As Long As They’re Hiring

“I’ll continue working as long as people want to hire me.”
~ Maye Musk
Model, Dietitian, Author & Entrepreneur
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Liking What You Do

“Like what you do, and then you will do your best.”
~ Katherine G. Johnson
Mathematician, Computer, Space Scientist, Physicist, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015), Silver Snoopy Award (2016), NASA Group Achievement Award (2016)
Congressional Gold Medal (2019), Mattel ‘Katherine G. Johnson’ Barbie Doll (2018), West Virginia State College Outstanding Alumnus of the Year (1999),
De Pizan Honor from National Women’s History Museum (2014), NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award (2015), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015),
Silver Snoopy award from Leland Melvin (2016), Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Arthur B.C. Walker II Award (2016),
Langley West Computing Unit NASA Group Achievement Award (2016), Congressional Gold Medal (2019), NASA Group Achievement Award &
NASA Langley Research Center Special Achievement Award (5X)
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I Went Merrily to the Bank

“If you can’t ‘Bank’, there’s no need to work.  If I want to do a charity or freebie, I will choose that on my own.
But, basically, I work to see “Okay, the nut is cracked what do I have left to put into the bank?”
Because the bottom line is to capitalize on my health and success, or popularity, at this moment;
because it’s not promised to me in the future (and to prepare for that future).
Even if I become more so, there’s no one to promise that to me.  I’d be a fool to cry later and say,
“I can’t pay my bills; I don’t have anything.”, and whatever.  I don’t want to be one of those people.
I want to say, “Look, when it was time to make hay, I made it.  I’m like a little ant, I went merrily to the bank and put it away.””
~ Lola Falana
Singer, Dancer, Actress, Model, Golden Globe Award Nom. (1970),
Tony Award Nom. (1975), Theater World Award (1975), Founder – Lambs of God.
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Stand, Even When It’s Unpopular

“Make decisions that speak truth to power and stand even when it is unpopular.
In fact, especially when it is unpopular. Stand for the true principles of life, liberty, choice,
and the pursuit of happiness to which we are entitled.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Love: The Continual Growing

“Keep a conscious intent for your sonata, for your start up, your suspension bridge, for your space station.
Remember, our real work in this life is the continual growing into how to love and how to receive love.
You guys are finally free to go and do. So go, make stuff. Make just laws. Make films.
Make sustainable foods, renewable energy. Make love. Make peace.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)

Master Your Craft

“If it’s flipping hamburgers at McDonalds, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do, you have to master your craft.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin r Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

Knowing Isn’t Enough

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough, we must do.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

Develop What You Already Have

“You don’t have to go out and get skills and talents, but just
develop what you already have and use them within the family of God.”
~ Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier,
Actor, Singer, Minister &
Football Player (New York Giants (1955–1962), Los Angeles Rams (1963–1966), Master of Ceremonies for the Special Olympics (1970-1983),
IBM Watson Award,  B’nai Birth Champion of Youth, National Football League Humanitarian Award & Penn State Alumnus of the Year.