked at like,
‘Oh, you’re still not married?’ Why do people still think that way?!”
~ Holly Madison
Model, Showgirl, Television Personality & Author

One Step Closer to the Dream

“Every setback means you’re one step closer
to seeing the dream come to pass.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker & Author

Nurturing One’s Spirit

“I certainly believe that being in contact with one’s spirit
and nurturing one’s spirit is as important as nurturing one’s body and mind.
We are three dimensional beings: body, mind, spirit.”
~ Laurence Fishburne,
Actor, Producer, Playwright, Screenwriter,
Film Director, Tony Award (1992), Emmy Award (2X), Black Movie Award (2006)
NAACP Image Award (3X), NAACP Theatre Awards (2X) &
Theatre World Awards (1992)

Longer-Lived Than the Academy

“I just realized something, I’m older than the Academy,
plus 4 months, maybe 5.
I’m very proud of that.
Just keep moving!”
~ Eva Marie Saint,
Academy Award (1954), Primetime Emmy Award (1990),
Golden Boot Awards (2007), Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2X),
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (1999),
Savannah Film and Video Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (2000),
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – King Vidor Memorial Award (2004),
& 2nd Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards – Best Female Vocal Performance (2012),

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

Another One When I’m 80!

“I have a feeling, when I’m 80 years old,
I’m going to get a phone call: There’s going to be another ‘Rocky’.”
~ Talia Shire,
Actress

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

Seeing What You Do Have

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have –
you unlock blessings to flow in your life.”

~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host

A Mountain So High …

“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 …”

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Embracing Your Whole Life

“You can’t embrace your whole life if you’re shut down.
I found out that I can’t just run away and shut down.
I’m losing the rest of my life doing that.”
~ Steve Perry,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer,
Journey (1977-1987 & 1995-1998)
& Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2017)

Her Greatest Beauty Secret

“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself.
I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything.
It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself.
I believe that a lot of how you look
is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

What You Have: Left or Lost

“Always look at what you have left.
Never look at what you have lost.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral

Life is Worth Living

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“I woke up and realized life is great
and people are awesome
and life is worth living.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

A Happier State of Mine

“To be interested in the changing seasons is . . .
a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
~ George Santayana,
a.k.a. Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás,
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet & Novelist

Attitudes

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Your Body is Listening

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

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist

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)

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)

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

Valuing Life’s Important Things

“I think I value things more correctly.
I hope I look at my life in a way that makes sense.”
~ Oded Fehr,
Actor

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

Make or Break Your World

“Thoughts have power; thoughts are energy.
And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist

Being a Black Being

“I love being black in America, and
especially being black in Hollywood.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

As Old As You Think

“Age is just a state of mind,
you are as old as you think you are.
You have to count your blessings and be happy.”
~ Abhishek Bachchan,
Actor, Producer & Singer

Seeing No Dividing Lines

“I guess I just don’t see America as separate from Vietnam or Ethiopia.
This mentality of ‘our team’s better than yours’ – it’s a high school idea.
My kids don’t see those dividing lines, and I don’t want to either.”
~ Brad Pitt,
Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Comfy In My Own Skin

“I’m very comfortable in my own skin now.
I started just being myself more and more.
For women, this happens as you get older.
I loved my 40s – I thought they were fantastic.
And I’m loving my 50s.
I’m going to love everything because you’re either older or dead!”
~ 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)
Continue reading “Comfy In My Own Skin”

Wabi-Sabi Flaws & Scars

“I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, we don’t like that.
It’s great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you’re worried about.
I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

A History of Victory

“I am not a victim. No matter what I have been through,
I’m still here. I have a history of victory.”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author & Speaker

The Comfy Life of Rules

“Somehow people get very nervous about leaving the comfortable life of rules behind,
and never take the chance to develop their own internal voice, to listen to their own consciousness.”
~ Michael Masser,
Stockbroker, Composer & Song-writer

Like They Will Buy

“Look, you need to treat the prospect like a buyer — treat everyone like a buyer.
One of the biggest errors made by salespeople — especially experienced salespeople —
is the supposed ability to determine who is and who isn’t a real buyer.
I don’t care what the situation they told you is— no money, no budget, they got tax problems,
and they’re not the decision maker — treat the buyer like a buyer. Treat them like they WILL buy from you.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

When You Overcome

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

The Optimist’s Life

“Optimists and pessimists die the same way.
They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957)
Continue reading “The Optimist’s Life”

Ten Times Over

“Every dream I’ve ever had in life has come true ten times over.”
~ Steve Wozniak,
Inventor, Eectronics Engineer, Programmer, Technology Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
Founder of Wings of Zeus (WoZ), Co-Founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation,
ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1979), National Medal of Technology (1985)
Fellow of the Computer History Museum (1998), National Inventors Hall of Fame (2000)
Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2001), Isaac Asimov Science Award (2011)
Continue reading “Ten Times Over”

Your Victorious Life

“A victorious life begins in your mind.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Statements of the Creative Kind

“If your mindset is,
“I can’t.
I won’t.
It’s done.
It’s bad!
I … …”,
Stop! STOP!
You’re creating your own destiny
when you do that!”
~ 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
 

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ 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)

Our Challenges’ Discoveries

“Challenges make you discover things
about yourself that you never really knew.”
~ 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)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Our Challenges’ Discoveries”

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

The Gradual Result

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Your Mind: Your Friend?

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t
live between your own two ears.”
~ Laird Hamilton ,
Surfer, Co-Inventor of Tow-In Surfing,
Fashion Model & Action-Sports Model

Mental vs Physical Ability

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability,
it was my mental ability.”
~ Bruce Jenner,
Olympic Gold Medalist Decathlete & Actor

Lofty Goals

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

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