Life is a Gift

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive.
And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.”
~ Tony Bennett
a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
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Concentrate on the Solutions

“I think, at some level, if we concentrate on problems
as opposed to solutions, then you just create more problems.”
~ Suzanne de Passe,
Emmy Awards (2x), NAACP Image Awards, Golden Globe Award, Peabody Award, Syracuse University George Arents Award (2010),
Essence’s Hollywood Women of Power Visionary Award (2008), Savannah Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award (2008),
Black Enterprise Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers (2007),
Center for The Advancement of Women Changing the Landscape for Women Honoree (2007), Jackie Robinson Foundation Trailblazer Award (2006),
Ebony Magazine Madame C. J. Walker Award (2004), Los Angeles Urban League Whitney M. Young Award (2003),
American Women in Radio and Television Silver Satellite Award (1999),
Revlon Business Woman of the Year Award (1994), Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1990), Essence Award (1989),
Women in Film Crystal Award (1988), Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1983, 1989)

How You Wait

“Patience is not just about waiting for something…
it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

Strength from Distress

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

To Make it Through Challenges

“In life we face challenges and
oftentimes we need one another to make it through.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

Nothing Will Be Able to Defeat You

“Once you truly see that the very Spirit and power of Jesus resides on the inside of you,
NOTHING – no amount of debt, no disease, no problem of any kind –
will be able to defeat you.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Thinkers Reap the Greatest Rewards

“The people who think — the people who solve problems
or entertain or inform — in a creative fashion
are the ones who reap the greatest rewards.”
~ Anthony R. Michalski,
Publisher & Curator

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Solutions & Promises

“There is nothing that you will face for which
God has not already provided a solution or promise.”
~ IV Hilliard,
Senior Pastor & Founder – New Light Christian Center

Perceived as Potentials vs. Problems

“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems,
as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses,
as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive,
then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

Calling on the Patriotic Heritage

“And to me, that’s why the civil rights era is about the future, not about the past,
because it’s great lessons of how citizens can organize
to call on the patriotic heritage of the country
to tackle some of our most intractable problems
and we need to do that again.”
~ Taylor Branch,
Author, Historian, Public Speaker, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1991),
National Humanities Medal (1999) & Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Every Single One of Us

“I believe that every single one of us, celebrity or not,
has a responsibility to get involved in trying to make a difference in the world.
Our generation faces many challenges, some of which were passed on to us by the past generations,
but it’s up to us to find solutions today, so that we don’t keep passing our problems on.”
~ Shakira
a.k.a. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer, Philanthropist,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Pies Descalzos Foundation,
MTV Video Music Awards (5X),Grammy Awards (2X), Latin Grammy Awards (13X),
Billboard Music Awards (7X), Billboard Latin Music Awards (33X),
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (2011),
Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2012)

Problem-Creating Thinking

“We can’t solve problems
by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Nobel Prize in Physics (1921),
Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921), Copley Medal (1925),
Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926), Max Planck Medal (1929),
& Time Person of the Century (1999)

Everyone Gets 24 Hours

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.
We all have twenty-four hour days.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, & Motivational Speaker

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

Stop Signs? No, Guidelines.

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral

The Real Problem Is …

'Attitude ' Quote by Joyce Meyer

“Is your problem really your problem,
or is your ATTITUDE toward your problem the real problem?”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

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)

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”

To Build It to Sell It

“3 Tips to Build Your Company to Be Sold
1. Build a company/product that solves a real problem.
2. Figure out growth strategy
3. Be lean.
~ Chinedu Echeruo,
Founder & CEO of Gigameet,
Founder of Hopstop & Tripology,
Investment Bank Analyst & Hedge Fund Analyst

Creating Solutions

“We cannot solve our problems
with the same thinking
that we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

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