Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.
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.
I’m black, I don’t feel burdened by it and I don’t think it’s a huge responsibility. It’s part of who I am. It does not define me.
I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.
What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.
I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Be 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.
As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That’s the truth.
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.
She is the mother I never had, she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.
What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.