Being Sold-Out

“You were redeemed to be outstanding, but it takes being sold-out to stand-out.”
~ 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
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Self-Faith Power

“We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith.
There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win.
And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Dreaming Your Vision with Imagination

“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

Big Goals? Big Success!

“Think little goals and expect little achievements.
Think big goals and win big success.”
~ David Joseph Schwartz,
Professor, Motivational Writer, Self-Help Coach,
Life Strategist, Founder – Creative Educational Services Inc.

Blind, Furious Optimism

“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

Contemplating Failure

“You don’t go into anything contemplating failure,
because if you did, you wouldn’t make it.”
~ Simon Cowell,
Reality Television Judge, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Your Freedom

“It’s time for your freedom.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Singer, Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

You’re Nearly Through. You’re SO Close!

“RISE UP, BELOVED”, cries JESUS. “You are NEARLY through transition. You are SO close.
Don’t lie down on the battlefield, now, when you are SO close to victory.
I AM your strength, I AM your future, I AM your purpose, I AM your Deliverer.
You shall surely see My goodness in the land of the living.
Your harvest is upon you.”
~ Wendy Alec,
Co-Founder, President & CEO – GOD TV, Writer, TV Producer,
Film Maker, Director – WarBoys Entertainment London,
Global Platinum Award (2016), Gold Awards (2X), Angel Awards (20X),giv
Outstanding Contribution to Literature Award, Best Fiction Award,
& Outstanding Fiction Writer (Exceptional Writers Awards)

Living in the Present Tense

“Winners live in the present tense.
People who come up short are consumed with future or past.
I want to be living in the now.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

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

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

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)

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

The Keys to The Doorway of Personal Excellence

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential …
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
~ Confucius,
Teacher, Editor, Politician & Philosopher

Someone Else’s Point of View

“You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s point of view.”
~ Penelope Cruz,
Actress, Model, Philanthropist, Clothing Designer, Academy Award (2008),
Empire Award, Goya Award, BAFTA Awards, European Film Award, & Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,

Manufactured Expectations

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing
their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

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)

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),

Considered as An Expert

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn,
even when
he is considered an expert by others;
a loser wants to be considered an
expert by others
before he has learned enough to know
how little he knows.”
~ Sydney J. Harris,
Journalist, Author, Drama Critic, Teacher & Lecturer

The Sweetest Satisfaction

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

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

Persevere to Your Success

“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world,
but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director

Intellectually Made

“When you make a decision to forgive, it’s a decision that you have to make intellectually.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

The Chemistry for Miracles

“But, I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles.
I think that my tests became my testimonies.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

It Liberates Us!

“I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator.
Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

You’ll Never Give Up, Will You?

“Just know, when you truly want success
you’ll never give up on it,
no matter how bad the situation may get.”
~ Unknown

Anyone Can

“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
But to hold it together, when everyone else would understand
if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
~ Author Unknown,
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Seeing Who Rises

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top.
A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”
~ Simon Sinek,
Author
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Failing Forward

“When I first started trying to learn
real estate investing I wanted to quit.

I spent thousands and for the longest
time had 0 deals to show for it.

But I kept pushing through.

And now I’m a better investor and teacher
because of it. I’m glad that I failed!

If you’ve given real estate a try and haven’t
gotten the results you wanted…

Keep failing forward. You’re going to be
a better investor for it in the end!”

