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Contributing Authors Interviewed on CNN Radio News

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Contributing Authors Interviewed on CNN Radio News

Raven Blair Davis, hosted interviews with Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, Kay Presto, and Sheryl Roush, last week for her Radio Show that aired on CNN 650 Radio News!

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez is the co-author of the Heart of a Military Woman book with Sheryl Roush, and Kay Presto, an outstanding photojournalist, is published in several of the Heart Book Series books plus the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Sheryl Roush, shares tips from behind-the-scenes from her 6-title Heart Book Series including Heart of a Mother, Heart of a Woman, Heart of the Holidays, Corazon de Mujer, setting up book signings, creating marketing pieces and more.

You will personally enjoy the interviews, and the depth of the dialogue, whether you are published in the series, or if you are published on your own, and want tips on marketing, publishing, advertising, public relations and much, much more! These are LOADED with ideas!

Download the Mp3 files, and listen to them at your convenience!

Feel free to contact any of us for more information, or to be interviewed by Raven in the future, as I left the email addresses intact.

Blessings to You!
Sheryl Roush
Inspirational Female Speaker
Sparkle Presentations, Inc.


From: Raven Blair Davis <>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
To: Sheryl Roush <>,
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez <>,
Kay Presto <>

Thanks so much ladies for sharing from the heart….I appreciate you much!

Below are the links to your interviews…….have a beautiful day!

Interview with Sheryl Roush:

Interview with Eldonna Lewis Fernandez and Kay Presto:

Raven Blair Davis
Executive Producer/Host

Empowering women over 40 to go for their dreams and visions – "Life is just beginning!"

To hear empowering and inspiring interviews of Unstoppable Women of Power, click here:


December 12 BOOK SIGNING EVENT at Borders Eastlake

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Heart Book Series Contributors Autograph December 12, 2009 at Borders Eastlake, Chula Vista, California


Sheryl Roush and contributors to the Heart of a Woman, Heart of a Mother, Heart of the Holidays, Corazón de MujerHeart of a Woman in Business, and the brand new Veterans Day release of Heart of a Military Woman books will be autographing copies on Saturday, December 12, from 2:00-5:00pm at BORDERS bookstore in Eastlake of Chula Vista, San Diego, California.

More than a book signing, contributors will READ THEIR original STORY, TRIBUTE, or POEM to shoppers in English and in Spanish!

Author and professional speaker, Sheryl Roush gives presentations around the globe, at conferences and for corporations, helping to rekindle the spirit, raise the bar, and create excitement. Her gift for inspiring touches hearts and offers a positive outlook on daily life. A native San Diegan–and born in Chula Vista–she was crowned “Ms. Heart of San Diego” (twice) for contributions to our community.

Contributors at book reading and signing event include:
Loni Anderson
Sarah Arnold
Kathi Burns
Dharlene Fahl-Brittian
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Jan Mills (Canada)
Darcy Lovgren Pavich
Beverly Roush
Sheryl Roush
Laura Rubinstein
Seth Sherwood-Flores
Gina Simmons
Lyn White

COME MEET THESE AUTHORS and have your books personally autographed!

Perfect for holiday gifts people will keep, read and cherish!

Eastlake Chula Vista

878 Eastlake Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91914
Store Phone: 619.482.9883

Hospitality HR Professionals Address Current Issues

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Hospitality HR Professionals Address Current Issues
September 17, 2009

Today’s meeting of the HHRA, Hospitality Human Resources Association, is being hosted at the Omni San Diego, at 675 L Street in San Diego, California in the Fourth Floor Ballroom, hosted by Anthony Belef, Omni’s Director of Human Resources.

The program features speaker Sheryl Roush of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., who was voted HHRA’s 2008 Vendor of Choice. Sheryl is back by popular request from their 2009 First Quarter meeting where she presented Sparkle-Tude!® offering workplace strategies to boost morale, and retain quality employees, even during this current challenging economy. She is the author of 12 books including Heart of a Woman in Business: Stories, Strategies and Skills for Business Success.

Carla Martinez of Ferguson McClure & Associates, an award winning bilingual benefits consultant, will share what her elite hospitality industry clients are doing in terms of motivating employees, hiring smart and helping their property stand out in these tough economic times. Her partners Ed McClure and Brian Ferguson will share their experience of helping businesses become more competitive.

