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What do Amanda Bynes, Ariana Grande, Jaime Lynn Spears, Victoria Justice, and Miranda Cosgrove all have in common? They were all young girls hand-picked by Dan Schneider to become the face of his TV creations.Now, over 30 years later, a series of chilling truths have come to light with HBO MAX's new hit documentary, Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV. The 2024 four-part documentary television series details the toxic behind-the-scenes world of children’s television from the late 1990s to the early 2010s. Most of which was during Dan Schneider's tenure as a producer on Nickelodeon. In his heart-wrenching interview, Drake Bell drops a bombshell. The former Nickelodeon child star bravely disclosed the horrific sexual abuse he faced as a young boy during his time on Drake and Josh. His confession is on the heels of fellow Nickelodeon child star Jeanette McCurdy's takedown of the toxic on-set culture she faced as a child star. McCurdy was the first of Schneider's "projects" to speak out about the abuse she faced at Schneider's hands.They Offered McCurdy $300,000 To Stay Quiet—Why She Chose To Speak Up InsteadIn her tell-all New York Times Bestseller I'm Glad My Mom Died, Nickelodeon child star, Jeanette McCurdy writes about the executive who would massage her at work, photograph her in bikinis, and pressure her to drink while underage. She refers only to the looming presence as "The Creator." McCurdy never mentions Schneider by name but she doesn't have to. Over two decades at Nickelodeon producing hit teen tv shows from Drake and Josh (2004-2007) to iCarly (2007-2012), Schneider was dropped in 2018 when allegations of inappropriate behavior (uncomfortably close to sexual misconduct) were made by female Nickelodeon writers, namely Jenny Kilgen.In the same breath they offered $300,000.00 to Jeanette McCurdy to keep quiet about her experience growing up under Schenider's thumb."What the f--k? Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars in hush money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show?" she wrote in her memoir. "My personal experience of 'The Creator's' abuse?' This is a network with shows made for children. Shouldn't they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn't they at least try to report to some sort of ethical standard?"- Jeanette McCurdy,"I'm Glad My Mom Died"The 180 made some wonder, just how blind the children's TV network really was to the inappropriate behavior of their top producer. Nickelodeon kept quiet after McCurdy's I'm Glad My Mom Died hit the shelves. It seems they were waiting for the backlash to die down—then HBO Max dropped their investigative documentary March, 2024.The latest crime to whip a media storm after the release of Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, concerns Drake and Josh star Drake Bell.Drake and Josh Star, Drake Bell Claims Sexual Abuse Drake Bell was one of the few male child actors Schneider took a shine to—and nearly 20 years later, it's been revealed the 35-year-old Bell is far from the lucky child star he appeared to be."The abuse was extensive and it got pretty brutal"Drake Bell, Quiet on SetIn a heart-wrenching interview, Bell opens up for the first time ever at the alleged sexual abuse he faced as a young boy at the hands of dialogue coach Brien Peck (no relation to his co-star Josh Peck). Bell claims Peck began grooming him at around 15 years old. Peck's gradual integration into Bell's life caused a rift between the young actor and his father, despite earlier concerns raised by Bell's father about Peck. Eventually, Bell cut ties with his father as his manager.In 2001, when Bell was 15, he allegedly woke up to find Peck abusing him. Despite promises from Peck that it wouldn't happen again, the abuse worsened over time. Fearful of speaking out due to Peck's influential connections in the industry, Bell remained silent until 2003, when he confided in his mother after outside observation of his distress. This led to an investigation during which Bell recorded Peck's confession to the abuse.Following a call to the police, an investigation commenced during which Bell disclosed he had recorded Peck's confession on tape. Nonetheless, Bell was surprised to find Peck's side "entire side of the courtroom was full" of supporters when he was sentenced in 2004 for lewd acts with a minor stemming from Bell's accusations.Kate Taylor is the investigative journalist who called for the court to unseal the letters of support Peck received. Shockingly Peck's powerful industry connections had earned him over 40 letters—many of which included "victim blaming"—written by beloved celebrities like James Marsden and Alan Thicke.All of these horrors occurred under the watchful eye of Dan Schneider—who was famous for knowing every single thing that moved on set—down to the very last detail.So, Who Is Dan Schneider Really?@danwarp/InstagramWell, it depends who you ask. If you ask Nickelodeon, he was their Michael Jordan. Their top creative executive who amassed his $40 Million fortune creating hit TV show after hit TV show. From Zoey 101 to iCarly, Dan Schneider could not miss. In fact he is the recipient of their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. But if you asked former Zoey 101 child star, Alexa Nikolas, he was the creepy adult man who sat outside her change room during her costume fittings, when she was 12 years old. “Whenever I had wardrobe fittings, [Schneider] always had to be in them. Thank God there was a curtain, but he was literally [sitting] on [a] chair right outside of the curtain. [It was] to the point where he would sit in the chair, and I would come out and do a little spin. [He] would look at the wardrobe artist and say, ‘Can I have the Polaroids?'”- Alexa Nikolas, Real PodBefore Nickelodeon He Suspiciously Dropped Out of Harvard To Repair ComputersIt's been repeatedly reported the Dan Schneider, 58 exhibited an unhealthy obsession with the entertainment industry from an early age. Even though Schneider was accepted to the prestigious Harvard University, he dropped out after just one semester to repair computers back in Memphis. The Drake and Josh creator has never elaborated on the reasoning behind this rather bizarre career choice.Shortly after dropping out, Schneider (who acted in high school plays) became interested in acting after seeing an advertisement for on set extra work. After landing his first role in a movie, he moved to Los Angeles. He went on to appear in a variety of television shows and films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But Schneider's significant transition from actor to "creator" began when he joined Nickelodeon as a staff writer. He quickly rose in the ranks and became one of Nickelodeon's television producer's in the late 1990s, after meeting then-Nickelodeon President, Albie Hecht at The Kids Choice Awards (1988).His First Hit Show, "All That"Schneider's first success came with his kid's sketch comedy All That (1999). Schneider wrote the pilot in the style of popular adult sketch comedy Saturday Night Live, but with a kid-friendly twist—–sort of.Over the 10 seasons, the All That casts included Keenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Gabriel Iglesias, Mariah Carey's Ex-Husband Nick Cannon, Jamie Lynn Spears, and most famously, Schenider's first muse—Amanda Bynes.In 1999 Dan Schneider had displayed a fascination with Amanda Bynes. He was so blown away but her natural talent he created Bynes her very own show, aptly titled The Amanda Show. Bynes was just 13.He Was Proud To "Discover" Amanda BynesThe first of its kind for kids, The Amanda Show was set up as a show-within-a-show.At the beginning of each episode Bynes would enter onto a set reminiscent of an old talk show. She would address a studio audience before the episode would launch into a series of independent sketches that included stars like Drake Bell and Josh Peck.Dan Schneider on "The Amanda Show" Schneider's "world building" would become his signature, and spin-offs would become his main vehicle. Schneider's very own NCU (Nickelodeon Cinematic Universe) could not be stopped.His collaboration with the network resulted in a string of remarkable successes, including the iconic shows including: Drake & Josh (2005), Zoey 101 (2006), iCarly (2007), Victorious (2010), Sam & Cat (2013). Under his production company, Schneider's Bakery (named after his grandfather's shop), Schneider solidified his spot as not only Nickelodeon's top executive, but a powerhouse in children's programming.If only it was a simple as that.Controversies Around Dan Schneider's Best Known SeriesDan Schneider and Jamie Lynn SpearsHowever, as Schneider's prominence grew, so did the controversies surrounding his behaviour on set and the treatment of his young actors. Reports of an unhealthy work environment, allegations of verbal abuse, and questionable interactions with underage cast members raised significant concerns. He Told This "Zoey 101" To Change In Front Of HimZoey 101 is a popular teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The show follows the life of Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears), a teenage girl who enrolls in the previously all-boys Pacific Coast Academy and navigates the challenges of school, friendships, budding romances, and how to give a men's urinal a makeover.Finding out PCA was not a real school, and was actually just a compilation of exterior shots of Pepperdine University, was a character building moment in every 90s childhood. But it turns out, PCA tween dream was not all it was cracked up to be.Following the release of Jeanette McCurdy's memoir, actress Alexa Nikolas who played Nicole on the first two seasons of Zoey 101 has spoken out about her uncomfortable experiences with Schneider."I did not feel safe around Dan Schneider while working at Nickelodeon. Every time he came on set my body got extremely tense."