Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker
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Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

Silent & Suffering

“We don’t need to suffer in silence.  Reach out.”
~ Dorothy Newton,
Speaker & Author – Silent Cry

The Temptation to Give Up

“The temptation to give up is greatest
when the victory is the closest.”
~ Da’Dra Crawford Greathouse,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Speaker,
Lakewood Church Senior Worship Leader & Co-Founder of Anointed

Laughing at Obstacles

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself,
and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.
~ Halle Berry,
Actress, Model & Film Producer

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire.
As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers.
You do have an ability to control the flames.”
~ Chaka Khan,
Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

Strength to Not Surrender

“Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Walk Through the Stereotypes

“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.”
~ Forest Whitaker,
Actor, Producer, Director, Academy Award (2006), British Academy Film Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2006),
National Board of Review Award (2006), Screen Actors Guild Award (2006), Hollywood Actor of the Year Award (2006),
American Riviera Award (2007) & Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007)

Walking Away

“Most of the time, people say negative things for a reaction,
and I can’t even bear to give them the satisfaction.
So, there’s something that I gain from feeling
like I’m the bigger person, from walking away
from a situation.”
~ Selena Gomez,
Actress, Singer, Executive Producer, Fashion Designer,
Philanthropist, ALMA Award, American Music Award,
Billboard Women in Music Award, iHeartRadio Music Award,
MTV Video Music Award, Teen Choice Awards (15x) & &Guinness World Records(9)

Cognizant of Self & The Enemy

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself,
you are certain to be in peril.”
~ Sun Tzu,
a.k.a. Sun Wu
General, Military Strategist & Philosopher

Whistle in a Barely Audible Way

“If the pressure is getting to you, whistle in a barely audible way.
It’s the best way I know of to let go of tension.
Music gets your mind off the situation, and
the act of whistling melts the tension out of your body.”
~ Fuzzy Zoeller,
a.k.a. Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour (10x),
PGA Tour Champion (2x), Masters Tournament (1979),
US Open (1084) & Bob Jones Award (1985)

A History of Victory

“I am not a victim. No matter what I have been through,
I’m still here. I have a history of victory.”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author & Speaker

Looking Like a Winner

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence
can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”
~ Diane Arbus,
Photographer

Victory: A Storm’s Heart

“At the heart of every storm is VICTORY — waiting to be claimed.”
~ Mary Southerland,
Author & Speaker

Your Victorious Life

“A victorious life begins in your mind.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ 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)

Fear Aware

“Being aware of your fear is smart.
Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”
~ Seth Godin ,
Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer, and Public Speaker

Our Challenges’ Discoveries

“Challenges make you discover things
about yourself that you never really knew.”
~ Cicely Tyson,
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Our Challenges’ Discoveries”

A Happy Human Spirit

“The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

Virtuoso of Self

“One can have no smaller or greater
mastery than mastery of oneself.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist & Writer

Difficult Victories, Happiest Wins

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“The more difficult the victory,
the greater the happiness in winning.”
~ 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 Sweetest Satisfaction

“Success is the sweetest revenge.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams ,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)

By Achieving Your Goals

“What you get by achieving your goals
is not as important as
what you become by achieving your goals.”
~ Zig Ziglar,
Salesman, Motivational Speaker & Author

Seems Impossible, Doesn’t It?

“It always seems impossible until its done.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

Justified Resentment!

“The worst resentment that anybody can have
is one you feel justified to keep.”
~ Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Actor, Academy Award (1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman)
Emmy Award (1977 miniseries Roots)