Procrastination & Laziness

“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities
I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor
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Being an Asset

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it
and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Doing Our Best, Giving Our Best

“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
So, if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur & Actress
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You’ll Always Find the Time

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“If you love what you do, then you always find the time.”
~ Heidi Klum,
Model, Television Personality, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer,
Singer, Television Producer, Author & Actress

It’s a Performance

“I’ve always enjoyed performing in smaller venues.
People can see all of me there. In large venues, audiences miss the essence of who I am.
Part of what I do is in my body language, my hands, my arms—all of that.
You miss a lot by just hearing my voice.
It’s a performance, it really is, and I love doing it.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Song Stylist, Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

What’s Really Loved?

“There’s always time for what you really love.”
~ Sheryl Lee Ralph,
Actress, Singer, Author,Activist & Independent Spirit Award (1991

Your Talent is Your Art

“Your talent is your art. It is not to be taken for granted.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

Just Hang in There Long Enough

“I think if you just hang in there long enough
and keep doing what you know is your sweet spot,
I think the world eventually catches up to you.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Create It from Your Heart

“I really create everything I do from the heart.”
~ Kenny G.,
a.k.a. Kenneth Bruce Gorelick,
Saxophonist, American Music Award (1994), Grammy Award (1994),
NAACP Image Award (1998) & Soul Train Music Awards (2x)

Unlocking the Gifts of Every Person

“The only way that we reach our full human potential is if
we’re able to unlock the gifts of every person around the world.”
~ Priscilla Chan,
Pediatrician, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist
~ Mark Zuckerberg,
Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 List (2007),
Co-Founder – Facebook, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist

Do You Love What You Do?

“Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
~ Albert Schweitzer,
Theologian, Organist, Philosopher,
Physician, Philanthropist, and Medical Missionary
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A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

Being the Best at What You Love to Do

“Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal.
How can you be the best in the world at it.
It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender.
All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.”
~ Mark Cuban,
Businessman, Investor,
Owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures

Mastering Skills Makes the Brain Happy

“Your brain finds happiness in mastering skills.
It’s been that way since you were little.
So, don’t stop mastering life as you get older.”
~ Tai Lopez,
Entrepreneur & Investor

What Comes Out is Going to Impress

“I can give you the King’s English and then I can take it to the street,
but do both or do one and don’t do one knowing only the street.
That’s going to hold you back because what comes out is going to impress people,
and it will impress them negatively.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe  & Black Reel Award

Completely Broke (Temporarily)

“When I got out of Yale Drama School,
I was completely broke.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

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)

Empowering Passions

“It is your passion that empowers you
to be able to do that thing you were created to do.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author, Talk Show Host & Filmmaker

Making Stars

“Say what you want about me, I get the job done.
That job is helping young people excel and get the most out of life
— whatever aspirations or ambitions they have.
I don’t believe in the word ‘impossible’.
I make stars; it’s what I do.”
~ Abby Lee Miller,
Creative Director, Chief Choreographer, Author &
Founder of Abby Lee Dance Company/Reign Dance Academy

Do YOU Believe in Your Abilities?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble, yet reasonable confidence
in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Happy to Be

“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.”
“I like having my hair and face done,
but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to.
I make music to be a musician, not to be on the cover of Playboy.”
“I don’t rely on my figure to sell records.”
“Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body,
I’d still wear elegant clothes.”
“I’m really happy to be me,
and I’d like to think people like me more
because I’m happy with myself
and not because I refuse to conform to anything.”
~ Adele,
a.k.a. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Singer, Songwriter & Grammy Award (12x)