"THE GUY WHO TAKES A CHANCE, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, WILL SUCCEED.” — Gordon Parks
BLACK HISTORY FLASHBACK: Gordon Parks’ film The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress (September 19, 1989). It joins other films such as Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.
Gordon Parks was the first African-American photographer for Life Magazine, and later, the first African-American to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio. Check out his masterful photographs HERE
“YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE that are naysayers, THAT DON’T BELIEVE IN YOUR TALENT, that don’t believe you have any kind of longevity. SUCCESS IS THE SWEETEST REVENGE!” — Vanessa Williams
BLACK HISTORY FLASHBACK: Today in 1983 Vanessa Williams became the 1st African American to win the Miss America crown. She was forced to give up the crown months later. However, Vanessa rebounded to become a multi-talented broadway, TV & movie actress, singer and fashion model.
Today, DO NOT listen to naysayers. YOU have the talent and ability to succeed in anything you do. Go for it! Success IS the sweetest revenge!
“THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT LEARNING IS that NOBODY CAN TAKE IT AWAY from you.” ― B.B. King
Today is the day to learn something new to add to your “life lesson” list. Experience IS the best teacher … so learn it — live it — and learn from it!
"Problems arise in that one has to FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN WHAT PEOPLE NEED FROM YOU AND WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOURSELF.” — Jessye Norman
Happy Birthday to the incomparable Jessye Norman! Ms. Norman is one of the most popular and highest paid soprano opera singers in the world.
Throughout her career, Norman has received numerous honors, including more than 30 honorary degrees and several Grammy Awards. In 1997, at 52 she became the youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, the highest honor the United States bestows on artists.
Today, carve out a little time for yourself! You must fulfill YOUR needs as well.
"Have you ever caught sight of yourself by accident and you SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE? THAT’S WHO YOU REALLY ARE.” — Dorothy Dandridge
NOTE TO SELF: When I look in the mirror … that’s how others will see me today! Dress to impress … and present my best. Today, introduce your new “SHOES,” new “DO”, and most important BEST YOU … to the world!
“The first step to reaching your full potential, is to UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR TALENT AND YOUR GIFT. Your career is what you are paid for; YOUR CALLING IS WHAT YOU ARE MADE FOR!” -- Steve Harvey
"You can be a good accountant, You can be a good lawyer. That can be your talent. Your gift, however, is something else entirely.
"Your talent will allow you to have a wonderful career," Harvey says. "But this is what I’ve learned: Your career is what you’re paid for. Your calling is what you’re made for."
Steve Harvey breaks down the most important lessons from his new book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches. Pick it up!
Today, go out and WORK on YOUR calling ….
"YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TWO FAMILIES: the one we are born into; and the one that we make for ourselves afterwards." — Valerie Simpson
There are SOME FRIENDS who TRANSCEND BLOODLINES. Point blank: THEY ARE FAMILY. As Ashford & Simpson would say, They are "solid as a rock." Today, thank them for being a friend. Actually, thank them for being FAMILY!
HAPPY 68th Birthday to Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson! (August 26th). With a career that stretches back to the glory days of Motown, she remains “Solid As A Rock.”
"DREAM SMALL DREAMS." If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and don’t do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, IT GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO GO ON TO HIGHER GOALS." — John H. Johnson
You don’t have be great to get started—but you have to get started to BE GREAT! Start small … and finish BIG! The world is waiting ….
"Anytime YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth." — Roberto Clemente
If you have an opportunity, TAKE IT! If you have an opportunity to make a difference, DO IT! The world will be a better place …
“I’m a big believer in dreaming. IF YOU DON’T DREAM it, YOU CAN’T BECOME it.” — Earvin “Magic” Johnson
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to "MAGIC" Johnson! Sometimes your wildest dreams do come true … but first you must BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, and then in your dream …