Reaching for a Dream

“This is for all of you out there …, reaching for a dream – don’t ever give up!
Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist
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It’s Where You’re Going

Ella Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940
Ella Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940

“It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.”
~ Ella Fitzgerald ,
Jazz Singer,
a.k.a the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella
~ Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Extreme Wealth & Responsibility

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

Creative Entrepreneurs

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs,
whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs
who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance
it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

The Size of Your Success

“The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator

Let Them Flourish!

“If you don’t let people flourish in their jobs,
why are they going to stay?”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

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Making Other People Money, Too

“The secret of my success is that I make other people money.
And, never ever, ever, ever be ashamed about trying to
earn as much as possible for yourself,
if the person you’re working with is also making money. That’s life!”
~ Simon Cowell,
Reality Television Judge, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Didn’t Do It by Missing School

“When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did.
I graduated from Yale College and Yale University
with my Master’s
and I didn’t do it by missing school.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Saturn Award (1996), Image Awards (1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2014),
Golden Globe (1994)  & Black Reel Award (2003)

Looking Within

“The hardest thing to find in life is balance –
especially the more success you have,
the more you look to the other side of the gate.
What do I need to stay grounded, in touch, in love,
connected, emotionally balanced? Look within yourself.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

The Lessons of ‘Failure’

“It’s fine to celebrate success,
yet it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.”
~ Christina Aguilera,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

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

Learning to Take Responsibility

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility
for your successes and for your failures.
You can’t go blaming others or being jealous.
Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure
is a cancerous way to live.”
~ Kevin Bacon,
Actor, Musician, Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003), Founder – SixDegrees.org,
Independent Spirit Award (2004), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996, 2010),
Golden Globe (2010), Saturn Award (2013) & Philanthropist

To Do Great Work

“I think it’s important to do great work.”
~ Kyra Sedwick,
a.k.a Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon
Actress, Producer, Satellite Awards (2005, 2006), Gracie Allen Award (2006),
Golden Globe (2007), People’s Choice Award (2009), Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009)
& Primetime Emmy Award (2010)

Business: Risks & Chances

“In business, there’s a difference between a risk and a chance.
A well-calculated risk may very well end up
as an investment in your business.
A careless chance can cause it to crumble.
And when an opportunity presents itself,
never assume it will be your last.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

First, Believe

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
~ Nikos Kazantzakis,
Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Philosopher, Playwright, Travel Writer &
Nobel Prize in Literature Nominee (9x)

Their Ideal Future

“All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

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),

Like a Chapter in Your Life’s Book

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
We can help write that story by setting goals.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

The Keys to The Doorway of Personal Excellence

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential …
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
~ Confucius,
Teacher, Editor, Politician & Philosopher

Business at a Higher Level

“Successful business owners are constantly learning new ways
to make their businesses grow and operate at a higher level.
They are reading industry blogs, listening to podcasts,
attending conferences, and taking courses.”
~ Brandon Gaille,
Marketing Podcaster, Blogmaster – The Blog Millionaire

Immediate Credibility

“Dress for immediate credibility and success will follow.”
~ Sandy Dumont, The Image Architect,
Author, Keynote Speaker, Columnist, Educator,
Founder of Impression Strategies Institute, Stylist,
Corporate, Political & Celebrity Image Consultant
& Women in Business Achievement Award (2009)