“My father was a certain kind of man –
I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers,
and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name.”
~ 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
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white.
It’s our basic human right.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Civil Rights Activist, Philanthropist,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1979), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), Grammy Legend Award (1991),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1994), Kennedy Center Honoree (1994), National Medal of Arts (1999),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005), Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame (2005),
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (2015), UK Music Hall of Fame (2005), Memphis Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Asteroid 249516 Aretha (2014), Person of the Year (2008) & Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (2019)
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ 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)
“When you read the phrase “selling your product or service,”
don’t just think in terms of the product or service your company sells,
but also your individual and intangible personal product or service: you.
And understand that you need to sell you and your ideas in order to
advance your career, gain more respect, and increase your success, influence, and income.”
~ Jay Abraham
Business Executive, Conference Speaker, Author & Founder – Abraham Group
“Let me tell you something: I salute womanhood worldwide, because women are exceptionally tough for enduring the misery of childbirth.
I’ve cleaned hogs and gutted deer, but in my experience on Earth I’ve never witnessed such a brutal event.
If men were in charge of carrying and birthing our babies, we’d have a lot fewer people on Earth,
because we’d only do it once- I can promise you that!”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star
“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)
“You can’t be the dad who takes your kid out
after your wife has said, ‘No ice cream,’
buys the ice cream, and says, ‘Don’t tell your mother.’
You teach the child to lie – and to disrespect the other parent.”
~ Howie Mandel,
Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Creator & Star – Bobby’s World,
Author, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2008) & Canada’s Walk of Fame Star (2009)
“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity
and upon respect of the one for the other.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister, Author,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,
Amistad Award – American Missionary Association (1968), Merrick-Moore-Spaulding Award (1968)
Myrtle Wreath Award – Atlanta Chapter, Hadassah (1969),
Religious Leaders Award – National Conference of Christians and Jews (1970), Continue reading “Honest Communication”→
“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables.
He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what He means.
But, in Matthew 25, He’s very, very clear.
And He delineates what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven
very, very clearly. And He says how you treat the least among us,
the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat Him.”
~ Juan Vargas,
Attorney, U.S. House of Representatives (2012–Present)
California State Senate (2010–2013),
California State Assembly (2000–2007)
“Although I have a lot of close female friends in my life,
my number one is still my mom.
Without her, I wouldn’t have the values that I have
and see the world the way that I do today.
She taught me how to appreciate and respect women.
She taught me chivalry and how to love a woman
and respect their feelings and emotions.”
“Let a woman have her place,
because as you provide foundation for her,
she provides a foundation for you.
And through that vulnerability comes strength.”
“Look, you need to treat the prospect like a buyer — treat everyone like a buyer.
One of the biggest errors made by salespeople — especially experienced salespeople —
is the supposed ability to determine who is and who isn’t a real buyer.
I don’t care what the situation they told you is— no money, no budget, they got tax problems,
and they’re not the decision maker — treat the buyer like a buyer. Treat them like they WILL buy from you.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert
“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ 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)
“Sixty-five percent of Americans don’t have the conversation with their children.
So you’re sending off boys and girls off to college, off to high school, off to wherever they go,
and nobody’s had the conversation about how to conduct themselves.
About a man telling his son how to be a man.
How to respect a woman.
How do you respect yourself?”
~ 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)
“Christmas gift suggestions:
to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service.
To all, charity. To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
“The main advice I feel I shall give to young talents, on top of always and firmly believing in their passions,
is to be humble. In our field, and not only (our field), it’s an essential value to grow professionally.”
“And I highly recommend for all the women in the world, even if they’re 71, you can never take for granted that he loves you. It’s always good to flirt with him. It’s a great sport.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)
Know Your Worth
When someone treats you like you’re just one of many options,
help them narrow their choice, by removing yourself from the equation.
Sometimes you have to try not to care, no matter how much you do.
Because, sometimes, you can mean almost nothing
to someone who means so much to you.
It’s not pride, it’s self-respect.
Don’t expect to see positive changes in your life
if you surround yourself with negative people.
Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life.
Know your value and what you have to offer,
and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.
~ Marc Chernoff,,
Personal Development Blogger & Self-Help Author
“When I say I’m going to take care of a woman,
I don’t just mean physically or sexually or romantically.
I’m going to take care of her emotionally and spiritually.
I’m going to take care of her in all ways. I take a lot of pride in that, today.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Author
& Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation