“You didn’t come this far, to only come this far.”
~ Derek Grier,
Clergyman, Founding Pastor – Grace Church & Founder – Grace Youth Center
“The biggest bit of advice that I’ve ever received,
and something that I’ve seen and experienced, is that,
‘You can fail, and that’s OK – just keep going.
… … It’s that things can fail and absolutely will go wrong –
just keep trying, keep trying, keep trying.’”
~ Tosca Musk
Filmmaker, Executive Producer, Producer, Director & Co-Founder – Passionflix
“I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions.
I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes.
But, I promise that when I fall, I get back up.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer
“The entire time I was modeling, I was trying and failing at businesses.
In fact, we would have started our business much sooner had I been more successful.”
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”
~ Kathy Ireland
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Philanthropist, Activist,
Public Speaker, Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award (2011), Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Gala Messenger of Peace Award (2012),
California State University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador & 9-1-1 For Kids Ambassador
“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision.
Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed.
Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”
~ John C. Maxwell,
Author, Speaker & Pastor
“… there’s a larger shift in my thinking. There’s a realization that anything I want to achieve,
I can achieve, and it’s not worth giving up.”
~ Gong Li,
Hundred Flowers Award (1989), Hundred Flowers Awards (1991), Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup (1992), Golden Rooster Awards (1993),
Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (1993), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1993), Berlin International Film Festival (1993),
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1998), Golden Rooster Awards (2000), Montreal World Film Festival (2000), Hundred Flowers Awards (2000),
Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2001), Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (2001), Beijing College Student Film Festival (2003),
Cannes Film Festival Festival Trophy (2004), National Board of Review (2005), Hong Kong Film Award (2007), Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award (2007),
Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007), Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2014), Golden Deer Awards (2014) & China Film Directors’ Guild Awards (2015)
“You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams
and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them
are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.”
~ Nick Cannon
Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Director, Writer, Producer, Television Host,
Activist, Hollywood Film Festival (2006), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (2002) & NAACP Image Awards (2012)
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.
But the will must be stronger than the skill.”’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.
Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
~ 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)
Founder – Wilma Rudolph Foundation & U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)