The Lens Through Which We See

“Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world…
If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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Using the Negativity

“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder.
I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself.
When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’
I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
~ Beyonce Knowles,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Philanthropist

Just Doing the Easiest Thing Possible

“Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by,
by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you
who really wants to do what you’re doing.
And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.
~ Maria Sara Bartiromo,
Journalist, Columnist, Author(3) & News Anchor
Coalition of Italo-American Associations Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award (1997)
Union League of Philadelphia Lincoln Statue Award (2004)
Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of A Breaking News Story (2008)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting (2009)
Financial Times 50 People Who Shaped the Decade (2009)
Cable Hall of Fame (2011)
~

Our Democracy Will Cease to Exist

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from
those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Rich & Poorer, Poor & Poorer

“Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer – but the poor will also be poorer.
People will lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs.”
~ Thomas Peterffy,
Architectural Draftsman, Computer Programmer, Businessman & Founder, Chairman & CEO – Interactive Brokers.

The Biggest Brand in the Whole World

“”Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world.
Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow.
So, set yourself manageable targets.”
~ Jas Bagniewski,
Co-Founder – Eve Sleep

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

Career Should be a Spiritual Pursuit

“Career should be a spiritual pursuit, not just a physical or financial one.
Your career should be where your dreams, aspirations, talents, and hopes
for the present and future play out.”
~ DeVon Franklin,
TV Producer, Author, Speaker & Spiritual Success Coach

Having No Lack

“Prosperity can be defined as “having no lack”.
Not lacking in any area of your life.
This includes family, work, friends, etc. It’s never just about the money.
The moment we make prosperity only about money is the moment we start to lose.”
~ Jonathan Hinshaw
Co-Founder – EBWAY Creative & Founder – Revenue Love

Honesty & Truth Are…

“I used to be ashamed by the way that I grew up. I tried to lie my way through better times,
but when you think that honesty and truth is really your best weapon you embrace it and put it behind you.
In the end, it drives you and motivates you to do good work.
No one should be ashamed about where they come from
as long as you desire to be a compassionate and decent person.”
~ 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)

Looking for Perfection

“If you are looking for perfection then just read the Words of Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible.
I’m only a pilgrim that has and is still on a journey with Jesus.
He is constantly working on me like a potter does the clay.”
~ Arthur Blessitt,
Preacher, Author, Evangelist & Cross Walker

The Greatest Victory

“In the end, the greatest victory we can know is the result of all of our
hard work, discipline, and dedication: the realization of our dreams.”
~ Cheryl Burke,
Dancer, Model, TV Host, Author, World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion (2005)
San Francisco Latin Champion (2005), Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion (2005),
Dancing with the Stars Champion (2x), Prime Time Emmy Outstanding Choreography (2006)
Filipino/American Library Gala Role Model Award (2007),
& Asian Excellence Awards Viewer’s Choice Award (2008)

No Substitutes

“There’s no substitute for a full-time dad.
Dads who are fully engaged with their kids
overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

Doing More

 “Do More… Do more than exist—live. Do more than hear—listen. Do more than agree—cooperate. Do more than talk—communicate. Do more than grow—bloom. Do more than spend—invest. Do more than think—create. Do more than work—excel. Do more than share—give. Do more than decide—discern. Do more than consider—commit. Do more than forgive—forget. Do more than help—serve. Do more than coexist—reconcile. Do more than sing—worship. Do more than think—plan. Do more than dream—do. Do more than see—perceive. Do more than read—apply. Do more than receive—reciprocate. Do more than choose—focus. Do more than wish—believe. Do more than advise—help. Do more than speak—impart. Do more than encourage—inspire. Do more than add—multiply. Do more than change—improve. Do more than reach—stretch. Do more than ponder—pray. Do more than just live—live for Jesus.” 
~ John Mason,
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

I Can Listen to Myself, Now

“I’m my worst critic,
and I like the fact that I can listen to myself, now,
and make fun of myself, listen, make changes –
‘Oh, man, that’s messed up. Okay, I need to work on that;
I need to work on this.'”
~ Mary J. Blige,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress,
Grammy Awards (9x), Multi-Platinum Studio Albums (8x),
Founder – Matriarch Records, Fragrance – Melodies by MJB,
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards (2x), World Music Awards Legends Award (2006)
& ASCAP Voice of Music Award (2007)

When I’m Done, I’m All Yours

“What I try to do is that when I’m at home, I’m at home. We’re working hard at putting
away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I’ll say, ‘Look guys,
I’ve got to take this call, but when I’m done, I’m all yours. I just need 20 minutes.'”
~ Al Roker,
Journalist, Weather Forecaster, Actor,
Television Personality & Author

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
~ Image via NAME HERE

Loving What You Do

“I’ve learned the importance of loving what you do.”
~ Randy Travis,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Guitarist, Grammy Awards (6x), CMA Awards (6x),
ACM Awards (9x), AMA Awards (10x), Dove Awards (8x),
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star & Country Music Hall of Fame