- Alexa NikolasNikolas joined the cast at only 12 years old. Schneider's boundary-busting behaviour (like sitting-in on Nikolas' wardrobe fittings) was instead spun as Schneider protecting his creative choice a-la "high standards."For Nikolas those high standards were "traumatizing". In an interview with Insider, Nikolas recounts the hyper-sexualized energy on the children's television show.*trigger warning*Nikolas recalls a scene that made her deeply uncomfortable at 13-years old. In an unnamed episode, Jamie Lynn Spears had a syringe of goo squirted onto her face, that ends up drips down her in a suggestive way. According to Nikolas, Schneider found this shot amusing. The pornographic nature of this shot was apparent enough, that a male teenage cast mate was able to make the link, saying out loud "it's like a c*m shot."* Schneider defended himself by saying the substance was green, similar to Nickelodeon's well-known slime, and stated that the episode aired without any concerns raised by viewers.Nikolas was later written off the show for her behind-the-scenes feuding with Spears. She recalls Schneider pulling her into a meeting with other executives and yelling at her until she ran out and cried. Alexa Nikolas claims she felt bullied by Spears. The power imbalance was stark. Not only was Spears in a more senior position on the show (being the title character and having starred on The Amanda Show prior) but she is also pop-icon Britney Spears' younger sister.In an interview, Nikolas recalls that at 12 years old, she did not see these power imbalances as she does now. When she brought, what she perceived to be her unfair treatment, to the attention of Schneider and Nickelodeon higher ups, she was reminded "this is not Nicole 101." In 2022, Nikolas founded her initiative Eat The Predators, an activism group for minors in the entertainment industry.As a result, Nikolas was not invited to join the cast of the movie reboot: Zoey 102, streaming July 27th, 2023 on Paramount +.Nikolas was was released from her contract going into Season 3, and her character was replaced with Victoria Justice, who would, in true Schneider fashion, go on to have her own show (a version of a spin-off) Victorious.Encouraging Teen Drinking On "Victorious" Was Just The Tip of The IcebergIn 2010, Nickelodeon levelled up with its more mature show Victorious. Victorious is perhaps most notable for giving two-time Grammy winner Ariana Grande her breakout role as Cat Valentine. And while the Thank U, Next singer has stayed silent about her relationship with Schneider, Nickelodeon has come under fire for "sexualizing" and "infantalizing" young Grande in a compilation of resurfaced clips that speak for themselves. Clips include Grande pouring water on herself upside down, putting her foot in her mouth, and sticking her fingers down her throat.But Grande wasn't the only young actress they targeted in scripted scenes with pornographic undertones. Daniella Monet, who played Victoria's older sister Trina, recalled a time when she expressed concern to the network about a particular Victorious scene–in which she ate a pickle while applying lip gloss.Monet shared with executives that it felt too sexualized to air, but Nickelodeon dismissed her concerns and aired the episode anyway.While most of the Victorious cast has remained tight-lipped over the allegations of misconduct, some chose to speak out. Jennette McCurdy, who played Sam Puckett on iCarly, did not–despite being offered $300,000 to stay silent."iCarly" Is His Most Successful Show To Date—The Dark Reality of His Pride and JoyEverything we know about Schnedier's sinster behavior on the set of iCarly we initially know from Jeanette McCurdy 2022 memoir.I'm Glad My Mom Died is a moving account of McCurdy's experience growing up in a series of extremely controlling environments: being passed from her co-dependent mother to an even-more controlling Schneider.In her memoir, McCurdy's recounts the textbook pattern of abuse and gaslighting she faced at the hands of Schneider. As is the harrowing experience of most child actors, at 14, McCurdy was her family's breadwinner and exploited on either side of her paycheck. In her memoir, McCurdy looks back at the spectrum of Schneider's behaviour. She recounts moments when Schneider would massage her at work, photograph her in a bikini, and pressure her to drink alcohol when she was underage. At the same time, Schneider was hanging the prospect of McCurdy's very own spin-off show over her head. “The Creator is doing the thing that I’ve heard from my co-stars he does with every new star of a show that he’s making—he takes you under his wing. You’re his favorite...”- Jennette McCurdy, I'm Glad My Mom Died McCurdy also claimed, in the vein of clinically diagnosed narcissists everywhere, Schneider would often pit the stars of his two hit shows (iCarly and Victorious) against each other, in order to get them to do what he wanted them to do."The Victorious kids get drunk together all the time. The iCarly kids are so wholesome. We need to give you guys a little edge."- Dan Schneider to Jennette McCurdy, "I'm Glad My Mom Died"While none of McCurdy's co-stars have confirmed (or denied) her claims, they may not be at liberty to. Similar to Disney–Nickelodeon is known for making their young, naive talent sign binding NDAs. However, McCurdy's been indirectly supported by a number of Nickelodeon executives and female writers who have spoken up on Schneider's overt sexism and all around creepy behaviour.Dan Schneider Loves Feet—But Hates Women (Writers)Schneider's outright distaste for female writers is well known in the industry. Kayla Alpert a female writer on All That, relayed that on her first day, Schneider told her that women were not funny and dared her to name a single funny woman.Schneider's reps have since spoken out to say Schneider, "really likes Tina Fey." An unnamed Nickelodeon staff writer backed Alpert's claim stating Schneider once "openly stated he didn't like having female writers in the writer's room." In fact, deep diving into The Schneider's Bakery archives we see after The Amanda Show, Schneider rarely hired female writers at all. In fact his show Drake and Josh, and Zoey 101 credit a remarkable *zero* female writers. While the more progressive iCarly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat do not credit more than two women in the writers' room in the entirety of their runs.In a harrowing chain of events, writer Jenny Kilgen disclosed Schneider would force her to massage his shoulders and preform embarrassing tasks for money. Schneider allegedly pressured the writer into simulating "being sodomized" while she was telling a story about high school–because. When these claims resurfaced Nickelodeon decided it was probably time to cut the chord.Where is Dan Schneider Today?In an exclusive interview with and paraphrased by the New York Times, "[Schneider] declined to comment on the investigation. But he defended his leadership style, denied he left on bad terms, and described his departure as a natural confluence of events after an 'exhausting' period in which he delivered as many as 50 episodes of shows each year.While the jury's out on whether or not anyone's buying this, and whether or not Schneider (who's been virtually silent since the allegations dropped) will ever work again–the overall consensus is: wherever Dan Schneider is now, is a place I don't want to be.Update: Since the release of "Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV" Dan Schneider Has Broken His SilenceIn an online statement, the former Nickelodeon producer acknowledged numerous reports of inappropriate behavior shared by actors and others featured in the recent docuseries, Quiet on Set.In his video apology, Schneider urges Nickelodeon to remove questionable content from previous shows. The Lesson LearnedWhile it's easy to dismiss Schneider's influence because of his show's young target audience, in stark reality, Schneider was the head of a children's network that had a net worth of over $20 billion dollars. That's a lot of power. Under his jurisdiction, Nickelodeon became the most valuable children's cable TV network in the world. Schneider managed to make his way from actor to writer to producer to show runner over the years with little to stand in his way, and all with that big, Harvard, brain of his.It took brave and confident women, actors and writers alike, who refused to take part in his games, refused to sit quietly when they knew something was wrong, and to speak out against the man who held their pay checks in his hand. It takes strength and bravado to take on an industry Goliath. Through the strength of these women, one was taken down. Even small voices have the power to make a large impact.More From Goalcast:Why iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy Refused $300K in Hush Money to Write a Book Called ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’Bella Thorne Now: A Close Look at What Happened to the Former Disney StarWhere Are They Now: The Private Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Chris Gardner Beyond the Pursuit of Happyness: The Work Begins
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Chris Gardner Beyond the Pursuit of Happyness: The Work Begins

