Being an Asset

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it
and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award
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Doing Our Best, Giving Our Best

“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
So, if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur & Actress
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Your Talent is Your Art

“Your talent is your art. It is not to be taken for granted.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

Effective Philanthropy

“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity –
the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

Unlocking the Gifts of Every Person

“The only way that we reach our full human potential is if
we’re able to unlock the gifts of every person around the world.”
~ Priscilla Chan,
Pediatrician, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist
~ Mark Zuckerberg,
Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 List (2007),
Co-Founder – Facebook, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist

A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

Your Employees, Advisors & Partners

“Seek out and hire employees who are
brimming with talent, energy, integrity, optimism and generosity.
Search for advisors and partners who
compliment your skills and understand your ideals.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Being the Best at What You Love to Do

“Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal.
How can you be the best in the world at it.
It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender.
All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.”
~ Mark Cuban,
Businessman, Investor,
Owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures

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

Mastering Skills Makes the Brain Happy

“Your brain finds happiness in mastering skills.
It’s been that way since you were little.
So, don’t stop mastering life as you get older.”
~ Tai Lopez,
Entrepreneur & Investor

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

Love of What You Do

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice
and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)