Sheryl Roush will then facilitate the main part of this session leading roundtable discussions where participants share what they are doing at their hotel and resort properties. Each participant will take away an idea which they write down on a provided idea card to implement within this upcoming week. Each participant will receive a resource binder with helpful ideas on the topic. A grand prize of a 2-Hour tailored training with Sheryl Roush will be awarded.

Ferguson McClure & Associates
Carla Martinez, Ed McClure & Brian Ferguson
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 110, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Sparkle Presentations, Inc.
Sheryl Roush, Speaker, Trainer
P.O. Box 2373, La Mesa, CA 91943

Women Step Up as Men Lose Jobs

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Women Step Up as Men Lose Jobs

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — At first glance, the scene radiates domestic bliss.
March 20, 2009

Click USA Today link and story here.

Caitlin Lawson, 17, races into the dining room to report that she has been accepted at her favorite state college. Alex Lawson, 49, a longtime auto sales executive, wraps his daughter in a bear hug. Beaming nearby is mom Antonia, 50, aka "Tuppy," whose colorful works of ceramic art fill the family’s immaculate suburban home.

But like many images in these ruthless times, this picture deceives.

The Lawson home is spotless because it’s for sale so they can reduce their debt. Alex has been unemployed for nearly a year; in January, he had a stress-induced stroke. Tuppy became the financial head of household overnight: She has abandoned her decade-in-the-making art career and taken a sales job at the local Apple store to keep her brood, which includes another daughter in college, solvent.

"It’s all so bizarre," says Tuppy, head tilted, looking like someone who has just been told the moon really is made out of cheese. "But I’m going to do what I have to do, and do it the best I can."

Throughout the USA, moms such as Tuppy are rushing to the helm of the family ship.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
67% of women with children under 18 work
and women make up 46% of the labor pool.

But this recession could soon make women a majority of America’s workforce: 82% of the 2.5 million jobs lost since November were held by men.

Behind that cold statistic is an often heated rearrangement of the family dynamic. With gender roles and responsibilities being radically redefined, wives now face the pressure inherent in being the sole breadwinner while also retaining their household responsibilities. Meanwhile, husbands must reconstruct their definition of contributing to the family enterprise, often swapping a paycheck for a broom.

Working mothers — and just a few fathers, as many declined to talk — reveal equal parts pride in leaping into the breach, and frustration that things have come to this. Some express relief at seeing a husband develop new at-home skills; others despair when a spouse simply shuts down.

What all of them exude is an ability to focus uncomplainingly on taking care of business.

"Times are a-changing, and you got to roll with the times," says Christina Fekas-Gorman, 34, of San Diego, a secretary in the county offices who recycles cans for cash to cover staples such as diapers for 2-year-old Zoe.

Husband Sean was laid off from a pool repair company a year ago and quickly sank into depression. The couple fought a lot, and he moved out.

"I felt like, ‘I cook, I clean, I shop, and now I’m the only one with a job?’ " she says. "That got physically and mentally draining real fast. He apologized and came back home."

A silver lining?

Some observers say the recession could benefit women’s march toward social equality.

"How interesting that four months of a terrible economy could in a way prove to have more impact than four decades of feminism," says Amy Keroes, founder of, a networking site for working mothers.

"The women on the site who are primary breadwinners say they’re proud to be that, but at the same time there’s also a longing to be home," she says. "The economy has simply taken choices away from people."

Past recessions and, notably, World War II also saw women charging into the workforce. But those leaps forward were often accompanied by steps back into the home, says Rebecca Traister, who writes on women and politics for This time, she says, things will be different.

"Feminism laid the groundwork for progress in income, in job positions," she says. "On top of that, now you have a radical shift in the view of fatherhood and its importance. So really what remains to be seen is whether that all translates into (a male) embrace of the drudgery that is domestic work. Either way, these times will require a huge re-imagining of roles."

In the best cases, which the Lawsons typify, these domestic flip-flops are faced with both humor and acceptance.

With Tuppy’s peaceful daily routine — tea and National Public Radio, waiting for inspiration to strike — replaced by a daily job, art is but a distant memory. "I can’t really think of anything I want to create," she says.

Alex has learned to conjure family dinners, searching for recipes when not pumping out upward of 40 résumés a month.

The idea to sell the house was his. Tuppy blanched at first, then agreed it made sense.

"We’d sell anything to help our girls stay on their academic tracks," says Alex, whose eldest is a junior at Stanford University. The family is awaiting word from both girls’ schools about financial aid, which will determine their scholastic fate for next year. Until then, selling the house helps the Lawsons become debt- and mortgage-free. And flexible.

