Life’s Victories & Failures, Joys & Pains

“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
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Know Your Inner Self

“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis …,
because you know what’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now.
So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success,
because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

Construct Your Life, Construct Your Future

“Your words are building blocks of which you construct your life and future.”
~ Charles Capps,
Farmer, Land Developer, Preacher, Teacher & Author

It’s Not Like the End of the World

“Sure, I suffered a lot. But it’s not like the end of the world and
it’s not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and
I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”
~ Ben Affleck,
a.k.a. Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Actor, Director, Producer Screenwriter, Academy Awards (2X), Golden Globe Awards (3X),
BAFTA Awards (2X), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2X), Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, Co-Founder – Eastern Congo Initiative , Co-Owners –Pearl Street Films

 

Your Biggest Success in Life

“Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It’s a lot of things. It’s something you can’t be afraid of, because you’ll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Prime-time Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

You’re Famous for What?

“There are so many famous people now that are
not really gifted or talented at doing anything
other than getting made up, putting on tight dresses, acting badly, getting married.
I mean, what the hell? I don’t know where we are
going with this here in America. And we are setting a tone
for the world, because everyone looks at what we do.”
“There was a time when fame meant that you were either
someone who is really gifted in your field or you were making an impact,
or you are famous because you were a really horrible person, you know?
But now, you can become famous by eating a frog. It’s just not the same thing.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Dreaming Your Vision with Imagination

“Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision.
Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life
of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is
consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.”
~ Emmitt Smith,
Football Running Back, Pro-Football Hall of Fame (2010), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor,
Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII & XXX Champion, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP, Pro Bowl (1990–1995, 1998, 1999),
AP NFL Most Valuable Player (1993), Bert Bell Award (1993), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team,
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer – ESmith Legacy & Co-Owner – The Gents Place

Spending Too Much Time

““If you sit back & spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past,
you’re going to come up short next time.”
~ Bill Belichick,
Football Coach, Super Bowl Champion (8X), AP NFL Coach of the Year (3X),
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Control Your Future, Control Your Destiny

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of
becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”

~ Mark Victor Hansen
Inspirational Speaker, Author, Philanthropist, Co-Founder – Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., Covenant House of CA Visionary Philanthropist for Youth Award (2004),
Sales & Marketing Executive International’s Hall of Fame – Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award (2004) & Horatio Alger Award (2000)

Standing Adversity

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

Each of Us Can Always Get Better

“You can always get better. Nobody can stop you from getting better,
and nobody can stop you from trying to make something right.”
~ Roseanne Cherrie Barr,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Author, Producer, Director & Politician

We Created Our ‘Today’, Yesterday

“The seeds you are harvesting today, were planted
by the words of your mouth yesterday.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Singer, Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Snoop’s Scoop

“When I’m not longer rapping,
I want to open up an ice cream parlor
and call myself Scoop Dogg.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

We Need Quiet Time

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly –
spending quiet time alone
gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself
and create order.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

A Person Who Fails vs. A Person Who Quits

“Success can come to a person who has failed,
but it will never come to a person who quits.”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries,
& Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

Made on Purpose

“You were made on purpose for a purpose.”
~ Tony Evans,
Founder & Senior Pastor – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
Founder & President – The Urban Alternative,
Former Chaplain – Dallas Cowboys, Chaplain – Dallas Mavericks,
Radio Broadcaster – The Alternative & Television Broadcaster

Wisdom: A Gift of Ageing

“Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it.
My success was and is self-evident. I’m alive. I’ve lived.
I’ve thrived and have grown as a person. I’m now healthier than ever.
Who can argue with that?
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman & Health Spokesperson

Look Back at Life with No What-Ifs

“We should all aim to look back at life with no what-ifs
and be proud of what we’ve achieved.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Sex So Early

“I know the kind of drama that being sexually active brings to your life.
I felt that if it was good for me to take a break, it might be good for other young girls, too.
You see, I think I would be a whole different person if I hadn’t had sex so early.
Everybody was saying, ‘Do it!’ but nobody ever said, ‘You don’t have to do it’.
I think hearing that would have made a huge difference in my life.”
~ Ananda Lewis,
Television Personality, Model, Social Activist,
Journalist & Spokesperson

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

If …, You’ll End Up Having More

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

A Vision-Led Daily Schedule

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“Adhering to a daily schedule that is led by your vision
and run by your priorities is the surest path to personal freedom.”
~ Mark Ford,
Entrepreneur, Self-made Millionaire
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Embracing Your Whole Life

“You can’t embrace your whole life if you’re shut down.
I found out that I can’t just run away and shut down.
I’m losing the rest of my life doing that.”
~ Steve Perry,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer,
Journey (1977-1987 & 1995-1998)
& Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2017)

Youth & Sports

“I’m such an advocate of youth and sports and the whole process.
I really believe that sports teaches a lot
in developing character, especially for our young women. …
Statistically, when you look at women that are the heads of major corporations
you will find that most competed in some form of athletics.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster,
Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970

Valuing Life’s Important Things

“I think I value things more correctly.
I hope I look at my life in a way that makes sense.”
~ Oded Fehr,
Actor

Nice Conversations

“You have to enjoy life.
Always be surrounded by people that you like,
people who have a nice conversation.
There are so many positive things to think about.”
~ Sophia Loren
a.k.a Sofia Villani Scicolone,

