“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision.
Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed.
Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”
“Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision.
Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life
of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is
consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.”
~ Emmitt Smith,
Football Running Back, Pro-Football Hall of Fame (2010), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor,
Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII & XXX Champion, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP, Pro Bowl (1990–1995, 1998, 1999),
AP NFL Most Valuable Player (1993), Bert Bell Award (1993), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team,
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer – ESmith Legacy & Co-Owner – The Gents Place
“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of
becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
~ Mark Victor Hansen
Inspirational Speaker, Author, Philanthropist, Co-Founder – Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., Covenant House of CA Visionary Philanthropist for Youth Award (2004),
Sales & Marketing Executive International’s Hall of Fame – Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award (2004) & Horatio Alger Award (2000)
“Practicing is not only playing your instrument,
either by yourself or rehearsing with others –
it also includes imagining yourself practicing.
Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory
whether you are imagining the task or actually doing it.”
~ Yo-Yo Ma,
Cellist, Educator, Composer, Humanitarian & Grammy Award Winner(15x)
“All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act on their dreams with open eyes,
to make them possible.”
~ T. E. Lawrence,
Archaeologist, Military Officer, Diplomat & Writer
“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.”
“To create something from nothing is one of the greatest feelings,
and I would – I don’t know,
I wish it upon everybody. It’s heaven.”
a.k.a. Prince Rogers Nelson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Instrumentalist, Actor, Director, Philanthropist,
Academy Award (1985), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (2x), Brit Awards (7x),
Boston Society of Film Critics Award (2016), Golden Globe Award (2007),
American Music Award (4x), Grammy Award (7x), Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame (2016),
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) & UK Music Hall of Fame (2006)
“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”→
“It’s God’s will that you live a life filled with dreams;
a life filled with ‘calling’ and ‘purpose’. Our life should be bursting at the dreams. Dreams are God’s GPS System,
giving us hints of God’s Kingdom AND His will in Heaven and here, on Earth.
~ Phil Munsey,
Chairman of Champions Network of Churches, Pastor & Author
“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is
characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence,
and a belief in our right and our responsibility
to be equal members of society.”
“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
“Optimists and pessimists die the same way.
They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957) Continue reading “The Optimist’s Life”→
“Every dream I’ve ever had in life has come true ten times over.”
~ Steve Wozniak,
Inventor, Eectronics Engineer, Programmer, Technology Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
Founder of Wings of Zeus (WoZ), Co-Founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation,
ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1979), National Medal of Technology (1985)
Fellow of the Computer History Museum (1998), National Inventors Hall of Fame (2000)
Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2001), Isaac Asimov Science Award (2011) Continue reading “Ten Times Over”→
“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
“You can play any part –
be it a rich man or a poor man,
a beggar or a thief,
the known or unknown –
once you know they are only parts,
only states of consciousness.
But if you don’t know this,
and are not willing to
give up your present state,
you will remain there,
looking at your desire
and not from it.
You can become
what you would like to be
in the twinkle of an eye
by the simple act of assumption.”
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.
If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.
If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
“God will give you new pictures.
Instead of going back into your memory,
let God move you into your future
through your imagination.
Your Memory Replays Your Past;
Your Imagination Pre-plays Your Future.”
~ Michael Dean Murdock,
Author, Speaker, Pastor & Pianist
“You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend.
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart,
It may carry its pain or its calm.
You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
In God’s productive soil
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
With shelter for those who toil.
You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe—
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.”
“There were periods of my life
when a lot of people didn’t believe in me.
I still had faith in myself.
I really had to ask myself life questions.
Where do I see myself in five years?
Create a ladder for yourself,
and walk up the steps. Climb that ladder.”
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson ,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)
Of Pablo Picasso & his Mother:
“His mother told him at a young age,
“If you are a soldier, you will become a general,
if you are a monk, you will become the Pope.”
He, later, was quoted,
“Instead, I am a painter, and became Picasso.”
He found his gift and gave it to the world.
His life, filled with meaning and purpose,
serves as inspiration for artists, designers,
makers and philosophers around the world.”
“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So, I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett, Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist & Founder of the Buffett Foundation
“What if everyword you said were a wish to the universe?
Would you still say the same things that you did yesterday? Y
our thoughts and words echo throughout the universe.
Make sure to, only, put out ones that you want back.”
“I’m here to tell you that God has seeded you with quantum potential—infinite possibility that need only be captured by the force of imagination, harnessed by the power of faith, and birthed through prayer with unwavering belief.”
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z:
Imagination will get you everywhere.”
~ 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)
“See things as you would have them be, instead of as they are.
The great successful men of the world have used their imagination … they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, yet steadily building – steadily building.
The first principle of success is desire — knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”
“See the things that you want as already yours.
Know that they will come to you, at need. Then, let them come.
Don’t fret and worry about them. Don’t think about your lack of them.
Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.”
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.
It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas,
… there are few who decide to do something about them now.
Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer (only).”
~ Nolan Key Bushnell,
Engineer, Entrepreneur & Founder
Atari, Inc. & Chuck E. Cheese Pizza-Time Theaters
“Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, … instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.”