Teaching: My Ultimate Obsession

“Teaching is my new love; my ultimate obsession. It has become my calling to shed light, wisdom,
and my experience on the next generation of world leaders and
I am fiercely honored to be an intricate part of their exhilarating journeys!”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

Selfie-Esteem

“As the purveyor of modeling on a massive scale, I believe that if you have a camera phone and have taken selfies
and posted them to social media, you are a model, … I want my message of Selfie-Esteem to spread around the globe.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

Thankful for the Failures

“I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time, but after some reflection.
I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.”
~ Dolly Parton,
Singer-Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Record Producer, Actress, Author,
Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Grammy Awards (8X), Grammy Nominee (46X),
Academy Award Nominee (2X), Country Music Association Awards (10X),
Academy of Country Music Awards (7X), American Music Awards (3X), &
Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award

singer, songwriter, , actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian,

Independence: A Human Endowment

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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Knowing & Loving Yourself

“People who deeply know and love themselves are not hateful towards others.” 
~ Yung Pueblo,
a.k.a. Diego Perez
Mediator, Writer, & Speaker

If Someone Doesn’t Like You

“The one thing I really learned, and learned well, in group therapy was that
you don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”
~ Rita Moreno,
a.k.a. Rosa Dolores Alverio,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award (1972), Tony Award (1975), Emmy Award (1977),
Emmy Award (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

Let the Nice Things Come Out

“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna – or
it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”
~ Barbara Walters,
Broadcast Journalist, Author,
Daytime Emmy Awards (1975, 2003, 2009)
NAACP Image Award – Best Talk Series (The View, 2009)
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award (1998)
Paul White Award, Radio Television Digital News Association (1985)

Your Own Definition of Beautiful

“Never try to be someone else’s definition of beautiful.
You have to define beautiful for yourself.’
~ Zendaya,
a.k.a. Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
,
Fashion Model, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Author

Never Be an Imitator of Another

“Never be tempted to become an imitator of another.
No one is better than you at being you. We all have something unique to give.
Do not compare yourself with anyone else. Dare to maintain your uniqueness and divine originality.
Set the standard, be an example, raise the bar—when you do, you give others permission to do the same.”
~ Dr. Cindy Trimm,
Author & Executive Life Coach

Grace & Confidence

Beauty is grace and confidence. I’ve learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.”

~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

When Envy Rises

“When you feel that envy rising up in you,
that should be your cue to intentionally bless that person;
it sort of fixes that in you.”
~ Priscilla Shirer,,
Author, Inspirational Speaker & Actress,

Glorious & Powerful

“We should all do what we can in our daily lives to remember that we are glorious and powerful.”
~ Tracee Ellis Ross,
Actress, Model, Comedian, Director & Television Host

Enhancing Everything About You

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved
– and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses
– you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation
are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Seminar Leader,
Corporate Trainer & Entrepreneur

A Brainy, Fit, Self-Respecting, Confident Guy

“I definitely think that, for a woman, the biggest turn-on is the mind.
Otherwise, obviously you want someone who
keeps up with himself and has self-respect and self-confidence.”
~ Jennifer Nettles,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician

You’re Born Worthy

“There’s no prerequisites to worthiness. You’re born worthy,
and I think that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

Be Your Own Advocate

“Be your own advocate [in] every aspect of your life.”
~ Starlet Jones,
Lawyer, Journalist, Talk Show Host, Writer, Author, Fashion Designer

I Can Do That!

“My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’
I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk
and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought,
‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.”
~ Regis Philbin,
a.k.a. Regis Francis Xavier Philbin,
Media Personality, Actor, Author, Singer, Daytime Emmy Awards (4x),
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award (2003), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003),
Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” (2004, 2008, 2009),
National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2006), Television Hall of Fame (2006),
Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award (2010) & Disney Legends Award (2011)

The Fool

“You’ve got to learn to accept the fool in you
as well as the part that’s got it goin’ on.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

Still Not Retired

“I’ve retired so many times now it’s getting to be a habit.”
“I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Never Been Particularly Aware of My Age

“I’ve never been particularly aware of my age.
It’s like being on a bicycle – I just put my foot down and keep going.”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury
,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards winner (6x), nominee (+9x),
Tony Awards winner (5x), nominee (+2x),
Emmy Awards nominee (16x) & Grammy Award winner-nominee

 

Being Dark

“It was rough being dark. I got heat from my own people more than anyone else.
I remember going to my mom and saying, ‘Why am I so black?’ And she said,
‘Because I’m black. You just gotta always work harder than the average bear.'”
~ Bernie Mac,
a.k.a. Bernard Jeffrey “Bernie” McCullough
Stand-up Comedian, Actor & Voice Actor.

If You Don’t, Then Who Will, Sweetie?

