"The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free." — Oprah Winfrey, CEO, Harpo Productions & Oprah Winfrey Network
"I believe in destiny. But I also believe that you can’t just sit back and let destiny happen. A lot of times, an opportunity might fall into your lap, but you have to be ready for that opportunity. You can’t sit there waiting on it. A lot of times you are going to have to get out there and make it happen." — Spike Lee, CEO, Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks
I know many members of our community steer clear of Wall Street because of the perception that the stock market is risky, but I am convinced the biggest risk of all is not taking one. — Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Capital Management L.L.C./Ariel Mutual Funds
"You can’t be a hero and a victim at the same time". — Derek T. Dingle, Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise Magazine
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” -— Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut
"To have a successful career, you have to approach it as an entrepreneur, even if you are working for someone else. Your career is your own private business. You have to market yourself and your abilities and knowledge just as you would a product or service." —Earl G. Graves Sr. , Founder & Publisher, Black Enterprise
"Dedicate yourself to a core set of values. Without them, you will never be able to find personal fulfillment, and you will never be able to lead effectively." —Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO, American Express Co.
"Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all." —Jay-Z, Musician & Founder, Tidal
“The most important thing is to stay focused and keep your vision. At the end of the day, you are the one that lives and breathes this and does this every day and you will know best.” — Lisa Price, Founder, Carol's Daughter
“I’ve always been attracted to jobs that challenged me - jobs where I could learn both personally and professionally,” — Orlando Ashford, President of Talent Business Segment, Mercer.
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