What comes to mind when you think of wealth? Dollar signs? A photoshoot-ready home in a highly-polished suburb? Frequent trips to exotic locations and five-star dining? Or maybe the symbol of wealth for you is a freshly-valeted Ferrari, with bright red paint you can see your reflection in, leather seats, and an exhaust mistaken for the turbo-charged thunder of a jet engine.It was a red Ferrari that mesmerized a 27-year-old struggling salesman one day in the early 80s, in a parking lot outside of San Francisco General Hospital. As the salesman was walking by, the car pulled up to the curb. Stirred by what he saw, he decided to approach the car’s owner, who was dressed to impress in a tailor-fit suit.Instinctually the salesman approached the man with two questions: “What do you do, and how do you do it?” Those two questions sparked a chain of events that led to the salesman’s rapid rise in fortune, a bestselling memoir, a Hollywood film about his life, millions in the bank, and his own Ferrari. Not any Ferrari. A Ferrari once owned by sporting legend Michael Jordan.Before the wealth and success, though, the salesman spent a year homeless on the streets of San Francisco, with his toddler son, moving between homeless shelters, park benches, and public toilets. Does the story sound familiar? The movie is The Pursuit of Happyness. And the man behind the story is Chris Gardner.Despite his rags to riches tale, money isn’t everything for Gardner. Years after the film’s conclusion, Gardner turned away from riches, and away the successful business he’d developed. After 30 years in the finance industry, a heartbreaking loss led him to take his own advice — to pursue his own version of happiness. And to inspire others to dream. A Fatherly BondWill Smith has only starred in two biographies. In 2001 he played the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Five years later, in 2006, he was playing Chris Gardner. Coincidentally, these portrayals earned Smith his only two Oscar nominations, both for Best Actor, in 2002 and 2007. In an interview with AALBC, Smith explained his reasons for choosing the role:“I saw the 20-20 piece [on ABC-TV ] on Chris' life, and the power of the story blew me away. There was a look in his eyes, a confidence, and a strength, after having traveled that journey. He personified the American Dream. It felt to me that the reason that America has been successful in this world is based on the idea that Gardner is possible.”Part of the attraction to Gardner’s story was the American Dream, combined with his unwavering care for his son, his desire to never give up. It’s hard to imagine Smith acting opposite anyone other than his real-life son, Jayden. The pair’s natural love and care shines through the screen. But Smith had to fight for Jayden to be cast, due to concerns of nepotism by executives involved in the movie.To compensate for the conflict of interest, Jayden, who was six-years-old at the time, had to audition nine times. When the studio asked for a 10th audition, the film’s director, Gabriele Muccino, put his foot down. He told producers he was “emotionally incapable” of making the film without Jayden in the role. It was a fight worthy of the character Smith was playing.To understand the fatherly bond, you have to look back in time. Gardner’s upbringing was one of violence and uncertainty. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1954, he never knew his own father. He was raised in poverty by his mother, Bettye Jean, and his stepfather, who was physically abusive. Making a vow to be the father he never had, he was committed to providing for his children and being present. His daughter Jacintha was born in 1985, after the events in the movie. Christopher Gardner Jr. was only two-years-old during the spell of homelessness.(Matt Giroux / Getty)Gardner, whose daughter had to convince him Smith was up to the task of portraying him by reminding him he played Ali, worked closely with the actor through the production and filming process. The pair enjoyed strong chemistry, which shows in Smith’s portrayal. Mirroring Gardner’s love for his son, Smith said:“Jaden and I got to spend every single day, 10 or 12 hours a day, together, working on this film and it became clear that whatever you have to offer financially doesn't matter. Whatever situation you are in, it doesn't matter. You have to be there. You have to be with your child. To be able to spend that many hours a day together, our bond took off in a way that I never imagined.”Although Gardner went on to earn his fortune — his current-day worth is estimated to be around $60 million — it was never his true motivation. His pursuit of happiness was something money couldn’t buy. Ironically, it would be years until Gardner took his own advice and turned his back on the finance industry to follow his passion.Pursuit of Happyness to Happily Ever After?When capturing someone’s life story into a film lasting a few hours, what do you include? What do you leave out? Feel-good stories often end at a moment of triumph, celebration, or redemption. Stories can’t go on forever, they have to end. The credits have to roll, the audience has to return to their lives. In the Pursuit of Happyness, the happily ever after ending packages the uncertainty of life into a neat conclusion.The immortalized story zooms in on a few years in Gardner’s life. Over two hours, we see his journey from struggling salesman, single father, homeless and broke, attempting to earn a job at a top stockbroker firm, Dean Witter Reynolds — an opportunity offered by a man in the red Ferrari, Jay Twistle (Brian Howe), who was a successful stockbroker.Before his opportunity to change career, Gardner attempts to sell medical equipment, which he’d gambled his life savings on. Growing debt and pressure to provide for his family led to the breakdown of his marriage, and eventually, his wife leaves with his son. Gardner tells his wife to return him, which he does. That’s when his financial situation escalates. Unable to pay for rent, he’s told to leave his apartment in a week’s time. The day before his internship interview, Gardner is arrested for unpaid parking fines and has to stay in prison overnight. He sprints from his cell to his interview, arriving in a vest and trainers, covered in paint from last-minute apartment renovations.Yet he charms the panel and lands the internship, only to find out it's unpaid. Dedicated to making a better life for himself, Gardner agrees. He moves to a nearby motel with his son, where he is soon kicked out for unpaid rent, leaving him on the streets. The most poignant moment comes as he and Chris Jr. spend a night sleeping rough in a public toilet.Through spells in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, Gardner keeps his homelessness secret from his colleagues, doing all he can to earn enough to impress enough to be offered a full-time role. Against all odds, Gardner makes it through his internship whilst struggling to look after his son and keep his life together. As the film approaches the conclusion, the fateful day arrives. In an emotional scene, Gardner is called into the office and offered a full-time position. With tears in his eyes, he walks the streets in disbelief, picks up his son, and walks into the sunset, as the real-life Gardner walks by.The uncertainty of life, packaged into a neat conclusion, and Gardner is set up for financial security and happiness. His first step was affording an apartment and a roof over his head, already a leap from sleeping in public toilets and homeless shelters. In 1987 Gardner founded his own firm, Gardner Rich. He became a multimillionaire. But this wasn’t happily ever after. Life goes on, after moments of triumph, celebration, redemption. Events in Gardner’s life once the credits rolled would make for an equally-compelling sequel. His biggest challenge, greatest loss, and most heroic chapter was yet to come.The ‘Y’ in happynessPursuit of Happyness is noticeable for its deliberate misspelling of the famous phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence. Gardner’s inspiration came from a daycare center he sent his son to, as shown in the film. But the meaning stretches back to a 1776 essay by a biracial man, Lemuel Haynes, who argued blacks and whites were created equal.Gardner has added his own meaning, too. The Y is about “you” — finding your unique happiness, in whatever way that looks. With that comes the responsibility to work for it, to understand what you want, and make it happen, not to rely on others, or chance. Asked in 2009 if he was happy, Gardner responded:“I am healthy. As a single parent, with a lot of help, I've raised two children that have become very special young people. And I'm doing work that reflects my values. That makes me happy. And you'll notice I did not mention movies or money. Money is the least significant aspect of wealth.”Certain facts in the movie deviated from real life. The internship paid a salary of $1,000 per month, which he spent on daycare for Chris Jr. The man in the Ferrari was Bob Bridges, not Jay Twistle. He sold various medical equipment and didn’t invest his life’s savings. Most importantly, his onscreen wife, Linda (played by Thandiwe Newton) is a combination of two women: Sherry Dyson, Gardner’s ex-wife, who he was married to between 1977 and 1987, and Jackie Medina, the mother of his two children. This creative retelling meant that another woman, Holly, wasn’t shown in the film. Yet she was the person Garnder calls “the love of my life.” And it was Holly who catalyzed his change of direction. “You can lose a house, get a new house. Lose a job, get a new job. But when you lose the person that you love more than life… that's irreplaceable,” Gardner told Goalcast in an exclusive interview.The romance started unexpectedly, on what appeared to be a normal day. “I'm on the stationary bike, and suddenly the most incredibly beautiful woman I've ever seen in my life walked into the gym. She's got no makeup. She's drenched in sweat from head to toe,” he said. But the attraction was far beyond physical. “It wasn't what she looked like — it was what I saw and felt,” he added.(Matt Giroux / Getty)Overcome by a desire to get to know her, Gardner followed the same instinct and courage that encouraged him to ask the man in the red Ferrari. Whilst that question led to his ultimate fortune, Gardner’s question to Holly led to another kind of wealth. He approached her and asked her out. “She could have said no. She could have said, I'm in a relationship. She could have said, I'm not interested. I had to know. And I'm glad I did.”In 2012, six years after the release of Pursuit of Happyness and 20 years after they met, Holly died at the age of 55. “I will never forget waking up one morning. Holly would always bring me a cup of coffee to bed. She said, ‘I have to tell you something. I'm losing my vision.’ And it wasn't the words but how she said them that made me sit up on the bed.” His fear was founded. Holly had an inoperable brain tumor.After initial denial, Gardner faced up to another level of suffering and hardship. “It has given me a new perspective on what it means to struggle. I had overcome every obstacle achieved, every goal, slayed every dragon. I had done everything that I was supposed to do in that business, started at the absolute bottom, scratched, fought, crawled, and worked to the absolute top.”“I could have continued to sit at that desk and chase some more stocks. Chase some more bonds. Chase some more deals… I could have done that, but when Holly was diagnosed, it changed everything.” Over the next four years, Gardner was Holly’s prime carer, which he calls an honor. Despite the struggle, the pair experienced moments of joy, love, and intimacy. It led to a profound change in his life. Still working tirelessly at his successful company (his work ethic is symbolized by the fact he wears two watches), Holly’s nearness to death led to a re-prioritizing of values. “She kept asking me the same question,” Gardner told Goalcast. “‘Now that we can see how truly short life can be, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?’” A Change of Direction For Chris Gardner(Matt Giroux / Getty)Before her first session of chemotherapy, Holly had a stroke and fell into a coma for months. One evening at the hospital, Gardner whispered words of reassurance in her ear. “I leaned down and I said to her ‘baby, if you want to let go, if you want to stop fighting, I'm okay, I'm gonna be okay,’”. After months of being motionless, Holly’s leg moved. Her foot caressed his arm. She died the next day.There was no going back. Although highly successful and enjoying his work, at the deepest level, Gardner wasn’t fulfilled. He quit his job the day she died. “I had to start taking some of my own advice,” he said. “I had written about it for a very long time, that if you're doing something that you're not totally committed to, that you're not totally passionate about, you're compromising yourself every day.” Turning his back on bonds, Gardner chose a new mission — to help others in their own pursuit of happiness.He started a new career as a motivational speaker and author, traveling all across the world for 200 days per year. Prior to the pandemic of 2020, Gardner was regularly speaking to crowds of thousands. “So many people around the world are now having their own pursuit of happiness moments and experiences,” he says. “Part of my journey right now is to empower others as they begin and continue to take these baby steps on the journey to their dreams.”Since Pursuit of Happyness was released in 2006, Gardner has written two more books. In 2009 he released Start Where You Are, a book filled with life lessons in how to follow a similar path of moving from the impossible to the possible, aptly answering the two questions he asked all those years ago: “what do you do, and how can I do it?”In 2021, Gardner released his third book, Permission to Dream, inspired by Holly’s death. In an attempt to answer the question, “what will you do with the time you have left?” Gardner shares the true fable of an adventure with his nine-year-old granddaughter, Brooke, and in turn how he worked on giving himself permission to dream.In between the change of career and writing, Gardner never forgot his roots and his spell of homelessness. He helped fund a $50 million project for low-income housing and job opportunities in the very same place he spent time on the streets with his son. He regularly donates clothes and shoes, and spends time volunteering in homeless shelters.This Part is Called: The HeroAll stories have to end, but you can’t help but feel Hollywood’s depiction of Gardner’s life ended prematurely. The credits roll, but Gardner didn’t stop being an inspiration. Hollywood got to see the Chris Gardner who could overcome all obstacles, to transform rags to riches. But if the chapter after the film’s events had its own title — from building his empire, caring for Holly, and choosing to change his life direction to help others — it would be “the hero.”Chris Gardner might have been immortalized for his rags to riches story. But more than anything, Gardner epitomizes a winner’s mindset. A man pursuing purpose, not profit. Gardner faced more tragedy and turmoil after the “happily ever after” his story depicted. But despite trying times, his approach to life continues to be an inspiration. Gardner is a man of value and determination, two things money can’t buy.Perhaps that’s a criticism of the movie — it captures the love he has for his son, but it emphasizes money, and success, as true wealth. Gardner sees money as the least important aspect of wealth, a perspective that only increased after Holly’s death. “I no longer connect net worth and self-worth,” he says. “What you do doesn’t determine who you are.”Gardner’s life changed that day in the parking lot, in ways he couldn’t have imagined. All it took was the courage to ask a stranger two questions, to follow his instinct. Asking a question in the gym led to 20 years of love and companionship with his wife, Holly. What questions can you ask, and where will they lead you?What opportunities are waiting for you? How can you make your own luck? How can you live a life of value, purpose, and the type of wealth that comes from within?“You can make money, you can lose money. You can't make time. How much time you got left in your life? Don't nobody know,” Gardner says. A man humbled by the raw reality of life, and what he terms “spiritual genetics” passed on by his mother, Gardner oozes as much wisdom as he does charisma. “There is no exit ramp for happiness,” he reflects. “There's no exit ramp for peace, tranquility, beauty, all those things sometimes are on this road.”In Permission to Dream, Gardner shares his idea of Atomic Time— the desire to make every minute meaningful. With time the most precious commodity, how do you choose to use it? Go after opportunities, don’t look for exit ramps, stay the course. But don’t forget that the most important part of the pursuit is to occasionally slow down, pause, reflect, and take in the scenery, enjoy atomic time. “Sometimes,” Gardner says, “the beauty is the journey.”Looking at Chris Gardner’s journey, it’s hard not to agree.

100 Powerful Motivational Quotes to Help You Rise Above
Motivation

100 Powerful Motivational Quotes to Help You Rise Above

Every member of the human race knows that life can present difficult challenges, often taking all the fun out of our day to day lives. To overcome these obstacles there are a lot of good strategies you can employ, and very often the answer lies within. One great way to dig deep and overcome your difficulties is to get motivated! You may need motivation for work, home life, or simply to gain the extra positive energy necessary to develop success and get through the week. Enjoy the inspirational quotes below, and remember that the only limit to achieving our desires is one of imagination! Create your own happy life by filling it with purpose, and you can achieve excellence and fulfill your own dreams and your own life plan on your terms.Motivational Quotes: Information to Inspire Your LifeThere Is No Greater Thing You Can Do With Your Life And Your Work Than Follow Your Passions – In A Way That Serves The World And You.RICHARD BRANSON (more Richard Branson quotes)Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.ROALD DAHLIf you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.DOLLY PARTONThe best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.HELEN KELLERLife is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it's giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness.HODA KOTBBe thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.OPRAH WINFREY (more Oprah Winfrey quotes)To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.REBA MCENTIRESuccessful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking: “What’s in it for me?”BRIAN TRACYThe biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.OPRAH WINFREYAs soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.RICHARD BRANSON"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, '"What are you doing for others?""MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (more Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes)"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."MICHAEL JORDAN"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."MAYA ANGELOU"It's not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters."MARGARET LAURENCE"Embrace the glorious mess that you are."ELIZABETH GILBERT"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."DR. SEUSS"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us."HELEN KELLER"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."CHARLES SWINDOLL"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON"Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing."WARREN BUFFETT (more Warren Buffett quotes)"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently."WARREN BUFFETT"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."DALE CARNEGIEWork for that feeling that you have accomplished something…Don’t waste your time on this earth without making a mark.JOE ROGAN"Life is not fair, get used to it!"BILL GATES"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."RALPH WALDO EMERSON"Live for each second without hesitation."ELTON JOHNWe define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures.JOE ROGAN"You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be."WAYNE DYERSuccess Quotes To Inspire and Help You Overcome RoadblocksFor some, there is only one motivation that they need, and that’s providing for their family. For others (like Elon Musk, for example) motivation can be harder to come by - especially if your goal is to move the human race forward and onto Mars!. Everyone feels like quitting at some point, and no one has all the answers. And even though it can be tempting to get under the blanket and shut out the world sometimes, quitting won’t make the challenges go away. If you give zero effort, you’ll have exactly the same number of chances at getting what you want.Use these motivational quotes for work, for your personal life, and for anything that requires that extra boost of motivation.When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.ELON MUSK (more Elon Musk quotes)Talent is god-given. Be humble. Fame is Man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.JOHN WOODENEverything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.WAYNE DYERThe Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.WINSTON CHURCHILL (more Winston Churchill quotes)If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.JACK CANFIELDWhatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.NAPOLEON HILL (more Napoleon Hill quotes)A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.TONY ROBBINS (more Tony Robbins quotes)Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.HENRY DAVID THOREAUBy recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.MARK VICTOR HANSENLife is what happens when you're busy making other plans.JOHN LENNONYou will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.CHARLES BUXTONYou cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life; at some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move.ERIC THOMASNothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.CALVIN COOLIDGEThere is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.PAULO COELHOBelieve in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.ROY T. BENNETTThe best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.SWATI SHARMAYou can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.DALE CARNEGIEI can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.JIMMY DEANNothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I’m possible'!AUDREY HEPBURN(Derek Hudson / Contributor / Getty)Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.HENRY FORDEverything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.GEORGE ADDAIRBelieve in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.NORMAN VINCENT PEALEIf you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.LES BROWNSomeone else’s success does not equal a failure for you.JOE ROGANSuccess is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.WINSTON S. CHURCHILLTry not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.ALBERT EINSTEINYour time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.STEVE JOBSDon't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.JOHN D. ROCKEFELLERThe most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.ALICE WALKERYou have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.JESSICA HERRIN, FOUNDER AND CEO OF STELLA & DOTInspirational Quotes About Persevering Through Difficulty: From Albert Einstein to Babe RuthIt may be just an opinion, but a so-called “minimum wage work ethic” will not get you want you want (or deserve!). Use the following handpicked motivational quotes to inspire you to not give up, but rather, to come through the other side and emerge as a winner!I like criticism. It makes you strong.LEBRON JAMESA person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.ALBERT EINSTEINNever give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.WINSTON CHURCHILLOur greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.THOMAS EDISONIt is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.ARISTOTLE ONASSISIt’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.VINCE LOMBARDIWhen everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.HENRY FORDIf you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.VINCENT VAN GOGHOur greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.CONFUCIUSHardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.C.S. LEWISWhen you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELTIt always seems impossible until it’s done.NELSON MANDELAThe greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.NELSON MANDELAHard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.BOB RILEYStrength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.MAHATMA GANDHIYou’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.JOEL OSTEENEvery problem is a gift –- without problems we would not grow.TONY ROBBINSTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.MARK TWAIN (more Mark Twain quotes)Believe you can and you’re halfway there.THEODORE ROOSEVELTIt’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.JILLIAN MICHAELSThe man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.CONFUCIUSNever give up. You only get one life. Go for it!RICHARD E. GRANTYou just can’t beat the person who never gives up.BABE RUTHIf you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.TONY ROBBINSIt is never too late to be what you might have been.GEORGE ELIOTYou don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.RICHARD BRANSONOnly those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.ROBERT F. KENNEDYMotivational Quotes for Women - From Eleanor Roosevelt to Lady GagaWe all look forward to strong, successful and independent women. But have you ever wondered how they managed to become strong and successful? Here are some motivational quotes about success for you to achieve your ambitious goals from some of the most impressive women throughout history.If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.MARGARET MEAD (more Margaret Mead quotes)Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.CELINE DIONDo all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.HILLARY CLINTONNever give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.HARRIET BEECHER STOWEI've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet.LADY GAGA (more Lady Gaga quotes)Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.JOAN CRAWFORDFame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.VANNA BONTAOptimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.HELEN KELLERMy mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.RUTH BADER GINSBERGHappiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.MANDY HALEWith the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.ELEANOR ROOSEVELTWithout an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.MARTHA STEWARTIf you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.ANITA RODDICKThe most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.AMELIA EARHARTWe may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.MAYA ANGELOUFearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me. ARIANNA HUFFINGTONLife is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.VIVIAN GREENEBelieve in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.CHANTAL SUTHERLANDWe don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.BARBARA DE ANGELISI may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.CATHERINE THE GREATNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.ELEANOR ROOSEVELTA woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.DIANE MARIECHILDWhatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.CHARLOTTE WHITTONI want to do is because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.AMELIA EARHARTSome women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.LADY GAGAAny woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.MARGARET THATCHER (more Margaret Thatcher quotes)Motivational Quotes for Business Starting a business is tough, but if you want to change the world and make money while you’re at it, you might need some inspirational quotes and motivational quotes to get you going. You can not only plan to be a success, you can plan to succeed beyond your wildest dreams! Who knows – you could be the next Steve Jobs! Let these quotes for business inspire you, remind you of why you started in the first place, and get you out of your comfort zone.Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.GEORGE HERBERTYou don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.ZIG ZIGLARLife is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.HELLEN KELLERPlay by the rules, but be ferocious.PHIL KNIGHTEvery problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.ANTHONY ROBBINSYou only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.WARREN BUFFETTSuccess usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.HENRY DAVID THOREAUAnd the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.ANAÏS NINYou cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life; at some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move.ERIC THOMASDon’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.ASHTON KUTCHERTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.MARK TWAINPress forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.GEORGE WHITEFIELDWhen you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.JIM ROHNFortune always favours the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.P. T. BARNUMMany of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.THOMAS A. EDISONMost of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.DALE CARNEGIEWhen obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.ZIG ZIGLARSuccess is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.PELECharacter cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.HELEN KELLERSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.WINSTON CHURCHILLI am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.STEPHEN COVEYThe road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.COLIN R. DAVISOpportunities don't happen. You create them.CHRIS GROSSERIt is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.HERMAN MELVILLEI’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.MICHAEL JORDANBusiness opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.RICHARD BRANSONThere are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.COLIN POWELLThe only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.VIDAL SASSOONThere’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.SETH GODINMotivational Quotes for College Students - Quotes About Life in School and BeyondBeing a college student is stressful. After all, preparing for the real world is not an easy job! We can all use a little bit of help getting through, so check out these motivational quotes about life to keep you resilient.A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.NELSON MANDELA(Gideon Mendel / Getty)Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.OG MANDINOIt never gets easier. You just get better.JORDAN HOECHLINThe true success is the person who invented himself.AL GOLDSTEINAll progress takes place outside the comfort zone.MICHAEL JOHN BOBAKMake the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.RALPH WALDO EMERSONDefiniteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.W. CLEMENT STONEThe future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELTLittle minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.WASHINGTON IRVINGReal difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.THEODORE N. VAILWith realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.Dalai LamaBelieve in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.CHRISTIAN D. LARSONAll our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.WALT DISNEYIt does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.CONFUCIUSEvery problem is a gift –- without problems we would not grow.TONY ROBBINSDon’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.JIM ROHNTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.MARK TWAINChallenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.JOSHUA MARINELearn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.DENIS WAITLEYBelieve you can and you’re halfway there.THEODORE ROOSEVELTIt’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.JILLIAN MICHAELSIt is never too late to be what you might have been.GEORGE ELIOTYou don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.RICHARD BRANSONCollege is the reward for surviving high school.JUDD APATOWEducation is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.MALCOLM XEvery year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.JOHN GREENStriving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you haven't planted.DAVID BLYCollege inspired me to think differently. It's like no other time in your life.LARA OLEYNIKMotivational Quotes from CelebritiesEveryone looks for a little wisdom and inspiration now and then, even celebrities. Here are some of the top motivational quotes from celebrities to push you forward on your journey to success. Allow these inspirational quotes to fill your mind with clarity and purpose, straight from Hollywood.You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.GEORGE CLOONEYDon’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.ASHTON KUTCHERLove yourself first and everything else falls into line.LUCILLE BALLDon't give it five minutes if you're not going to give it five years.MEGHAN MARKLE​Every day is not a success. Every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.REESE WITHERSPOONSuccess is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.COCO CHANELI refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.KANYE WESTLife is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.KARL WALLENDALife is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.DENIS WAITLEYIt is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.J.K. ROWLINGWhen you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.ELLEN DEGENERES Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.CELINE DIONStick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.MARK RUFFALOI'd rather be called a boy and play with paper airplanes than be called a man and play with a girl's heart.NIALL HORANI don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.GEORGE CLOONEYThe image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.ELVIS PRESLEYI've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet.LADY GAGAAny actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.JOAN CRAWFORDFame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.VANNA BONTAYour imperfections make you beautiful, they make you who you are. So just be yourself, love yourself for who you are and just keep going.DEMI LOVATONo matter how talented you are, not everybody is going to like you. But that’s life, just stay strong.JUSTIN BIEBERDon’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.EMMA WATSONIf you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.LEONARDO DICAPRIOIgnore the naysayers. Really the only option is, head down and focus on the job.CHRIS PINEI’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.RYAN GOSLINGI can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.EMMA STONEI’m a big believer in accepting yourself and not really worrying about it.JENNIFER LAWRENCEI don’t do things for the response or the controversy. I just live my life.RIHANNAMotivational Quotes for EntrepreneursPlanting a sapling and starting your own business are similar in terms of growth. First, you need to invest money and time. Then, gently taking care of your new project, you must build with no expectations in return. During the entrepreneurial journey, you may require constant motivation. Here is a collection of motivational quotes for entrepreneurs to help you keep the fires burning bright. Hopefully, these inspirational quotes will help you so that you never lose the passion you need to succeed.I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.ESTÉE LAUDERDon’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.KEVIN ROSE, CO-FOUNDED DIGGThink big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life is too short to think small.TIM FERRISSI owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.G.K. CHESTERTONI don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.SUSAN BUTCHERFar and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.THEODORE ROOSEVELTIf you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.STEVE JOBSAlmost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.CHRIS HADFIELDEven if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.WILL RODGERSThe real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.BARACK OBAMAWinners never quit and quitters never win.VINCE LOMBARDIThe first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.ANDREW CARNEGIEThe way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.WALT DISNEYSuccess depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.DIVINE NDHLUKULA, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DDNS SECURITY OPERATIONS LTDLimitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.JAMIE PAOLINETTIDo not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.CASSEY HO, FOUNDER OF BLOGILATES.COMYou have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.JESSICA HERRIN, FOUNDER AND CEO OF STELLA & DOTIn the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.ALEXANDER ASSEILY, FOUNDER OF JAWBONEIf you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.JENI BRITTON BAUERDon’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.CHIEU CAOIt’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.NIGEL DAVIES, FOUNDER OF CLAROMENTISDon’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.JAS BAGNIEWSKI, CO-FOUNDER OF EVE SLEEPYou have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.LEILA JANAH, FOUNDER OF SAMASOURCE AND LXMIYour ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success.CLARA SHIH, CO-FOUNDER OF HEARSAY SYSTEMSMy advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.SHEILA LIRIO MARCELO, FOUNDER OF CARE.COMIf you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CO-FOUNDER OF ELLEVESTBe nicer to your customers than your competitors.RICHARD REED, CO-FOUNDER OF INNOCENT DRINKS

