The Ultimate of Being Successful

“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.”
~ Leontyne Price,
Classical (lirico spinto) Soprano, Author, Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), Spingarn Medal (1965),
Kennedy Center Honors (1980), National Medal of Arts (1985), Grammy Awards (19X),
Lifetime Achievement Award (1989) & National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors (2008 )
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Know Your Inner Self

“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis …,
because you know what’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now.
So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success,
because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

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)

Recognized by Heavenly

“To receive man’s recognition, you will have to abide by man’s rules.
And man’s recognition might lead you to success, but it will never lead you to satisfaction.
Satisfaction comes only from being recognized by God.”
~ Sergio De La Mora,
Author, Founder & Pastor – Cornerstone Church

A National Ethos

“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom
includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for
the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.”
~ Wikipedia,
The Free Encyclopedia

A Chance to Read a Lot

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think
a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder –  Microsoft & Philanthropist

Work That You Love, Work That Fulfills You

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Dreams of Success

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~ Wayne Huizenga,
Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder – AutoNation, Founder – Waste Management, Inc.,
Norman Vincent Peale Award (2008) & Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award (1992)

Perfumed by Success

“Success is a great deodorant.”
~ Elizabeth Taylor,
Actress, Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Founder – House of Taylor, Academy Award (3X),
BAFTA Award (2X), Golden Globe Award (2X), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1966) & Screen Actors Guild Award (1997)

The Necessary Financial Education

“If you want to thrive in today’s economy,
you must challenge the status quo and get the financial education necessary to succeed.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, and Commentator

Victorious Thinking

“Victory starts in your thinking. You can’t think the same way and expect different results.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

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

Big Goals? Big Success!

“Think little goals and expect little achievements.
Think big goals and win big success.”
~ David Joseph Schwartz,
Professor, Motivational Writer, Self-Help Coach,
Life Strategist, Founder – Creative Educational Services Inc.

Goals for Your New Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.
This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

Believe & Keep Going

“Always believe in yourself and keep going. You don’t have to have the most talent in the world.
You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world. If you persist and you persist and you persist, you will be successful.”
~ Dean Cain,
a.k.a. Dean George Tanaka
Actor, Producer, Television Host

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

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

All the Things I Love

“All the things I love is what my business is all about.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Blind, Furious Optimism

“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

A Great Teacher

“Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools
as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible,
it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

Contemplating Failure

“You don’t go into anything contemplating failure,
because if you did, you wouldn’t make it.”
~ Simon Cowell,
Reality Television Judge, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Learn from Your Mistakes & Your Successes

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes,
but I think it’s more important to learn from successes.
If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Somewhere, Sometime, Someone Helped

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Learn from Failures & Succeed

“Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life.
But failure will never stand in the way of success, if you learn from it.”
~ Hank Aaron,
American Major League Baseball (MLB) Right Fielder, NAACP Spingarn Medal (1976),
Baseball Hall of Fame (1982), Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (1988),
Major League Baseball All-Century Team (1999), MLB Hank Aaron Award (1999),
The Sporting News’ 100 Greatest Baseball Players List (1999), Presidential Citizens Medal (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002), Lombardi Award of Excellence &
Founder – Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation

He’s Been in My Corner from the Time We Met

 

“I married somebody who is very secure.
He’s been in my corner from the time we met,
and we grew in this together.”
~ Susan Lucci,
Actress, Television Host, Author, Entrepreneur,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2005), Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2006),
Founder – The Susan Lucci Collection, Disney Legend (2015)

Sincere & Selfless Contribution

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick ,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

Succes = Focus + Effort

“Success at anything will always come down to this:
focus and effort. And we control both.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson,
a.k.a. The Rock,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Author
& Founder – Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation

A Failure at Something Loved

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love, than a success at something I hate.”
~ George Burns,
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Writer,
Academy Award (1975), Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (3x)

A Person Who Fails vs. A Person Who Quits

“Success can come to a person who has failed,
but it will never come to a person who quits.”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries,
& Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

You Weren’t Born Just to Live a Life & Die

“You weren’t born just to live a life and to die;
you were born to accomplish something specifically.
Matter of fact, success is making it to the end of your purpose; that is success…
Success is not just existing. Success is making it to the end of why you were born.” 
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder – Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder – Myles Munroe International (MMI),
CEO & Chairman of International Third World Leaders Association,
President – International Leadership Training Institute & Author

A Wishbone, Backbone & Funny Bone

“To succeed in life, you need three things:
a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

Some of the Most Beautiful Parts of Life

While single, I couldn’t believe “how much people would judge a woman’s worth
or judge how successful she is based on whether or not she’s married.
And I’m not slamming marriage — marriage and family are some of the most beautiful parts of my life.
But everybody meets their own person in their own time,
and I don’t think a woman should be looked at like,
‘Oh, you’re still not married?’ Why do people still think that way?!”
~ Holly Madison
Model, Showgirl, Television Personality & Author

Facing My Part, My Fault

“I went through a long period of time in that marriage
when I didn’t believe anything was my fault.
I had to face what my part was,
and only because of that difficult work
was I able to trust a man again.”
~ Connie Sellecca,
Actress, Producer, Spokesperson, Activist & Model

Excelling & Succeeding with Demanding Enterprises

“We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities
we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.”
~ Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville,
Political Thinker & Historian

Picturing Your Success

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture.
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Do You Love What You Do?

“Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
~ Albert Schweitzer,
Theologian, Organist, Philosopher,
Physician, Philanthropist, and Medical Missionary
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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

Constantly Chasing Success

“If you’re constantly chasing success,
you’re not really living in the moment.”
~ Octavia Lenora Spencer,
Actress, Author,
Awards Recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG,
Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (The Help, 2011)
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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

The Fundamental Key to Success

“The fundamental key to success is
what you believe is true for yourself.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Look Back at Life with No What-Ifs

“We should all aim to look back at life with no what-ifs
and be proud of what we’ve achieved.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Opportunities of the Right Place & Right Time

“… It’s being in the right place at the right time
and taking advantage of your opportunities.”
~ Lee Majors,
Film Actor, Television Actor & Voice Actor

Succeeding at the Highest Level

“People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky;
they’re doing something differently than everyone else.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

If …, You’ll End Up Having More

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

What Comes Out is Going to Impress

“I can give you the King’s English and then I can take it to the street,
but do both or do one and don’t do one knowing only the street.
That’s going to hold you back because what comes out is going to impress people,
and it will impress them negatively.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe  & Black Reel Award

A Vision-Led Daily Schedule

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“Adhering to a daily schedule that is led by your vision
and run by your priorities is the surest path to personal freedom.”
~ Mark Ford,
Entrepreneur, Self-made Millionaire
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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

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

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, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe & Black Reel Award

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

Moving Forward

“I’m always moving forward.”
Debbie Allen ~
a.k.a Deborrah Kaye Allen,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

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)

Manufactured Expectations

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing
their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach