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?”
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Eyes Opened: Injustice & Need

“I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
~ Susan Sarandon,
Actress & Activist

It’s Not ALL About Singing

“Being the Queen is not all about singing,
and being a diva is not all about singing.
It has much to do with your service to people.
And your social contributions to your community
and your civic contributions, as well.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Those Who Do the Most

“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest
are those who do the most for others.”
~ Booker T. Washington,
Educator, Author, Orator & Advisor to Presidents

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Small Things, Good Things

“I do small things. I try to do good things every day.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Making Differences

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools,
which is making a difference in our children and
ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”
~ Kimora Lee Simmons,
Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Perfumier, Author & Fashion Model

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

Using the Money

“Use the money to do the research, to do the work, to help people.
I don’t give to be thanked. I give because I want to help.”
~ 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)

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

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist

You vs. Circumstances

“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Keepers of The Joy

“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

Passion & Purpose Aligned

“I have learned that it is very possible to pursue different passions
but it is also very complicated to try and do them at one time.
I think strategic planning, time management, and focus are vital to multi-tasking.
Ultimately though, ask yourself, “What is my purpose for this life,”
and then make sure your passion and purpose align.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
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For That Chance

“If I can play a little part in the world’s healing,
and making it a better place than when I came,
then I just thank God for that chance.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

A Jackie/Jack of All Trades

“Variety is the spice of life. Honestly, I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades.
I enjoy the unpredictability that each day brings. There are days when I might enjoy one career more than the other,
but then it kind of balances itself out. I must admit though, TV is a lot of fun.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
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What Kind of Legacies Are We Leaving?

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.”
~ Tavis Smiley,
Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator,
Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist

Time, Spirit & Knowledge

“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Pay Attention to the Signs

“Surviving and thriving in the wake of my mothers loss,
I learned to believe in God. He has a plan, if you pay attention to the signs.
I am inspired by the absolute proof of miracles.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!


“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ 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)

Playing Together, Like Children

“Along the way, let’s never forget that once we were children
and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from.
Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior.
We’ve forgotten what that childlike experience was like.”
~ Guy Laliberte,
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Co-Founder Cirque du Soleil.

Accidental Productivity?

“Productivity is never an accident.
It is always the result of a commitment to
excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”
~ Paul J. Meyer,
Founder of Success Motivation Institute and Leadership Management Institute,
Author, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur