The Common Things of Life

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.”
~ George Washington Carver,
Botanist and Inventor
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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

Isn’t Everyone Supposed to Be?

“There’s no chivalry in culture any more. Sometimes you meet someone who everyone says is polite
and you’re like, “Wow!”, but then it’s like, “Hang on, isn’t everyone supposed to be polite?””
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist, Continue reading “Isn’t Everyone Supposed to Be?”

As Much As We Take

“I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back.
It’s important not to focus on yourself too much.”
~ Nicole Kidman,
Actress, Film Producer & Singer

Even Better the Next Day

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“I always wanted to be someone better
the next day than I was the day before.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Walking Away

“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)

The World Around You

“Help others and give something back.
I guarantee you will discover that while public service
improves the lives and the world around you,
its greatest reward is the enrichment
and new meaning it will bring your own life.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Being You All the Time

“I’m one Pia Zadora, the same way all the time.
That’s why I’m happy. It took me a long time to get to the point
where could be myself all the time.”
~ Pia Zadora,
Singer & Actress

Humanity’s Mixes

“It’s not even about black and white anymore,
because so many people are from
mixed backgrounds and mixed ethnicities,
and it’s just a great time to be able to pull all that together.”
~ 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)

Their Ideal Future

“All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

Perpetual Thankfulness

“I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Author, Poet, Philosopher,
Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister,
Surveyor, and Historian

The Keys to The Doorway of Personal Excellence

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential …
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
~ Confucius,
Teacher, Editor, Politician & Philosopher

Fatherhood: Natural & Enriching

“Fatherhood is a very natural thing;
it’s not something that shakes up my life
but rather it enriches it.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

Gifts, Talent & Ability

“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us.
When you develop that and you believe in yourself,
you believe that you’re a person of influence, a person of purpose,
I believe you can rise up out of any situation.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Founder – Lakewood Church TV,
Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church & Author

Like a Leaf in a River

“Instead of drifting along like a leaf in a river,
understand who you are, how you come across to people,
and what kind of an impact you have on the people around you,
the community around you and the world,
so that when you go out, you can feel you have made a positive difference.”
~ Jane Fonda,
Actress, Writer, Political Activist, Fitness Entrepreneur, Academy Award (2X),
BAFTA Award (2X), American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award (2014) & Fashion Model

Manufactured Expectations

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing
their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

A Yardstick of Quality

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
~ 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)

As Much As I Do

“I never realized I could love people as much as I do now.”
~ 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”

Succeeding through Failing

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer
Academy Award (2X), BAFTA Awardee, David di Donatello Awards (2x),
Disney Legends Awardee, Drama Desk Awardee, Emmy Award (2x),
Golden Globe (5x), Golden Plate Awardee, Grammy Awards (3x),
Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awardee, Hollywood Walk of Fame Awardee,
Kennedy Center Honors Awardee, Laurel Awards (4x), People’s Choice Award,
Prince Ranier Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Award, Society of Singers Awardee, Theatre World Award,
UCLA George & Ira Gershwin Award and Women in Film Awardee

Tense Muscles, Headaches & Sore Jaws

“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you
tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth.
Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.”
~ Joan Lunden,
a.k.a. Joan Elise Blunden
,
Journalist, Author and Television Host