"If I land a job, we can go as far as Timbuktu," Alex says.

In the meantime, Alex says he has a newfound appreciation for the simple pleasure of returning from work to a cooked meal. And Tuppy "finally understands why (Alex) would come home and insist on a glass of wine," she says. "After a day of customers asking questions, I totally get it now."

But for many families, the turmoil that sweeps through the house when a husband is laid off can have the effect of a tornado ripping through a campground.

Life was good for Bridget Culpepper, 37, and her husband, who had a successful career in the mortgage business in Portland, Ore. "Times were great," she says. "He’s a good person."

The freefall was painfully long. With the mortgage industry in decline last year, her husband retreated into online gaming. Culpepper began to work, taking any job she could to help provide for the couple’s two young girls, from freelance Web design to running Spanish-language play groups. "I was sure things would turn around," she says.

Instead, the couple lost their house and cars. Then she nearly lost her will: "I hit a wall, and contemplated suicide."

The couple separated. He lives with his parents and she lives in a rented apartment with the girls.

"This is happening to many people I know," she says. "The ones who do OK are in partnerships in which sometimes you know that the parts might shift. There’s excitement in redefining roles. But a lot of people are having a hard time with it."

Count Teresa Maute-Carr, 37, of Quakertown, Pa., in that group. After her husband lost his longtime construction-related position in February, her job — and health insurance — in the billing department of a local hospital became the family’s lifeline.

"We were always people who lived within our means, we didn’t do anything wrong, so why are we paying for it?" she says, her voice cracking. "I sweat bullets to stay within our budget. Our 6-year-old keeps asking why Daddy is still at home."

And that frustration shoots in her husband’s direction. "I want to yell, ‘Just fix it.’ But I know it’s not his fault."

After a long silence, Maute-Carr laughs. "I will say it’s easier now to ask my husband to unload the dishwasher or to vacuum," she says. "And I do think he might see me differently. He admires me."

‘This is what needs to be done’

There’s mutual admiration in the Lage home in Richmond, Va.

Both Cheryl, 44, and Scott, 41, have roots in the ad production world. When Scott’s 15-year career with Circuit City crashed to a close in January, he was left with part-time employment while Cheryl scrambled for work after seven years at home with twins.

"The way it worked out with us both freelancing is great," she says. "And he’s home a lot more. I loved being with the kids all the time. But this is what needs to be done now."

In the Bretana home in Irvine, Calif., Anne, 42, is impressed with the adjustments made by husband Louis, 43, who has quickly developed go-to dinners and figured out the school schedules of daughters Emilia, 5, and Lily, 3.

"I’m not going to say it wasn’t hard at first, to go from being the guy bringing home the money to being in charge of shopping, but I look at it as a chance to expand some skills," says Louis, whose architecture firm cut him back to half-time recently. That means he has home duty but also needs to make sure clients are happy.

Anne is in the same field; she works 80% and is now pushing to go full-time. "There’s a lot of pressure on me to make sure I’m not laid off," she says.

"I didn’t think I’d be dealing with this sort of situation in my 40s, when our careers and lives should have been well-defined. I thought life would be different. But there you go."

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Author Sheryl Roush Interviewed on “Mornings” FamilyNet Radio Show

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Author Sheryl Roush Interviewed on
"Mornings" FamilyNet Radio Show

Sheryl Roush was interviewed on "Mornings with Lorri and Larry," live on Sirius Radio Channel 161 February 17, during the 6-9am/Eastern prime drive-time. A guest favorite for her energy and inspiration, this was Sheryl’s fourth appearance on the show.

Lorri Allen invited the 12-time author for a 12-minute guest spot interview regarding her recent publication release of Heart of a Woman in Business, and to solicit submissions for the forthcoming Heart of a Military Woman book, being co-authored with retired Master Sgt. USAF Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez.

"Mornings" co-host Larry Estepa, asked Sheryl why women can be “mean” in the workplace…you will have to hear his pointed questions to Sheryl, and how she tactfully responds with composure and insight! Roush is an 8-time business owner (since the age of 16), and former executive with major firms.

Heart of a Woman in Business is available at, or personally inscribed copies from author Sheryl Roush at the Sparkle Presentations, Inc.’s Sparkle Store.