Actress, Best Foreign Actress BAFTA Award winner,
Best Actress Academy Award winner, César Award winner,
Golden Ariel Award winner, and Grammy Award-winner

The Greatest Step You’ll Take

“Ask, Believe, Receive –
just three simple steps to create what you want.
However, very often the second step, believe,
can be the most difficult one.
And yet it is the greatest step you will ever take.
Believing contains no doubt.
Believing does not waiver.
Believing is absolute faith.
Believing remains steadfast
despite what is happening in the outside world.
When you master believing,
you have mastered your life.”
~ Rhonda Byrne,
Author, Television Writer & Producer

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

Moving Forward

“I’m always moving forward.”
Debbie Allen ~
a.k.a Deborrah Kaye Allen,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

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

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

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

The Optimist’s Life

“Optimists and pessimists die the same way.
They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957)
Continue reading “The Optimist’s Life”

Persistent, Unshakeable Gratitude

“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned
to be grateful, no matter what happened in my life..”

~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

One’s Perspective

“It’s your outlook on life that counts.
If you take yourself lightly and
don’t take yourself too seriously,
pretty soon you can find the humor
in our everyday lives.
And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.’
Make the most of it!”
~ Betty Marion White,
Actress, Comedian, Singer,
Author, Producer & Radio Host
born January 17, 1922 – Active, still

A Daily Discipline

“Take the pains required to become what you want to become, or
you might end up becoming something you’d rather not be.
That is, also, a daily discipline and worth considering.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

Launching Pads Are Made of the Lowest Points

“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

Made for Greatness

“Don’t settle for average. You were made for greatness.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Persevere to Success

“You have to persevere. You have to do it.
I have insecurities. Yet, whatever I’m insecure about I don’t dissect it,
but I’ll go after it and say, “What am I afraid of?”
I bet the average successful person can tell you
they’ve failed so much more than they’ve had success.
I’ve had far more failures than I’ve had successes.
With every commercial I’ve gotten, there were 200 I didn’t get.
You have to go after what you’re afraid of.”

~ Kevin Sorbo,
Screen Actor, Voice Actor, Director & Executive Producer

Life-Sides: Light & Dark

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“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it’s up to us to choose
which way we’re going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side,
it doesn’t mean you have to continue your journey that way.
You always have time to turn it around.”
~ Taraji Penda Henson,
Actress & Singer

Only-Gray Pictures

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“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.
Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak.
Try adding some bright colors to the picture
by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”
~ Allen Klein,
Author, Lecturer & a Gelotology Pioneer

Fun Being

“I make fun wherever I go…
If I go to a restaurant by myself, rest assured,
people will be talking about it.
I always have a great deal of fun being with people.
It’s part of the journey.”
~ Cloris Leachman,
Actress, Comedienne,
Emmy Awards (Primetime 8X, Daytime 1X) &
an Academy Award

There’s No Path

“There’s no path if you don’t
take a step. Otherwise, you are standing still.”
~ Deborrah Kaye Allen
a.k.a Debbie Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Your Work, Your Plan

Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher
“Plan your work for today
and every day,
then, work your plan.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher),
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970)Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)

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Better Than You

“Don’t bother just to be
better than your contemporaries
or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.”
~ William Cuthbert Faulkner,
Writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1949) recipient
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1955, 1963) recipient, &
National Book Award (1951, 1955) recipient

Every Human’s Life

“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,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

What You Feel, After

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“About morals, I know only
that what is moral
is what you feel good after and
and what is immoral
is what you feel bad after.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

Five Years Ago. Five Years Ahead.

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“Think back five years ago. Think of where you’re at today.
Think ahead five years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Actor, Author, Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation,
& Professional Wrestler

Make Optimism a Way of Life

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“One of the things I learned the hard way
was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.
Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life
can restore your faith in yourself.”
~ Lucille Désirée Ball,
Comedienne, Model,
Film and Television Actress
and Studio Executive

No Limited Thinking, Please!

“You are the architect of your own destiny;
you are the master of your own fate;
you are behind the steering wheel of your life.
There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be.
Except the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

Fall 7, Stand 8

“Fall seven times, Stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb

Persevering into Your Success

“Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, … instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.”
~ N. Cindy Trimm,
Executive Life Coach

Thinking Rich

“I always knew I was going to be rich.
I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation

Entrepreneurship’s Core

“At its core, entrepreneurship is about
taking your destiny into your own hands.”
~ Scott Gerber,
Serial Entrepreneur, Author
and Founder of Sizzle It!
Quote read at: ‘ Create a Job to Keep a Job ‘ by Romy Ribitzky

Intend Your Future, Now

“You create your future with the power of your intention.
Intention is simply the conscious act of determining your future, now.
Health, harmony in relationships, happiness, money, creativity, and love
will come to you in the future, based on your intentions now.”
~ Rhonda Byrne,
Author, Television Writer & Producer

Living One’s Heart’s Desires, Everyday

“I don’t necessarily preach my desires for my kids,
but rather I try to live them every day.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970

Great Dreams

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to Reach for the STARS to Change the world." by Harriet Tubman.
“Every great Dream begins with a Dreamer.
Always Remember, you have Within you
the Strength, the Patience, and the Passion
to Reach for the Stars to Change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman (Araminta Harriet Ross),
Abolitionist, Humanitarian, and Union Spy (American Civil War)