~ Cody Sperber ,
Real Estate Entrepreneur
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Growing Beyond a Mistake

“Mistakes grow your brain. … at least a small part of the fore-brain called the thalamus can appreciably grow after periods of the sort of cognitive stimulation involved in mistake-making. What matters for improving performance is that a person is challenged, which requires a mindset that is receptive to being challenged, if not actively seeking out challenge and failure. And that may be the most important thing a teacher can impart.”
~ Jo Boaler,
Professor of Mathematics Education
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Create a Ladder for Yourself

“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.”
~ Fergie
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)

Enjoy the Roses Amidst the Thorns

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~ Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States
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“You and I are strong enough to
not allow the ‘thorns’ of life
to keep us from enjoying life’s ‘roses’.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist,
Christmas Decor Stylist & Website Design Editor

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Easy to Start, Hard to Stop

“She will be successful who is easy to start, and hard to stop.”
~ Connie Stevens
a.k.a Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter & Singer

A Million, or Ten

“It doesn’t matter … if a million people
tell you what you can’t do,
or if ten million people tell you, “No.”.
If you get one “Yes.”, from God, that’s ALL you need.”
~ Tyler Perry a.k.a Emmitt Perry Jr.,
Actor, Author, Playwright, Producer, Director & Songwriter

Out of the Nightmare

“If I didn’t mould my reality then,
I’d still be in the ghetto,
where people like me are supposed to stay.
You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

A Laugh Can Do It

“I have seen what a laugh can do.
It can transform almost unbearable tears
into something bearable, even hopeful.”
~ Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS,
a.k.a Bob Hope

Comedian, Vaudevillian, Actor, Singer,
Dancer, Athlete, & Author
Academy Awards (1940, 1944, 1952, 1959, & 1965)
Congressional Gold Medal (1962), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)
Kennedy Center (1985), Television Hall of Fame (1987),
Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1997)

Walk the Tightrope, Smiling

“A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance
to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

In His Compassion

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.   Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin.
“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone
that lies in deep mud, and He who is mighty came
and in His compassion raised me up
and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.”
~ Saint Patrick a.k.a “Apostle of Ireland”,
Missionary & Bishop

Better Than You

“Don’t bother just to be
better than your contemporaries
or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.”
~ William Cuthbert Faulkner,
Writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1949) recipient
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1955, 1963) recipient, &
National Book Award (1951, 1955) recipient

Making Excuses

“Ninety-nine percent
of the failures come from
people who have the habit
of making excuses.”
~ George Washington Carver,
Botanist and Inventor

Every Human’s Life

“Every man’s life
ends the same way.
It is only the details
of how he lived
and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

Five Years Ago. Five Years Ahead.

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“Think back five years ago. Think of where you’re at today.
Think ahead five years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Actor, Author, Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation,
& Professional Wrestler

A Nobler & Stronger Soul

Quote 'Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler & stronger than it was before.' by James Buckham
“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances,
if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the fiber of character, yet strengthen it.
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler & stronger
than it was before.”
~ James Buckham

The Absence of Problems? Really?

““Sometimes life knocks you on your a__… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” .”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author & Speaker
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What Kind of Thoughts Dominate Your Mind?

Inadequacy Mindset
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
~ Henry David Thoreau,
Author, Poet, Philosopher,
Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister,
Surveyor, and Historian

Your Power

“The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don’t have any.”
~ Alice Walker,
Novelist, Short Story Writer,
Poet & Political Activist

Defeated, Yet Not Finished

“A man is not finished when he is defeated.
He is finished when he quits.”
~ Richard Nixon
37th President of the United States (1969-1974),
U.S. Representative, Senator, &
36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961)

Prepare to Win

“It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.
It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
~ Paul William “Bear” Bryant,
College Football Player & Head Coach of the University of Alabama (1958-1982).

Ignored, Laughed At & Fought: Winners

“First they IGNORE you, then they LAUGH at you,
then they FIGHT you, then you WIN.”
~ Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,
Civil Rights Activist, Nonviolence Activist
& Leader of Indian Nationalism

Dream Dreams and Be Ready to Pay the Price

“Happy are those who dream dreams
and are ready to pay the price
to make them come true.”
~ Leon J. Suenes

Problems Do Have Answers

“Believe that problems do have answers,
that they can be overcome, and that we can solve them.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author and Minister

Believe in ‘You’

“Every achiever that I have ever met says,
‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.’ “
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral

Opportunity Windows

Good day, Everyone!  Here’s a fabulous quote to practice!:

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

Tom Peters