Frank Sinatra on Revenge

September 9, 2015

The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

Maybe you’re not motivated by revenge, but it’s a great attitude to take towards your naysayers (even if you just fantasize and don’t actually rub their faces in your success).success - enjoy the view

What would be extra delicious to achieve and have your naysayers find out about? Go for THAT.


Muhammad Ali on Confidence

September 2, 2015

I am the Greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. – Muhammad Ali 

Even Muhammad Ali had to build self-confidence. Of course, saying it doesn’t just make it so (I’m sure winning some matches helped!). But it’s still a poignant reminder that we have to be our own fiercest advocates. Many times, we are our first advocates.confidence - be your own fiercest advocate

Do you think you’re great?


Henry Miller on Confusion

August 26, 2015

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood. – Henry Miller If things seem confusing, it probably isn’t because you’re not working hard enough or aren’t smart enough to figure it out. You may just need more time and more patience to allow things to unfold. How can […]

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Oscar Wilde on Regrets

August 19, 2015

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes. – Oscar Wilde Playing it too safe, playing to not lose instead of win, taking too few chances. Many times it’s the things we don’t do that […]

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Paula Poundstone On Growing Up

July 29, 2015

Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up ‘ cause they’re trying to get ideas – Paula Poundstone  It’s OK not to know what you want to be even when you’re grown up, especially since ideally you don’t stop growing upwards. It’s also OK to know what you want […]

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Shirley Conran on Daring

July 22, 2015

If you don’t dare you are doomed to dullness — Shirley Conran How can you be more daring, less dull? When was the last time you mentioned something you were doing or trying, and the listener said, “Wow!”? When was the last time you reflected on something you did or tried, and you said “Wow!”?

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The Wright Brothers On Experimentation

July 15, 2015

So many people end up fixated on doing things right, that they end up doing nothing at all – Wright Brothers This is a great reminder about the value of experimentation. When you experiment, things will go wrong but that’s part of the process on the way of getting new things right. If you cling […]

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Audre Lorde On Vision Over Fear

July 8, 2015

When I dare to be powerful, to use the strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid – Audre Lorde   In How The Fierce Handle Fear, an anthology of 22 essays on fear, I contributed an essay on fear and career change. Naturally fearful […]

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Sophia Loren On Success

July 1, 2015

I am successful because I was willing to give up being anonymous – Sophia Loren Do you put yourself out there? On the career front, this includes: getting published; getting media mentions; speaking at a conference; maintaining an active online presence; maintaining a diverse network; and building up relationships with executives, investors, and recruiters. Which […]

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Jennifer White On Dreams And Fears

June 24, 2015

I intend to spend my life going in the direction of my dreams, not in the direction of my fears – Jennifer White Where can you dream more and fear less? How can you take one step towards a dream that’s big enough to get it going but not so big you lapse into fear […]

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