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

Put Imagination to Work

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work,
and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”
~ Ken Robinson,
Educator

Work, Stay Active & LIKE What You’re Doing

“I just see too many people retire and say,
‘I’m going to take off, travel, spend time with my family’ and they are just miserable.
They end up dying. People who work and stay active, and like what they are doing, live longer.”
~ Terry Bradshaw,
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback (1970-1983), Actor, TV Analyst, Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV), Pro Bowl (1975, 1978, 1979), First-Team All-Pro (1978), NFL Most Valuable Player (1978),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1979), Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) & College Football Hall of Fame (1996)

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

Behaving Like a Princess

“Behaving like a princess is work.
It’s not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown.
It’s more about how you are inside.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer

When We Possess a Vision

“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.”

~ Janet Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress & Author

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

Humanity’s Mixes

“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)

An Opera in the Cotton Fields

“I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young.
There were a lot of African Americans working out there.
A lot of Mexicans
– the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans,
all out there singing,
and it was like an opera in the cotton fields,
and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.”
~ Willie Hugh Nelson,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Poet, Actor, and Activist

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),

The Christmases in Our Lives

Christmas Family Together Joyful Good Memories or Bad
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Create Something from Nothing

“Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence.
You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing.
That’s what life’s all about.”
~ Andrew Shue,
Actor, Co-Founder of Do Something & CafeMom

Self: Respect & Disciplines

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself.
Self-respect leads to self-discipline.
When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.”
~ Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr.,
Actor, Director, Producer, Composer,
Musician, Businessman & Politician

Challenging Ourselves

“With each new painting, I challenge myself
to do something — anything — that I’ve never done before.
This game keeps me from falling into habitual ruts
and places me on the edge of what is known.
Inevitably, this keeps my painting process very interesting!
~ Flora Bowley,
Painter. Teacher & Author

Passion: The Driving Fire

“Whether you’ve found your calling,
or if you’re still searching,
passion should be the fire
that drives your life’s work.”
~ Michael Dell,
Founder of Dell Computers

Journeying to Your Entrepreneurial Passion

“If you want to begin the journey to discover your entrepreneurial passion
you, first, must analyze your own interests, strengths, weaknesses, and desires.
You must consider carefully how hard you want to work.
And, then, you must
research in a serious way
the job or field in which you believe you might want to work.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Attributes of Leadership

“I know of no single formula for success.
But over the years I have observed
that some attributes of leadership are universal
and are often about finding ways of encouraging people
to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights,
their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

It’s Out There!

“I always told my mother I wanted a job where
I could have a lot of fun and have a lot of time off.
She asked me where I was going to find that,
and I said, ‘I don’t know, but it’s out there.'”
~ Sherman Hemsley,
Actor, Jazz Keyboardist & Television Hall of Fame (2012)

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
~ Image via NAME HERE

A Claim to Fame

“My claim to fame will not be that I inherited my father’s company and bled it.
My claim to fame will be that I inherited my father’s entrepreneurship abilities and I built many companies.
Not only did I build them, but I trained and continue to train others to do the same thing.
I work with partners to ensure that they experience the kind of success that I am having.
I don’t know how a human being can enjoy himself any more than I am.”
~ Bernard Bronner ,
President and Show & Sales Director, Bronner Brothers,
Publisher,Upscale Magazine
& Partner, Rainforest Films

An Essential Value

“The main advice I feel I shall give to young talents, on top of always and firmly believing in their passions,
is to be humble. In our field, and not only (our field), it’s an essential value to grow professionally.” 
~ Tomaso Trussardi,
CEO, Trussardi Group

An Inspiring Attitude

“My father didn’t talk too much, and wasn’t very much into giving me advice, verbally.
It was his attitude, mainly, that inspires me as a mother and a working woman today.
He taught me the importance of humility. How we all work to make ourselves a living
and that there’s no need to feel superior.”
~ Gaia Trussardi,
Creative Director, Trussardi Group

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Get Good at It

“Love what you do. Get good at it.
Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Wish, Hope & Work It

Estée Lauder with a customer.
Estée Lauder with a customer.
~ Image via Wikipedia Commons
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it,
but by working for it.”
~ Estée Lauder,
Businesswoman, Co-Founder of Estée Lauder Companies
Presidential Medal of Freedom Award,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1988,
Time Magazine’s 1998 List of the 20 Most Influential Business Geniuses of the 20th Century

Keep Looking. Don’t Settle

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,
and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)
~

Enjoy Every Minute of Your Life

“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.”

Earl Nightingale
1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

Work Becomes Fun

“When you have a purpose in life, a vision for what you want to achieve, and know why you want to achieve it, work becomes fun, and the time you spend working seems to just whiz by.”

Clayton J. Moore,  Financial Expert