Great Quotes that will inspire you!

1.  To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
 – Sister Mary Lauretta


2.  Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success


3.  You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances 
are you’ll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.
 – Bob Black


4.  I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. – Rita Mae Brown


5.  Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. – Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912)


6.  You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. 
- Mark Twain


7.  A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night. – Marilyn Monroe


8. I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. – George Burns


9.  I’m sick of people sittin’ in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape… then we have our experts on the topic… I’m in the ‘What’s next?’ phase of my career.  – Oprah Winfrey


10.  Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. – Brian Tracy, American Author


11. If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French Author


12.  The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else…The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! – Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker


13.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
 – George Bernard Shaw


14.  If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. 
- Michelangelo


15.  Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. 
- Buddha


16.  If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. 
- Katherine Hepburn


17.  My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
 – Pablo Picasso


18.  Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer


19.  Any human being is really good at certain things. The problem is that the things you’re good at come naturally. And since most people are pretty modest instead of an arrogant S.O.B. like me, what comes naturally, you don’t see as a special skill. It’s just you. It’s what you’ve always done. 
- Stephen Jay Gould, Evolutionary Scientist


20.  If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. – Michael Evans


21.  There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos. – Jim Hightower, Radio Commentator and Author


22.  He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche


23.  Many of us have created lives that give very little support for experimentation. We believe that answers already exist out there, independent of us. What if we invested more time and attention to our own experimentation? We could focus our efforts on discovering solutions that work uniquely for us. 
- Margaret Wheatley, Author and Management Consultant who studies organizational behavior


24.  Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
 – Abraham Lincoln


25.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian born American Anthropologist and Author


26.  Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.
 – Bobby Unser, Retired Car Racer


27.  People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
 – Brian Tracy, Author


28.  A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.
 – Fats Domino


29.  What if “the hokey pokey” is REALLY what it’s all about?
 – Curtis Spencer


30.  There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.  – Federico Fellini, Italian Film Director (1920-1993)


31.  Would I ever leave this company? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most. – Dwight Schrute, from the television show ‘The Office’


32.  I am not young enough to know everything. – Oscar Wilde


33.  In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. – Archie Bunker, from the television show ‘All in the Family’


34.  When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves. – Shakti Gawain, Pioneering Author & Teacher in the field of Personal Growth


35.  I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome, English writer and humorist


36.  Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.


37.  Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. – D.H. Lawrence, English Novelist (1885-1930)


38.  Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade.  Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still. – Robert Sternberg, American Psychologist and Psychometrician


39.  Passion kept one fully in the present, so that time became a series of mutually exclusive ‘nows.’ – Sue Halpern, Author


40.  They  may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner, Author


41.  We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it. – Che Guavara


42.  Rest in reason; move in passion – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American artist, poet and writer


43.  Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing…If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.  – Frank Sinatra


44.  If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. – Benjamin Franklin


45.  I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. – James Joyce, Irish Novelist


46.  If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer


47.  I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. – Lou Holtz, American football coach and author


48.  If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. – Brian Tracy


49.  One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. 
- Helen Keller


50.  The belief that you can have a meaningful career is the first step to finding one.  – Sean Aiken, Author and Creator of the One Week Job Project


Destroying our Babies under our noses!

Everyday im confronted with the harsh reality that our “rehabilitation” system isn’t doing much rehabilitation. Is the plan to truly save our youth or create lifelong criminals? Sadly, I believe it’s the latter. We’ve been oppressed so much that we oppress ourselves with thoughts like, “hey maybe if black and brown people weren’t so dangerous we wouldn’t be racially profiled, beat up, locked up, and killed.” We give them our consent to be mistreated. Why is it that when one black/brown person does something wrong all of us are blamed? But when a white child does something wrong the whole race isn’t condemned? There’s no room for debate on whether or not this is a issue, statistics proves that racism has gone far beyond hateful words and now exists in the policies through out America.

Here in Ohio we have a major issue that needs to be confronted and defeated. In a Ohio a juvenile can waive their right to counsel without ever speaking to an attorney or understanding the consequences. Everyday our young people are waiving their right to counsel and are either being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit or taking plea deals and receiving felonies not understanding the long term effects that it will have on their lives. We must fight on behalf of our young people and be their voices. I’m asking that you support Juvenile Rule 3!

Under juvenile rule 3 youth will only be able to counsel if
-they have consulted with an attorney.
-the waiver is made knowingly and intelligently after given detailed instructions by the judge in writing and on the record.

The Ohio Supreme Court is accepting written public comments on the rule until Nov 22, 2011. If we don’t let them know that we support Juvenile Rule 3 then the future of our young people will be destroyed. Please email Jo Ellen Cline, Government Relations Counsel at
Even if your from out of town I beg you to join this fight! Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Please email your support for Juvenile Rule 3 that will make sure our young people consult with an attorney before any decision. Be the voice of the voiceless.


March 4 Peace

Plain Dealer Presents “Growing Up Cleveland” Written and Narrated by Basheer Jones


Growing up Cleveland Growing up Cleveland Take a look at life for Cleveland’s children through the lenses of Plain Dealer photographers as you listen to an essay by one of the city’s sons: Basheer Jones. Watch video

How do you expect them to feel, when everything they love goes up in smoke? 

The things that are most dear to them are snatched away at the hands of violence. When their future seems so blurry if not totally dark.

With facial expressions that scream leave me alone! And I need love at the same time!

When did our future become hopeless? Some wouldn’t know love if it stood right over their shoulder.

Classrooms that yell failure, neighborhoods that yell death. And our angels are snatched away for no other reason than because they were beautiful!

Why are they angry? Why aren’t you angry is a better question?

Pain is an everyday emotion and to be let down has become an expectation. Their hero’s don’t live happily ever after.

Hold me, they scream. Guide me they shout! Don’t I deserve to be loved???!!!!!

basheer-jones.JPGView full sizeSpecial to The Plain DealerName: Basheer Jones
Age: 26
Education: Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Morehouse College
Occupation: Speaker, poet and author
Motto: Be the change
Contact him at: The Basheer Jones Foundation

Of course you do. You deserve to be held up high and admired. You deserve to be applauded! Because despite the ugly odds, you are beautiful. You are funny. You are a genius. You are cool. You are successful. You are innocent. You are loving. Despite the hatred, you smile.

There will always be opposition. But we’ve overcome before with action and prayer. Prayer in any way you see fit.

The dream of Dr. King did not die with him but it is alive in each and every one of us.

There will be time when we will have to hold hands, but success is inevitable with hard work, patience and persistence.

You are champions despite who leaves or stays. I salute you .

Why? Because even when there is so much to be upset about, you find a reason to smile. And you should, because your smile brings light to our darkest moments.

We must prepare for our future by planting seeds of excellence today.

(Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it on youtube)



Akron University sends this Message only to African-American Males!


One of my young guys just sent this to me! There’s a number at the bottom that I’m asking everyone to call and demand a response to this email sent only to African-American Male Students!

As you may be aware, a series of robberies have occurred around campus over the last few weeks particularly on the south and east ends of campus. Although, most of these crimes have not been committed by Univer…sity of Akron students, the primary suspects have been African American Males between the ages of 18-23.

Your safety as well as the safety of all UA students is of utmost concern. As a result of these robberies, The University of Akron Police Department is actively addressing this issue and working to make the campus and the surrounding areas safe for all students.

Furthermore, as African American Male students, it is critical to ensure you that you are not a target based on race and gender. However, to ensure your safety, I advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

In the event that you are stopped by the police, here are a few tips to follow:

Cooperate fully with questions

Identify yourself as a UA student and please carry identification with you at all times

Even if you are angered, refrain from using profanity as you could be charged with disorderly conduct

Do not run from the police as you could be charged with a crime

However, in the event that you believe you have been treated unfairly or in an inappropriate manner, please call (330) 330-972-2911 to make a formal complaint or feel free to contact my office at (330) 972-8289.

Please know that your safety is our ultimate concern.


Fedearia A. Nicholson

Director of Multicultural Development

The University of Akron

370 E. Thorton st

Akron, OH 44311

Heart of the Streets P5 w/ Basheer Jones

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