Police Officer Adopts Severely Abused 8-Year-Old Boy After Rescuing Him From Captors
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Police Officer Adopts Severely Abused 8-Year-Old Boy After Rescuing Him From Captors

The policeman's kind act is a lesson in the power of compassion.In 2015, Oklahoma Officer Jody Thompson overheard a dispatch of a case of child abuse and rushed to the scene despite being off duty. In 16 years on the force, he'd responded to plenty of child abuse calls, but this one absolutely shocked him.When he arrived, he found a severely underweight boy submerged in a trash can full of cold water. The boy's wrists were bound by belts and he had bruises head-to-toe."He did not have a spot on his body that didn't have a bruise or abrasion," Thompson told CBS News in a 2017 story. "It was the worst thing I've ever seen."Thompson drove the boy, John, to the Oklahoma Children's Advocacy Center to take photos and then to the emergency room. "I sat with him," Thompson said. "And when he was admitted into the intensive care unit, I sat all night until the next day."John realized then and there that he wanted to take care of this child."When I'd seen him in that house shivering and his hands tied -- just soaking wet and confused -- I knew at that moment the only time I would be satisfied and sure that he was safe is if he was with me," Thompson said.Three kids in two yearsA day later, Thompson registered to be a foster parent and a couple of days after that he was able to bring the boy home.Thompson already had two kids, 15 and 8, but when he came home with John he didn't tell them or his wife, but they understood that it was the right thing to do. "Everyone knew... they trusted I was doing the right thing before they even knew what happened and heard the story," he told CBS News.Two days later, John's wife found out she was pregnant with their third biological son. But the family kept growing. Seven months after that, John's mother had given birth to a baby girl while in prison. Officials asked the Thompsons if they would foster her. They agreed and officially adopted both John and Paizley on February 16, 2017."We literally picked her up in the hospital the next day when she was a day old and brought her straight home," Thompson said. "Never in my life did I dream of having a large family, but God had different plans and so here we are. And I'm loving it all."Jody Thompson'You never know what you're going to walk into'In a statement posted to Facebook, Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen commended Thompson for his actions. "Jody's actions as well has his families are second to none. The example of love and compassion he has shown to this young man and his sister is an example everyone should follow," he said. "It's men like you that make me proud of our law enforcement brothers and sisters. You are very deserving of this commendation. I am proud to serve with you."As for Thompson, he said his actions should be taken as a lesson for other challenges in life."We went through something bad, but we're not going got let it define who were are. We're not going to let this hold us back," he told CBS News. "Always have compassion, you never know what you're going to walk into."Jody ThompsonCalled to compassionHaving one new child is a lot, let alone three in two years! But the Thompsons knew they'd been literally called to action and chose to be compassionate. For that, they are heroic.More uplifting stories:Police Officer Adopts Abused Toddler After Rescuing Her From Unsafe HomeFirefighter Adopts Baby Girl After Delivering Her And Learning Mom Couldn’t Keep HerDomestic Abuse Survivor Marries The First Responder Who Saved Her LifeBrooklyn Landlord Cancels Rent For Hundreds Of Tenants, Setting An Unprecedented Example For Others

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Lamar Odom Regrets Choosing Khloe Kardashian Over Taraji P Henson
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Lamar Odom Regrets Choosing Khloe Kardashian Over Taraji P Henson

Lamar Odom's high-profile marriage and divorce to Khloe Kardashian overshadowed his previous relationship with Taraji P. Henson, a fact unknown to many. 10 years later, despite Odom's regret over choosing Kardashian over Henson, she has remained silent. Should Henson consider reconciling with Odom?

Did All The Break Ups Lead Jennifer Lopez To Her True Love?
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Did All The Break Ups Lead Jennifer Lopez To Her True Love?

After her family's breakup, Jennifer Lopez faced devastation but found strength in gratitude and self-reflection. At 40, she embraced a deeper appreciation for life's blessings, especially love. Her relationship with Alex Rodriguez blossomed, fueled by a shared understanding of life's value and the profound connection they shared. What really made Jennifer fall for Alex?

Liam Neeson Left His Son After Losing Wife Natasha Richardson
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Liam Neeson Left His Son After Losing Wife Natasha Richardson

Following the tragic loss of his wife Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson found solace in work, immersing himself in acting to cope with profound grief. Despite prioritizing family, he struggled to be present for his son during this tumultuous period. However, an opportunity arose to reconcile when Neeson reached out to his son, Michael Richardson, offering him a role in "Made In Italy," ultimately bringing them closer together and facilitating healing.

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Why Setting Relationship Goals Is Important - And How to Do It

Ever wondered how power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z keep their love alive for 16 years? Hint: luck has nothing to do with it. If you've been blaming your failed relationships on "the wrong person"—think again. It may be time to reconsider who is really at fault.

They've Been Divorced for 27 Years, but When His Ex-wife Got Sick, He Was the First to Step Up
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They've Been Divorced for 27 Years, but When His Ex-wife Got Sick, He Was the First to Step Up

When couples get divorced, most exes shut the door, lock it, and throw away the key. It's not just the end of a chapter, it's the end of the whole dang book.But for Megan Tai's parents, divorce, as it turns out, wasn't the end of their story.Nearly THREE DECADES later, her dad walked back into her mom's life after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 endometrial cancer. He didn't just show up. He stayed; honoring old love, loyalty, and vows at a time when she needed it the most. A Cancer Diagnosis Brings Love Back AroundMegan's parents met more than 30 years ago in California. Her father, originally from Hawaii, was stationed there during his time in the military.They fell in love and had two children, Megan and her older brother. Shortly after Megan's birth, the couple separated. Her dad returned to Hawaii and her mom became a single parent, raising the kids on her elementary school teacher salary.For more than 20 years, they lived completely separate lives. And then came a devastating cancer diagnosis."Fast forward 20+ years later to my mother's diagnosis - my father was one of the first people by her side when she was released from the hospital."Megan Tai via GoFundMeMegan, who works full-time in domestic violence services and is also a graduate student studying Marriage and Family Therapy, moved back in with her mom to help.Overwhelmed with trying to take care of her mom alongside keeping up with her work AND school, Megan was struggling.So, her dad stepped up. In an incredible act of love, he left his life in Hawaii, hopped a flight back to California and moved in. TikTok Video Goes ViralIn a gutwrenching TikTok clip, Megan shares snippets of her parents battling cancer...together.It may only be 20-seconds long, but boy, it packs a punch. She captions it: "POV: Ur parents have been divorced for 20+ years and ur dad's still the first one there when your mom gets diagnosed w Stage 4 cancer."In the video, Megan's dad lovingly helps his ex with her exercises, spots her going up the stairs, and keeps her company, reading with her and playing video games. Take a look:According to Megan's GoFundMe, this is the first time in her 27 years that she's seen her parents live together under one roof. "He did everything - helped her exercise (even when she felt like she couldn't), cooked her meals, took her out on drives, picked up her medications, and so much more," Megan writes. "They talked for hours. They bickered like they were still married. They laughed.""They helped me see them as they were when they were younger."Megan TaiAnd in doing so, not only did they work on healing her mom, but it also helped to heal a lot of childhood trauma for their daughter.Reaction to the VideoSo far, the video has garnered a staggering 8.1 MILLION views in just one week. Because...LOVE. And while they may not be IN love with each other, it's clear that despite everything, love remains.And it turns out, these exes aren't the only ones to honor a life and love they once shared. A number of people came forth to share their own stories. "My parents divorced 30 years ago and when my mom was on her death bed, my dad came to visit her often with goodies and they told each other they loved each other," wrote Hi_Dee Aye.MVP10210 commented, "My father held her hand when she passed. They were so close. Divorced 25 yrs by that point. Never saw my father cry ever until that woman died.""Parents divorced 20+ years too. Dad was hospitalized 2 weeks, my mom insisted he come stay with her after he was released so he wasn’t alone during recovery. It really is beautiful," said Lon."I took care of my ex-husband during hospice. I loved the life and children he gave me. I owed it to him," shared Brenda Carmichael Da.Enduring Bond of FamilySometimes people just don't fit as a couple and marriages end. But as Megan's parents prove, that doesn't mean that the love just ends with it. No matter how their marriage ended, at some point in their lives, Megan's parents obviously loved each other very much — and that love still counts for something. Even 20-plus years later.As one commenter so aptly put it, "Love has so many forms. This one is pretty freaking great."And it's a powerful testament to the enduring nature of love and the lasting impact it can have.Ultimately, Megan's parents' story serves as a poignant reminder that while marriages may end, the unbreakable bond of family always remains.More from Goalcast:Man Takes Care of the Bills for 4 Decades – After He Passes Away, His Wife Makes an Incredible DiscoveryWoman Has a Dream About the Same Baby for Months – Fights to Adopt Her Husband’s Dead Ex-wife’s SonTeen With Cancer Invites Taylor Swift to His Prom but She Rejects It – Then She Does This

Woman Stops Visiting Her Baby Daughter in the Hospital - So the Married Nurses Taking Care of Her Take Her In
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Woman Stops Visiting Her Baby Daughter in the Hospital - So the Married Nurses Taking Care of Her Take Her In

Taylor and Drew Deras have a special place in their hearts for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Not only is it where they both work as registered nurses, but it's also where they met and fell in love. And now? It's where they found their family too, adopting a little girl, Ella, who was once one of their patients. On the Brink of SurvivalElla was only 1 pound, 2 ounces when she was born in May 2021. A micro-preemie, she was roughly the size of a mango.Born months before her due date, at 23 weeks and one day, she faced a long stay in the NICU, and even then, her odds of survival were low. Knowing her complex health challenges, Taylor immediately signed up to be her consistent caregiver. Unable to breathe on her own, Ella spent months on a ventilator. "She was intubated for multiple months at a time," Taylor told ABC News. "She was just very sick. There [were] times where the doctors would tell us, 'Watch her. I don't know if she'll make it through the night tonight.'" Miraculously Ella survived. By the summer of 2021, Ella required less oxygen and was drinking from a bottle. Her biological mother, who was in her early twenties, started working more and visiting less. Unable to cope with Ella's complex medical needs, eventually she just stopped visiting altogether.In December 2021, Ella became a ward of the state. Becoming Foster Parents to a Medically Fragile ChildBy this time, Ella had spent eight months in the NICU and both Taylor and Drew had fallen in love with the tiny fighter. They both spent hours with her, holding her and reading to her. Terrified about what would happen to the medically fragile girl in the foster system, the couple made a bold choice. They reached out to Ella's social worker and asked to be her foster parents. “When Ella’s biological mom heard we were interested in fostering, she said, ‘I want Ella to go to you,’” Taylor said. “She trusted us with her."But Ella wasn't out of the woods yet. Just as the couple were preparing to bring her home, Ella's health took a nose dive. The left side of her heart was failing. Instead of going home, Ella was rushed to the Children's Nebraska.She needed a tracheostomy — a surgically created hole in her windpipe that provides an alternative airway for breathing. As a result, she could no longer eat on her own but had to be fed through a tube in her stomach.It also meant she would require round-the-clock care. Already committed, the couple refused to back out. "As a foster parent, it was just like, the guard that you had prior to protect yourself of not falling in love with someone else's child, it just fizzled away, and you're just like, 'OK, this child needs me and I need them,'" Drew said.Ella Comes HomeOn April 7, 2022, Ella finally came home. Because of her special medical needs, the couple had to hire a nurse to be with her when they couldn't. That summer, Ella's biological parents relinquished all parental rights. And on November 18, 2023, National Adoption Day, Ella, now two years old, came home...for good.In front of a crowd of 40 family and friends, Ella became Ella Deras. And Taylor and Drew officially became “mama” and “dad.”After the judge announced Ella’s new name, the courtroom was quiet. “All you could hear was Ella go, ‘Yay.’ It’s the one thing that brings me to tears every time.”Drew DerasToday, Ella is thriving. With the help of a number of therapists and specialists, she's meeting all her milestones. "Now, she's walking and talking and meeting developmental milestones that a 2-year-old would do. And she'll start preschool in the fall," Taylor shared.It Was Meant to BeTaylor believes it was all part of God's master plan. "There's no other way," she said. There isn't just one road to parenthood. Families come in all shapes and sizes and through all different means. For Taylor and Drew, their family came together when they least expected it and in a way they never saw coming. But now? They can't imagine life without their little Ella. "We just feel lucky that it gets to be for the rest of her life," Drew said. "We just love her so much."More from Goalcast:Man Finds Out His Ex-girlfriend Wants to Put Their Daughter Up for Adoption – Flies Across the World to Stop ItNurse Notices No One Shows Up to Take Care of 14-Year-Old and Her Triplets – So She Adopts Them AllSingle Man Adopts Sick Baby With No Parents – He Grows Up to Make History

