“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)
“I think failure is mostly when somebody doesn’t believe in themselves enough to attempt something,
if they’re too frightened or they’re too intimidated or they listen to the naysayer.
I think that really is failure—when you fail yourself.”
~ Marg Helgenberger,
Actress & Philanthropist
“You can’t help but be scrutinized;
so I might as well be doing something while I’m being scrutinized.”
~ Heather Locklear,
Actress, Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Drama (4x)
Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2x).
“What worked against you is now going to work for you.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author
“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer
” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries
“Be good to those that have betrayed you,
show mercy to those that have hurt you.
Be kind to the people that tried to hold you back.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author
“I have a lot of friends who say that one of the freedoms of being older is
you don’t care what other people think, which I don’t think is right.
You care what other people think, but
if you’re comfortable in your own skin, that doesn’t bother you.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)
“I’ve certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me.
I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was.
What someone thought about me or said about me
made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times.”
~ Robert Guillaume,
Actor: Stage, TV & Voice, Emmy Award (2X), Grammy Award (1995),
St. Louis Walk of Fame Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1984)
“There are enough people in the world who are going to write you off.
You don’t need to do that to yourself.”
~ Susan Boyle,
Singer, Actress, Author, Philanthropist, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award (2009),
World Music Awards (2010), Japan Gold Disc Award (2010), Scotscare (2010),
Scottish Variety Awards (2011), Radio Forth Awards (2013), Scottish Music Awards (2013),
Philanthropist & Guinness World Records (6X)
“… Remember, you’re an ‘eagle’; you can go up higher.
You can fly where the ‘crows’ cannot fly.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker & Author
“Creativity is putting your imagination to work,
and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”
~ Ken Robinson,
“This is for all of you out there …, reaching for a dream – don’t ever give up!
Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist
“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.”
~ Forest Whitaker,
Actor, Producer, Director, Academy Award (2006), British Academy Film Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2006),
National Board of Review Award (2006), Screen Actors Guild Award (2006), Hollywood Actor of the Year Award (2006),
American Riviera Award (2007) & Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007)
“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)
“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself,
you are certain to be in peril.”
~ Sun Tzu,
a.k.a. Sun Wu
General, Military Strategist & Philosopher
“If the pressure is getting to you, whistle in a barely audible way.
It’s the best way I know of to let go of tension.
Music gets your mind off the situation, and
the act of whistling melts the tension out of your body.”
~ Fuzzy Zoeller,
a.k.a. Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour (10x),
PGA Tour Champion (2x), Masters Tournament (1979),
US Open (1084) & Bob Jones Award (1985)
“Is your problem really your problem,
or is your ATTITUDE toward your problem the real problem?”
~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist
“You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s point of view.”
~ Penelope Cruz,
Actress, Model, Philanthropist, Clothing Designer, Academy Award (2008),
Empire Award, Goya Award, BAFTA Awards, European Film Award, & Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,
“Success is the sweetest revenge.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams ,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)
“Other people’s opinion of you
does not have to become your reality.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (JAN 3, 1977 – JAN 3, 1983)
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take
to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Entrepreneur,
Founder & CEO of The Canfield Training Group, Founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem,
& Guinness World Record – 7 New York Times Best-sellers Listed simultaneously.
“The worst resentment that anybody can have
is one you feel justified to keep.”
~ Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Actor, Academy Award (1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman)
Emmy Award (1977 miniseries Roots)
“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world,
but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director
have always faced
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)
“You’re in the midst of a war, a battle
between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams,
and the power of your true vision to create and contribute.
It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do,
and that part of you that knows, and has always known,
that we are more than our environment,
and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it,
is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author
“Never argue with stupid people; they will drag you down
to their level and then beat you with experience.”
~ Mark Twain a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens,
Author & Humorist
“Never waste a minute
thinking about people you don’t like.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower,
34th President of the United States (1953-1961),
5-Star General – United States Army,
First Supreme Commander of NATO (1951)
“If there’s anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving, go for it.
I was told, many times, to forget show-business – I had nothing going for me.
Yet, I pursued it, anyway. Voila!”
~ Isabel Sanford,
Stage, Film and Television Actress, Philanthropist, Prime-time Emmy Award (1981) Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2004),
Prime-time Emmy Award nominee (7X), Golden Globe Award nominee (5X)
“In life, we will always encounter difficult people.
Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry
“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)
“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul.
Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”
~ Diane Lane,
Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award,
New York Film Critics Circle Award & Women in Film Crystal Award
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small,
large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
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)
“I always joke about letting the haters motivate you.
Everybody has that in their life; people who doubt them or make them feel less than they are.
It just takes faith and belief in yourself, and you’ve got to dig deep into that.
That has to come from you – nobody’s going to give you that.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer, and Singer
“All I can tell you, really, is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough,
just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
~ Image via NAME HERE
“There were periods of my life
when a lot of people didn’t believe in me.
I still had faith in myself.
I really had to ask myself life questions.
Where do I see myself in five years?
Create a ladder for yourself,
and walk up the steps. Climb that ladder.”
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson ,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)
“You are more powerful than you think.
No matter what you’ve been told in the past.”
~ Vishen Lakhiani,
Entrepreneur, Education Technology Innovator,
Speaker, Investor and Philanthropist
~ Image via NAME HERE
“It doesn’t matter … if a million people
tell you what you can’t do,
or if ten million people tell you, “No.”.
If you get one “Yes.”, from God, that’s ALL you need.”
~ Tyler Perry a.k.a Emmitt Perry Jr.,
Actor, Author, Playwright, Producer, Director & Songwriter
“Throughout life people will
make you mad,
and treat you bad.
Let God deal with the things they do,
’cause hate in your heart will consume you, too.”
~ Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
a.k.a Will Smith,
Actor, Producer, Rapper, and Songwriter
“Every man’s life
ends the same way.
It is only the details
of how he lived
and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)
“One of the lessons that I grew up with
was to always stay true to yourself
and never let what somebody else says
distract you from your goals.
So, when I hear about negative and false attacks,
I really don’t invest any energy
because I know who I am.”
~ Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama,
Lawyer, Writer, &
First Lady of the United States (1.20.2009-1.20.2017)
“Take your message of equality of achievement,
take your message of economic dependency,
take your message of enslaving the entrepreneur will and spirit
of the American people, somewhere else.”
~ Allen Bernard West,
Political Commentator, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (retired)
& U.S. House of Representatives member (2011-2013)
“It was a supreme effort to fit in with that group.
I didn’t connect with them. To please was work.”
~ France Nguyen Van Nga a.k.a. France Nuyen,
Actress & Psychological Counselor
“Having been kept pretty strict in prep schools,
I guess I couldn’t cope with all the freedom at Yale.
I had a wild, wonderful time, got abysmal grades and was bounced out in my freshman year.
I then came back the following fall as a repeating freshman,
lasted until April and got bounced out again – for the same reason.”
~ Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Actor & Golden Globe Award Winner
“First they IGNORE you, then they LAUGH at you,
then they FIGHT you, then you WIN.”
~ Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,
Civil Rights Activist, Nonviolence Activist
& Leader of Indian Nationalism
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition”
~ 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)
“Fall seven times, Stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb
“As an entrepreneur you’re going to have
a lot of people tell you
that it will never work and to quit.
Stick to your vision.”
~ Evan Carmichael,
Entrepreneur & International Speaker
“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises
are responsible for
almost all the economic growth in the United States.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)
“No enterprise is more likely to succeed
than one concealed from the enemy until
it is ripe for execution.”
~ Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli,
Historian, Politician, Diplomat,
Philosopher, Humanist & Writer