Reaching for a Dream

“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
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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

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)

Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

Do What We Can Do for Our Country

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

The Size of Your Success

“The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator

An Ending Better Than the Start

“Now is not the time to give up!
The end is going to be better than the beginning.”
~ Joni Lamb,
Singer, Co-Founder & Vice-President – The Daystar Television Network
Co-Host – Marcus & Joni

Training To Live Life As a Champion

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

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

We CAN Make Our Dreams Come True

“From my mother I learned
the value of prayer,
how to have dreams
and
believe I could make them come true.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

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

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.”
~ Christina Aguilera,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Wholeheartedly

“I think when you move past your fear
and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly,
you become free.”
~ LL Cool J
a.k.a. James Todd Smith
,
Rapper, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur

Never Thought of Doing Elsewise

“I was gonna write songs, I was gonna be a star
and a singer and I never thought of doing anything else.”
~ Kim Carnes,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician
Grammy Award – Record of the Year “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Composition … “Flashdance” (1983) (multiple artists)

Love of What You Do

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice
and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

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

A Sweet, Refreshing Gang

“When life gives you lemons, find someone that life gave sugar to.
Then, find someone who life gave water to. Then be a gang … a sweet refreshing gang.”

~ Amanda Swafford,
Model, America’s Next Top Model

Financial Fitness

“No one’s ever achieved financial fitness
with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host

The Absence of Obstacles?

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“The difference between
the Successful and the Unsuccessful
is not the Absence of Obstacles,
but the Presence of Perseverance.”
~ Chris Widener,
Author & Motivational Speaker

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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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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)

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)

That Faith, Ever Since

“I committed my life to Christ, and that faith
has been most important to me ever since.”
~ Peyton Williams Manning,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (1998-2015)