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Dan Lok | My Hero is My Teacher
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Dan Lok | My Hero is My Teacher

Dan Lok - Believe In Kids Entrepreneur and author Dan Lok shares a life-changing moment with his teacher Ms. Fallon who saw in him the potential he never saw in himself. This is a story about the power of teachers. Transcript: I got bullied. I wasn't good at communicating with people. I was very afraid because I couldn't speak a word of English. At the time I remember I had to deliver a little speech in order to pass the class. You know, to get the grades. And every time I had to give a presentation, anything like that, I would skip the class because I was so afraid. I would just hide in the bathroom because I didn't want to be found. And Ms. Feldon saw that. She was like, "Well, what are you doing, Dan? You need to do your speech." And I said, "Ms. Feldon, I can't do it. I'm so afraid. I'm so scared. I have stage fright." And she said, "You know what? If you don't do the speech, I cannot let you pass." She said, "Why don't you come to my office after class and I will help you. I will coach you." And she did. And she was helping me overcome some of my shyness. Speaker 1: I still remember I was very nervous. My palms were all sweaty and my face grew pale, and I did it! She let me pass. And she was the first one to believe in me that, "Hey, you know what? You can do better. Don't let the circumstances hold you back." And she took the time. That's very important. Fast-forward many, many, many years later, walked right into school. I said, "I've come to thank you." She said, "For what?" And I told her the whole story. Remember back then? And she said, "Yeah, of course I remember!" Right? And she said, "I always saw something in you. That you've got potential, you're a great kid." And I gave her two books and she was shocked. "What is this?" I said, "I wrote these two books." And so she was very, very emotional. That was a very special experience. Speaker 1: As a teacher myself, to so many people, young people, entrepreneurs around the world, I understand the impact that you could have on somebody by one gesture, one encouragement, one quote, one story. Spending a little bit more time with a kid after school just giving him a little bit of encouragement. She believed in me. And I think people underestimate the power of having someone believe in you more than you believe in yourself.

My Life Online Workshop | Two Questions to End Bullying for Good
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My Life Online Workshop | Two Questions to End Bullying for Good

My Life Online Workshop - Be Kind Online Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will ‘always’ hurt me. What if we lived in a world where online haters and trolls magically turned into your own motivational guru? This simple 2-question test makes that world possible. Transcript: You are sick. Get help. You're retarded. Then Keairra says, "O.M.G." At which point, Emma goes, "Don't you ever brush your teeth? I bet the camera is dying of your breath and oh my god I can't say more. There's so much more things about you like your ugliness." Then Zoe says, "Okay, please don't post videos. Please." Now just pay attention to how this room feels right now. Behind that screen, is a real human being with emotions, with feelings, with hopes, goals and dreams. There's this huge thing that will either hurt your chances or help your chances of making it all happen. We're talking about your life online. Let's say that someone in this very room wants to be in the NHL, because I'm a coach. In this day and age, you can hop on Google, look up your name and you happened to be someone named Zoran. And I see that Zoran once upon a time put a comment underneath a video that said, "Child, you are sick. Get help! You're retarded." Do you think that in this moment, for me, someone who can give you an opportunity to do something you want in life, I would keep him or cut him? The fact that I would probably cut this dude before he's even been told he's on the team, is exactly why you have an incredible opportunity. Because if you want to hurt yourself and others, hey, online, great place to do it. So this is an example of someone who might have never even known they were going to get the best opportunity possible to achieve their goals, to maybe get that dream job, to go all the places they want to go. They might never know they lost that opportunity over a simple comment. We don't say this to scare you. We say this to excite you. We say this to get you motivated and inspired and empowered to approach your life online in a way that actually relates to all the things you say you want to achieve in life. Here we go. I've got a post ready to go. I get to ask myself a couple questions. What's the first question? Is it... True. And if it's not true, what do I do? Don't post it. But if it is true, what do I do? And the second question is it... Kind. Is it... Kind. And if it's not kind, what do I do? Don't post it. We're not dealing with cell phones. We're not dealing with Ipads. We're not dealing with someone on the screen. We're dealing with an actual human being. This program belongs in every, single classroom that's out there. Your life online can help become a veterinarian. Help learn a language. Help meet amazing people. What do you want to say to the world? Live your life online, in a way that helps you get all of those things that you say you want in life. So the question becomes, who do you want to be?

Life Advice from Who's Been Through Everything
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Life Advice from Who's Been Through Everything

Look UpIn this motivational video, these seniors tell you how to live your best life one mistake at a time. Learn from their mistakes. They're life-changing.Transcript:I don't look back on the tragedies that I have went through in my life; jail, drugs, liquor.I don't put those labels on myself anymore, because I have found that I have more love and respect for myself to carry me through anything.Yeah, I've been in prison most of my life, half my life.My life has just been disfunction. The last 30 years I've spent downtown Los Angeles on Skid Row.I was one that was homeless at one time.And when we feel that way, we give up on life, and when we give up on life it destroys our spirit.But I did not go, you know, you can go to the left or go to the right, I went to the right. I didn't wanna spend my whole life in there.So there are gonna be struggles in life, I mean that's life, and that's how life is presented to every individual that's on earth.Because nothing turns out in your mind how you think they're supposed to be. Open your eyes, open your heart, look at things exactly the way they are.Just listen to your heart and head. As long as your heart and head are together, then you're whole.Try to find somebody that you can talk to about anything.Don't be shy, just ask for help if you need it.And I try to be a happy person, I'm a giving person, and I get back in return.The night I got out, they told me I was gonna get out after 18 years, and I got on my hands and knees and I asked God, please let me have a better life than I had before I came in. And he gave it to me.I don't care how much street life you have, it's nothing. The real game is education, and that's what I want.You have to grow up in your mind, you have to know and understand what you've been taught.Don't be a follower, be a listener and a learner.Go to school, get your education, I did not do that, I ended up doing drugs.You learn and you move on, and you use those type of experiences as strength in your struggle and doing more positive things in life and not making those same mistakes again.I really admired the kids yesterday and watched them turning all over the country, marching. Keep it up, don't stop.That special prayer that I had for the state of the world. I just live day by day.Time to take action, give up your apathy, get involved, that's my advice.Don't let anybody tell you what you can't achieve, you can achieve anything you want, if you want it bad enough. Never surround yourself with negativity. Shy away from negativity at all cost, because that is the very root that will continue to have you down. Don't look down, always, always look up.