Crises: Motivation for Innovation

“Crises provides the motivation for innovation. It is a call to change the way you do life.
The most important challenge will be to change yourself as well as to reinvent yourself in the process!
Go ahead! Make the change! Your future self will thank you!”
~ Juanita Bynum,
Singer, Author & Pastor
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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

Settling Down by the Fire & Enjoying the Christmas Tree

“It’s always a wonderful time to be able to settle down by the fire,
enjoy the Christmas tree and the decorations, and just spend time with the ones you love
and surround yourself with the people that you don’t get to see enough throughout the year.”
~ Jay DeMarcus,
Bassist, Vocalist, Pianist, Record Producer & Songwriter

When You Dream

“Music is able to make a person dream. When you dream, you dream of something good, something beautiful,
and when you dream, you always dream of yourself better than you are.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

A Sense of Humor Can Save You

“It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself
and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you.”
~ Margaret Cho,
Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author & Singer-Songwriter.

Toxicity & Cravings

“Toxicity causes nutritional deprivation – and your body then
craves more and more food, trying to get what it needs.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman & Health Spokesperson

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

The Same Neural Connections & Muscle Memory

“Practicing is not only playing your instrument,
either by yourself or rehearsing with others –
it also includes imagining yourself practicing.
Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory
whether you are imagining the task or actually doing it.”
~ Yo-Yo Ma,
Cellist, Educator, Composer, Humanitarian & Grammy Award Winner(15x)

Instinctive Feelings: Never Be Too Busy

“Never be too busy to listen to your instinctive feelings
when something feels wrong.”
~ Marie Osmond,
Singer, Actress, Doll Designer, Co-Founder – Children’s Miracle Network,
Sewing Machine Entrepreneur, Embroidery Entrepreneur & Author

Recognizing the Responsibility

“So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not,
I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner,
to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it’s a positive one.”
~ 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

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)

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

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)

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

Doing What is Right

“You know sometimes you just have to stand your ground.
You know when you KNOW that what you’re doing is … right.
Then, you have to really be true to your path and true to yourself.”
~ Gina Torres,
Actress (Television, Film & Voice) & ALMA Award (2001)

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”

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