Sheryl Roush is a sought-after professional speaker and is available to present at conferences, womens’ events and organizations.




Click on title to view each book.

Heart of a Woman (printed)
Heart of a Military Woman (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of a Mother (printed)
Heart of a Mother (printed with Bonus Music CD)
Heart of a Mother …  Music CD
Heart of the Holidays (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of the Holidays … Music CD
Heart of a Woman in Business (printed)

Corazon de Mujer
(printed) (Heart of a Woman in Spanish)

Amazon Book Reviews for Heart of a Woman in Business

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 Amazon Book Reviews for
Heart of a Woman in Business

Heart of a Woman in Business:
Stories, Strategies and Skills for Business Success

In conversational tone, this book is loaded with all original and authentic stories, poems and quotations, offering encouragement and igniting the spark for today’s woman in the workplace. Experts, coaches, speakers, trainers, and retirees share their top tips, secrets and advice. Loaded with masterful writing from over 80 contributors, the book by Sheryl L. Roush is 288 pages, for $16.95

Heart of a Woman in Business is an inspirational collection celebrating working women and their unique contributions to the global workplace. This here’s how, sisters-sharing-with-sisters book shares their real stories, and offers here’s how and I did it, you can too! Selections offer practical information, career-bolstering lessons, organizational tips, insights, affirmations, poems, prayers and quotations. Whether you already own a business, planning to start one, or working in a job you love.

The 6×7" book features top talent and experts, including: celebrity personal trainer Jeanie Callen Barat; international business speaker Debbie Allen, author of Skyrocketing Sales, financial alchemist Morgana Rae; fulfilling your heart’s desire by Christine Kloser, author of The Freedom Formula; presentation skills from Juliet Funt (daughter of Candid Camera’s Alan Funt); having a leap of faith, from Sharon Wilson of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction; Hill Street Blues costume designer Karen Hudson; Helen Blanchard, the First Lady of Toastmasters International and author of Breaking the Ice; Marcia Reynolds, Psy., author of Outsmart Your Brain; and Sheva Carr, founder of Fyera!. Quotations of inspiration include: Mary Kay Ash, Debbie Fields, Steve Forbes, Michael Gerber, Louise Hay, Kathy Ireland, Andrea Jung of Avon, Anthony Robbins, Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, Madam C.J. Walker, first black female millionaire; Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey; plus the Founders/CEOs of, Apple, Craig’s List, Dell Computer, Google, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Starbucks; The Body Shop, Virgin Airlines, and Wal-Mart.

About the Author
Sheryl Roush is an internationally top-rated corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and 8-time business entrepreneur since the age of 16. As a conference speaker she has presented on programs alongside Olivia Newton-John, Geena Davis, Jane Seymour, Joan Lunden, Marcus Buckingham, Mark Victor Hansen, Howard Putnam, Robert G. Allen and Suze Orman. She has authored 12 books, including the Heart Book Series. Reader Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
More Than Expected, October 16, 2008
I expect books in the Heart Book series to be compelling, evocative, inspirational and useful. Heart of a Woman in Business is even more. Tightly edited (lots of contributors didn’t make the cut), each story has its own punch and vitality. It’s women speaking with, and to, women in both a very personal way and as kindred professionals. It’s worth reading and worth keeping close as a ready reference for those moments when…
– John Reddish, Get Results, CMC-Certified Management Consultant

5.0 out of 5 stars What A Treat for My Soul, December 2, 2008
Just flipping through this book for a few minutes I picked up some great business tips, felt uplifted and now can’t wait to dig in and read more of the wisdom that the contributors have to share. A great gift for any heart centered woman.
– Coach Laura,

5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartfelt and Inspiring!, December 3, 2008
Once again, Sheryl Roush has come through with another uplifting, inspiring and supportive book in her Heart Book Series. Heart of a Woman in Business is full of great tips and practical tools to use in not only growing your business but keeping you moving forward when faced with challenges. The straight-from-the-heart sharing from so many wonderful business women is a testament of their generosity and desire to help other women be as successful as possible. Women in the workplace do have special needs and this book addresses those needs and so much more!
– Linda Salazar, Author of Awaken the Genie Within

Workplace News: AARP’s 2008 Best Employers for Workers Over 50

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Workplace News:
AARP’s Best Companies for Those Over 50

Reporting by Audrey Goodson, Posted November 13, 2008

AARP Magazine
Nov/Dec 2008 issue

After eight years of honoring great employers, AARP has become pros at identifying creative workplace practices that benefit 50+ workers. Innovations such as flextime, phased retirement, and tuition reimbursement become mainstays at age-friendly companies place them higher. According to the judges, "These awardees are commitment to the total health and well-being of their workers and families is further evidence that the 50+ employee has become a valuable asset worth nurturing and protecting. Our hope is that more forward-thinking employers will follow their example."