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer

Saying the Right Words

“It’s one thing to stop saying the wrong things,
but you’ve got to start saying the right things.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author & Speaker

Achieving Beyond Slothfulness

“The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.”
~ Harrison Ford,
National Association of Theatre Owner’s “Star of the Year” (1994),
Empire Magazine’s #1 of “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” (1997),
People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” (1998),
Harris Poll’s “America’s Favorite Movie Star” (1998, 1999, & 2000),
AFI Life Achievement Award (2000), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2002), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003), Jules Verne Award (2006), Saturn Awards for Best Actor (1981, 2015), Living Legends of Aviation Award (2009), Experimental Aircraft Association’s Freedom of Flight Award (2009), Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy (2010) & Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award (2013)

Something Bigger Was Waiting

“I always felt like something bigger was waiting for me out there.”
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Author

Waiting for Love

“Sometimes love takes a long time.
Wait for love and you’re gonna get the chance to love.
… When you take the chance on love, you see.
It’s not a waste of time, if you truly believe.”
~ Luther Vandross,
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Comfortable in Your Own Skin

“I have a lot of friends who say that one of the freedoms of being older is
you don’t care what other people think, which I don’t think is right.
You care what other people think, but
if you’re comfortable in your own skin, that doesn’t bother you.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Your Impression of You

“I’ve certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me.
I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was.
What someone thought about me or said about me
made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times.”
~ Robert Guillaume,
Actor: Stage, TV & Voice, Emmy Award (2X), Grammy Award (1995),
St. Louis Walk of Fame Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1984)

Writing Yourself Off?

“There are enough people in the world who are going to write you off.
You don’t need to do that to yourself.”
~ Susan Boyle,
Singer, Actress, Author, Philanthropist, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award (2009),
World Music Awards (2010), Japan Gold Disc Award (2010), Scotscare (2010),
Scottish Variety Awards (2011), Radio Forth Awards (2013), Scottish Music Awards (2013),
Philanthropist & Guinness World Records (6X)

Do You Appreciate YOU?

“You need to love your life; you have to appreciate yourself.”

~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

I Can Listen to Myself, Now

“I’m my worst critic,
and I like the fact that I can listen to myself, now,
and make fun of myself, listen, make changes –
‘Oh, man, that’s messed up. Okay, I need to work on that;
I need to work on this.'”
~ Mary J. Blige,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress,
Grammy Awards (9x), Multi-Platinum Studio Albums (8x),
Founder – Matriarch Records, Fragrance – Melodies by MJB,
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards (2x), World Music Awards Legends Award (2006)
& ASCAP Voice of Music Award (2007)

Do the Best You Can

“Do the best you can with yourself and hope for the best.”
~ Loretta Lynn,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Commercial Spokesperson, Actress,
Number 1 Albums (10), Number 1 Singles (16), Grammy Awards (3x), American Music Awards (7x), Broadcast Music Incorporated Awards (8x),
Academy of Country Music (13x), Country Music Association (8x), Music City News Awards (26x), Country Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” (1972),
Academy of Country Music “Artist of the Decade” (1970s), Country Music Hall of Fame (1988), Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1999), Continue reading “Do the Best You Can”

Be Unapologetic That We Excel

“I think we should be unapologetic that we excel –
and look beautiful while doing it.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress & Model

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

When YOU Think You’re Good

“When you think you’re good, you will play at that level.
If you doubt yourself, you will play like crap.
~ Kurt Russell,
Actor

Put Imagination to Work

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work,
and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”
~ Ken Robinson,
Educator

Not Being Perfect

“It’s been hard, but I’ve finally
come to the realization that it’s okay to not be perfect.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Realize Your Own Value

“We many times sell ourselves short,
not only in relationships
but throughout our own lives.
Hopefully, we come around at some point
and realize our own value.”
~ Jennifer Nettles,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician

When Things Aren’t Perfect

“You have to be reasonable with yourself
and not feel guilty when things aren’t perfect.”
~ Jaclyn Smith ,
Actress, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Award (1989) & Businesswoman

Her Greatest Beauty Secret

“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself.
I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything.
It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself.
I believe that a lot of how you look
is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

YOUR Inner Peace

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you.
The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you.
YOU have to give it to you.”
~ Linda Evans,
a,k,a. Linda Evanstad
Actress, Author & Golden Globe Award

Treat Them Well

“When you love someone, you treat them well.”
~ Tippi Hedren ,
Actress, Animal Rights Activist & Fashion Model

When the Best Comes Out

“You must love and care for yourself,
because that’s when the best comes out.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

Do YOU Believe in Your Abilities?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble, yet reasonable confidence
in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Walk Through the Stereotypes

“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.”
~ Forest Whitaker,
Actor, Producer, Director, Academy Award (2006), British Academy Film Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2006),
National Board of Review Award (2006), Screen Actors Guild Award (2006), Hollywood Actor of the Year Award (2006),
American Riviera Award (2007) & Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007)

This Dream is Achievable By ALL

“We need to be united,
and we all need to understand
that we’re all capable of
achieving the American dream.
And, but, that has to be something that is self-realized.
And also, to demonize someone
for achieving the American dream is unfair.”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author

Happy to Be

“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.”
“I like having my hair and face done,
but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to.
I make music to be a musician, not to be on the cover of Playboy.”
“I don’t rely on my figure to sell records.”
“Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body,
I’d still wear elegant clothes.”
“I’m really happy to be me,
and I’d like to think people like me more
because I’m happy with myself
and not because I refuse to conform to anything.”
~ Adele,
a.k.a. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Singer, Songwriter & Grammy Award (12x)

Thinking YOU CAN

“I didn’t see myself any different from my white counterparts in school.
I just didn’t! I thought I could do what they did.
And what I didn’t do well,
I thought people were going to give me the opportunity to do well,
because maybe they saw my talent,
so they would give me a chance.
I had no idea that they would see me completely different.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

An Always-Rising-To-It Person

“Clearly I am a very strong,
top-of-the-line, always-rising-to-it personage.”
~ Lark Voorhies,
Actress, Singer, Spokeswoman & Model

Never Thought of Doing Elsewise

“I was gonna write songs, I was gonna be a star
and a singer and I never thought of doing anything else.”
~ Kim Carnes,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician
Grammy Award – Record of the Year “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Composition … “Flashdance” (1983) (multiple artists)

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

Never Too Old

“You are never too old
to redefine your image
and look fabulous.”
~ Joan Collins, DBE,
Actress, Author, Columnist, Wig Designer,
Eye-Wear Designer & Creator/Founder – Timeless Beauty

The Kind of Self You’ll Be Happy With

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny,
inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
~ Golda Meir,
Teacher, Kibbutznik, Stateswoman, Politician, & Fourth Prime Minister of Israel

Comfy In My Own Skin

“I’m very comfortable in my own skin now.
I started just being myself more and more.
For women, this happens as you get older.
I loved my 40s – I thought they were fantastic.
And I’m loving my 50s.
I’m going to love everything because you’re either older or dead!”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Continue reading “Comfy In My Own Skin”

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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Wabi-Sabi Flaws & Scars

“I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, we don’t like that.
It’s great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you’re worried about.
I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

Seeing Yourself as the Hero(ine)

“I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic books.
I saw movies and I was the hero of the movie.
So, every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

Women, Like Being a Woman

“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world.”
~ Whitney Elizabeth Houston,
Singer, Actress, Producer & Model

Someone Else’s Point of View

“You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s point of view.”
~ Penelope Cruz,
Actress, Model, Philanthropist, Clothing Designer, Academy Award (2008),
Empire Award, Goya Award, BAFTA Awards, European Film Award, & Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,

Our Best, Always


“Always Do Your Best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment;
it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will
avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”
~ Don Miguel Ruiz,
Author & Teacher
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One Generation, A Single Lifetime

“There are more than eight-million millionaires in the United States today. Most of them are self-made.
They started with nothing an earned all their money within one generation.
The 10 wealthiest multi-billionaires in the US all started with nothing
and earned their money in a single lifetime”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

Laughing at Yourself

“One thing that I am proud of: I am really capable of laughing at myself.”
~ Penelope Cruz,
Actress, Model, Philanthropist, Clothing Designer, Academy Award (2008),
Empire Award, Goya Award, BAFTA Awards, European Film Award, & Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,

You Are A Treasure

“Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who and what ‘yourself’ is.
It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes,
the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes.
It’s so beyond all of those things
and it’s what gives life to everything about you.
Your own self is such a treasure.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Statements of the Creative Kind

“If your mindset is,
“I can’t.
I won’t.
It’s done.
It’s bad!
I … …”,
Stop! STOP!
You’re creating your own destiny
when you do that!”
~ Spencer Forman,
1WD.TV’s Evil Genius, Founder of LabSecrets,
Co-Founder LabZip, President of Spencer Forman Properties, Inc.,
CEO & Co-Founder of WidgetLaboratory LLC,
Founder of Hairless Dog Productions & Trial Attorney
 

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ 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)

An Ideal Competition

“I’m generally competing with the ideal I have set for myself,
and I’ve found that served me very well.”
~ Victoria Principal,
Actress, Author & Entrepreneur

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”

Your Mind: Your Friend?

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t
live between your own two ears.”
~ Laird Hamilton ,
Surfer, Co-Inventor of Tow-In Surfing,
Fashion Model & Action-Sports Model

Self-Discipline & Success

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)

Self: Respect & Disciplines

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself.
Self-respect leads to self-discipline.
When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.”
~ Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr.,
Actor, Director, Producer, Composer,
Musician, Businessman & Politician

Negativity Banished

“The old saying that “success breeds success” has something to it.
It’s that feeling of confidence that can banish negativity
and procrastination and get you going the right way.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts