“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 )
“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.”
“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
“Life is a process, and you just take it a day at a time,
and you can’t live in tomorrow, and you can’t reach back and be in yesterday.
No matter how much you want to, you just have what’s right there in front of you.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame (star)
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce,
but still only light and flickering.
As love grows older, our hearts mature and
our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
~ Bruce Lee,
Actor, Film Director, Martial Artist,
Philosopher & Founder of Jeet Kune Do (martial art)
“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)
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
“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
“Life is one strong, long string of character-defining moments.”
~ Steven Spielberg,
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Academy Awards (3x),
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1987), Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,
AFI Life Achievement Award (1995), Science Fiction Hall of Fame (2005) & Cecil B. DeMille Award (2009)
“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family
and to create memories that will last forever.
Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift.
The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift,
but we are able to share it with others on Christmas
and every other day of the year.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Founder – Lakewood Church TV,
Senior Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author
“My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.
That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”
~ Mark Burnett,
Television & Film Executive Producer, Author, President – MGM Television and Digital Group,
Emmy Awards (12x), Producers Guild of America Awards (5x),
Critics’ Choice Television Awards (7x), People’s Choice Awards (6x)
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.
Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes,
but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy,
or any of your time, or any of your space.”
~ Johnny Cash,
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor & Author
“‘Seed-time and Harvest’ is God’s covenant law of sowing and reaping.
He will not break His covenant. There are things that God has for you
that don’t open up to you until you are in a certain season.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award
“I feel an important part of beauty is not only what you do on the outside,
but also what you put into the inside.
Good fresh food with many vegetables along with love and caring for others.
I spend way more time serving others than I do on my beauty routine daily.”
“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)
“Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day,
you know what I think? It’s a day lost.”
~ B. B. King,
a.k.a. Riley Benjamin King
Blues Singer, Electric Guitarist,
Songwriter, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Co-Founder – Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation
“It’s not even about black and white anymore,
because so many people are from
mixed backgrounds and mixed ethnicities,
and it’s just a great time to be able to pull all that together.”
~ 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)
“In life, you have to take the pace that love goes. You don’t force it.
You just don’t force love, you don’t force falling in love,
you don’t force being in love – you just become.
I don’t know how to say that in English, but you just feel it.”
~ Juan Pablo Galavis Guinand ,
Athlete, The Bachelorette (2013) & The Bachelor (2014)
~ Tom Selleck,
Actor, Film Producer, Co-Founder of the Character Counts Coalition,
Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Character and Ethic- Pepperdine University (2000),
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986), Golden Apple Awards (1983),
People’s Choice Award (1984 & 1985 (2x)), Emmy Award (1984), Golden Globe Award (1985),
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (2010)
“Laughter is timeless.
Imagination has no age,
and dreams are forever.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award
“Paying clients are all around you, all the time!.”
~ 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
“I think in business, you have to learn to be patient.
Maybe I’m not very patient myself.
But I think what I’ve learned the most is
to be able to wait for something
and get it when it’s the right time.”
~ Bernard Arnault,
Founder of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Hennessy
“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.
Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return. Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
another golden opportunity.”
“What you are thinking every moment, of every day,
becomes a physical reality in your brain and body,
which affects your optimal mental and physical health.
These thoughts, collectively, form your attitude,
which is your state of mind,
and it’s your attitude, and not your DNA,
that determines much of the quality of your life.”
“I have learned that it is very possible to pursue different passions
but it is also very complicated to try and do them at one time.
I think strategic planning, time management, and focus are vital to multi-tasking.
Ultimately though, ask yourself, “What is my purpose for this life,”
and then make sure your passion and purpose align.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it’s up to us to choose
which way we’re going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side,
it doesn’t mean you have to continue your journey that way.
You always have time to turn it around.”
“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
“Block your calendar to achieve wins.
One of the most common mistakes people make at the office
is not turning to-do lists into time-bound, effective project lists.
I’ve found that people who have mastered this hack
are far more likely to deliver tasks on time.
It’s simple: For each of the big things on your list,
block off the amount of time on your calendar
that you estimate the task might take — and
then add 33% more time just to be sure.”
“In my experience, being honest about the time that I have
to do quality work for my stakeholders helps to foster deep relationships
built on trust and relieves personal pressure
(research shows that feeling control over one’s schedule reduces mental fatigue).”
“I do what I call ‘fixed-schedule productivity’.
I start with the deadline that my day ends at 5:30 p.m.
and create an ideal schedule based on my priorities.
Then, I work backwards to make everything fit —
ruthlessly culling obligations, turning people down,
becoming hard to reach, and shedding marginally useful tasks
along the way. My experience in trying to make that fixed schedule
a reality forces any number of really smart and
useful in-the-moment productivity decisions.”
~ Cal Newport,
Author, So Good They Can’t Ignore You
“I start out my week by planning out everything
that I’d like to get done this week.
I, then, divide my tasks into 15-minute time blocks
which allows me to set realistic deadlines and not waste time.
I, then, use TimeDoctor to hold me accountable.
It tracks what applications I use down to the second and
gives me insight on how I work.”
“The ideals which have lighted my way,
and time after time, have given me new courage
to face life cheerfully,
have been kindness, beauty and truth.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker
“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education
is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do,
when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not;
it is the first lesson that ought to be learned;
and however early a man’s training begins,
it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”
“Constructive action works miracles. Emphasize what can be done, rather than what cannot. Complaining wastes time and energy. Things improve when more people build up and fewer tear down. With God’s help, everything is possible. .”