Ratings Guide
AARP evaluated each employer’s performance on a range of workforce practices beneficial to older workers. The five key criteria below are rated from 1 (worst) to 5 (best) in this article. These criteria, along with other criteria, influenced each employer’s overall ranking.

Recruiting Practices
We noted how companies seek older workers. Some measures: Does the company target mature workers in its recruiting efforts? Do recruiting materials reflect the diversity of the people the company hopes to hire, including mature workers?

Training and Development
An important part of any job is keeping skills sharp. AARP evaluated the companies’ skill-enhancing programs as well as how proactive companies were in encouraging employees to take part. Ditto for perks such as tuition assistance. T&D ratings also took into account whether the employer regularly conducts employee-opinion surveys and provides opportunities for new experiences, such as cross-training and temporary assignments.

Health Benefits
We assessed each company’s medical, prescription-drug, vision, and dental insurance coverage, including the percentage of the premium that workers must pay and whether these benefits are offered to part-time workers and retirees. In addition, we looked for extras such as long-term care insurance.

Pension Plans
Key measures: Do the companies offer traditional defined-benefit plans and/or defined contribution plans? Do they have other financial incentives such as stock options, profit sharing, or 401(k) automatic enrollment? Do they offer resources to help workers make informed decisions about retirement savings?

Alternative Work Arrangements
We looked for opportunities such as telecommuting and flextime, which are important to workers with caregiving responsibilities. Another grade booster: phased retirement, in which employees receive benefits while working fewer hours.

Here are the top 2 of the 10:

1. Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Higher Education
11,302 employees (43% 50+)
A comprehensive approach to caregiving is one reason Cornell advanced to the head of this year’s class. Besides having long-term care insurance for employees and their loved ones, the university now has a consultant to help workers find the right child-care and elder-care facilities for family members. Another benefit is a pre-tax savings account to help employees pay for dependent-care costs. One more reason Cornell makes the grade: its employees and retirees can take several classes a year at the prestigious university—for free.

2. Scripps Health
San Diego, California
Health Care
11,589 employees (32% 50+)
Scripps gives its workers the red carpet treatment, literally. After every five years of service, employees are treated to an Oscars-style dinner celebration, including a nine-piece band and a Joan Rivers impersonator (we’re not kidding). But Scripps is completely serious about protecting its employees and their families. Example: a new elder-care program, which provides employees with professional care managers who conduct in-home assessments of aging family members and recommend and help secure long-term care facilities if needed. A Scripps benefit to love? Six free 30-minute massages a year for interested employees.

Click here for more details on each of these Top 10:

  1. Cornell University (NY)
  2. Scripps Health (CA)
  3. SC Johnson (WI)
  4. Lee Memorial Health System (FL)
  5. Securian (MN)
  6. YMCA of Greater Rochester (NY)
  7. First Horizon National Corporation (TN)
  8. Stanley Consultants (IA)
  9. Bon Secours Richmond Health System (VI)
  10. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (IL)

Find 40 additional companies honored by AARP for valuing older workers here.
See the full story here.

Heart of a Woman in Business Book Review by Coach Laura at Women in Joy

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"Heart of a Woman in Business"
Book Review
by Coach Laura
at Women in Joy

November 12th, 2008

Blog post at Women in JoyAsk Coach Laura.

Once again sparkling speaker and author Sheryl Roush has compiled a beautiful collection of wisdom for women in business. Recently, her book, Heart of a Woman in Business was released.

Whether you want to be inspired or informed, this book is a compilation of tremendous wisdom and creative writing. Sheryl Roush has outdone herself. She has put together a group of amazing women and their body of knowledge for every working woman. Just by flipping through the book I’ve already learned how to take a better photo, leadership tips and Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, how to be a more effective leader, learn to cultivate abundance,  to simply reminding you why you are an incredible woman. There are inspirational quotes, communication tips and more. Pick up this book because it may have just the tip you need.

It is an honor to be a contributor amongst so many other brilliant women–80 contributing authors. Look for my story entitled, "Rejuvenating the Heart of a Success Oriented Woman."

This is an incredible book. Once you have it, you’ll want a copy for each of your friends. So check it out today

Heart of a Woman in Business:
Stories, Strategies and Skills for Business Success

Through order here.

"Coach Laura"
Laura Rubinstein is helping women around the world embrace their feminine power and create the relationships they desire. Laura is passionate about creating great relationships and helping women make joy a number one priority their lives. When women understand that joy is their birthright and they have the power to create it, their lives turn around, relationships flourish and success happens.

Sheryl Roush Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio for Women in Business

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BlogTalkRadio Show Host
Helena Steiner-Hornsteyn Interviews
Womens’ Book Author She
ryl Roush

Dr. Helena Steiner-Hornsteyn hosted guest Sheryl Roush on her weekly one-hour BlogTalkRadio Show on October 21, offering tips for success in your career, workplace, your own business and for your personal life.

Sheryl Roush is an 8-time entrepreneur, successful business woman, best selling author, top rated international speaker, and an inspirational /motivational coach. Her books include: Heart of a Woman in Business, Heart of a Woman, Heart of a Mother, and Heart of the Holidays.

Helena invited Sheryl to openly share her personal story, insights, and how she created the inspirational book series for women. Reading selections from the newly published Heart of a Woman in Business book, Sheryl offered "Affirmations for Women in Business."

Valuable tips during the interview include four unconditional support systems to help us keep our balance, and sanity, maintaining our authenticity and worthiness as women. Helena commented after the show, "A must-hear program for women of all ages!"

After only the first day, "Lots and lots of listeners have already listened to the archives and have downloaded you, and you are already a best seller. … after only 24 hours.. (Wow, I am impressed. One MAN emailed me…and said you really hit it right for him (and I had advertised you for women!!) He even said he wanted to hear you again!! Well, well…"

Helena commented that in the first month, "The stats from your show was one of the highest this year…Thank you again for being on the show…"

To hear this engaging interview, CLICK HERE

Helena is ranked one of the world’s top four spiritual healing coaches. She is a top-rated inspirational motivational speaker and a leading authority in the field of spiritual personal transformation and healing of body and mind. She has a way to reach your inner self without complicated rules and steps how to do it. Even during a motivational lecture, you’ll learn and be inspired by her exciting inspirational power-meditation techniques for clarity and added life success. Thousands have reported life-changing results from participating in her inspiring Power- Seminars, Inspirational-Motivational lectures and one-on-one stimulating personal consultations. 

Read more information on Dr. Helena Steiner-Hornsteyn, go to

For more information on Sheryl Roush, go to, or
Her books are available at, Borders, and
Stories, poems, recipes and quotations are posted at

“Heart of a Woman in Business” Book Review by Amy Lupold Bair

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“Heart of a Woman in Business”
Book Review
by Amy Lupold Bair

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Type-A Mom Gift Guide – Gifts for Moms
November 7, 2008

Books have always been a favorite holiday and birthday present both for me to give and receive, but some books tend to make better gifts than others. Heart of a Woman in Business by Sheryl L. Roush is one of those books. As a stay-at-home mom who just recently launched an online business, this book could not have entered my life at a better time. This small, square bedside tome makes for perfect evening reading.

Buy Heart of a Woman in Business here

Divided into fourteen sections with headings such as “Inspirations for the Heart,” “Light Moments,” and “Best Practices, Strategies & Ideas,” this work not only provides enjoyment for any woman who has struggled to combine work and family, worked hard to excel in her career, or launched a business of her own, but it also offers valuable tips and advice from one woman to another.

Author Sheryl Roush shares with the reader not only her best practices and suggestions, but she has also assembled a marvelous collection of inspirational quotes and wonderfully written passages from highly successful men and women.  One such passage that I’ve found particularly inspirational is from Kimberly Anne’s “What is Your Occupassion?”  She writes,

I remember one of my girlfriends in elementary school who said that she wanted to be a flight attendant when she grew up…She still loves being a flight attendant.  It’s what I call her ‘occupassion.’  We’re not all like that, though.  I certainly wasn’t.  I didn’t realize my calling, so to speak, until I was forty-two years old.  I used to secretly think that there was something wrong with me because I’d start looking for something else whenever I was in a position for a few years.  The realist in me seemed to always pursue jobs within the same field, but that thing in me that wanted to feel fulfilled by the work I did still yearned for something – something it wasn’t getting.

This work is not only something that I have been able to relate to, but have found to be simultaneously inspirational.  I highly recommend checking out this book as well as the others in the Heart Book Series for the women who hold your heart this holiday season.

Heart of a Woman in Business is written by Sheryl L. Roush, an international speaker and author. Her website is You can purchase the book here : $16.95 for paperback.

Affirmations for Presenters

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Affirmations for Presenters
Read out loud before your presentation.

I let go of anything that has happened today which does support me to be my best NOW.
I put my ego aside and serve this audience to the best of my abilities.
I remain balanced and centered and am capable of handling anything.

I have credibility in this topic and present this message in a way which is easily understood and by all.
I am professional and respected.

I gave thanks that my thoughts flow easily and effortlessly.
My words flow smoothly and in a logical manner.
I am safe. I am confident. I visualize success.
I am authentic, genuine and real.

I easily establish and hold rapport with my audience.
I am connected with my audience and shift to respond with them.
I create ways to involve the audience.
I empower interaction among and with the audience participants.

I deliver a dynamic presentation.
I am amazing. I am courageous.
I am an outstanding speaker.


I take my material seriously and delivery lightly.
I use my talents.
I have fun, and they have fun.

I am worthy to deliver this message.
I am grateful for the privilege to serve them.
I give thanks that I meet and exceed expectations of all present.
I give thanks that I reach each listener on their level.

Published in Heart of a Woman in Business.

Sheryl Roush
Professional Speaker
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RISK = Results by Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez

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RISK = Results

September 1, 2008 post
by Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, MSgt USAF Retired

Toastmasters is an international non-profit education organization with local clubs where a person can learn how to speak in front of an audience in a safe and supportive environment.  As a member you are given a book with 10 speeches to complete in order to receive your Competent Communicator award.  The speeches are timed and an evaluator provides feedback after each speech.  A mentor is assigned to each member to help them prepare their speeches and practice outside the club. Public speaking ranks as the number one fear in the minds of most people.  It even exceeds the fear of death or disease in most cases! For many, joining a Toastmasters club is a huge risk to undertake.  I joined Toastmasters in November of 2006 to improve my speaking skills. 

Most Toastmasters know Sheryl Roush.  Her story is like many who step out of their comfort zone and take a risk to change their lives.  She joined Toastmasters and began to do the speeches in the Competent Communicator manual.  She cried through her first 3 speeches but she kept coming back and continued to try.  Today she is a highly sought after and amazing international speaker.  I met Sheryl at Book Expo America (BEA) in May of this year.  She was doing a book signing for her book Heart of a Woman and I was one of the first in line to get a copy.  She is an inspiration to me.  She is someone who took a risk and used the skills that Toastmasters taught her to live her dream and become a professional speaker.  When it was my turn I mentioned I was in Toastmasters too and she recognized me from the District One competition last year.  She signed a copy of the book for me and gave me a card with some information about submitting a write-up for her next book “Heart of a Woman in Business.” I had about a month until the deadline for submission.  I went home excited about the possibility of submitting something about my experiences in business.

A few days after BEA I started to work on the write-up.  It had to be 1200 words or less.  I had a rough draft going when I started three weeks of intense coaching certification training and had no time to work on it until the last few days of June.  The submission was due 1 July and I worked on it every night those last few days until 30 June.  I reviewed it a few times and let it sit for most of the day on 1 July, then reviewed it one more time and made some final adjustments.  I was taking a risk just submitting it.  I felt like I was basically an unknown and what if it gets turned down?  Then I re-framed my thinking and set the intention that it would be accepted and took a deep breath and hit send.  I decided taking the risk and stepping out of my comfort zone was a better choice than to not submit anything and always wonder what would have happened if I’d just taken the chance.  I have a dream to be a published author, professional speaker and television/movie personality.  It’s only a dream unless I take some action to move it forward. I decided to make choices instead of excuses.  It’s easy to tell yourself you won’t make it so why try or you don’t want to risk getting rejected but I decided to take the RISK 4 maximum results.

I got confirmation the same day I sent in the submission that it had been received and they would be reviewing it and getting back to me.  A couple weeks after that I received an e-mail asking for my website information and the title of my write-up.  I got a little excited wondering if it had made the cut. I didn’t hear anything else for over a month.  I knew the book was coming out in October so I let it go for the time being.  Around mid-August my curiosity was getting the best of me.  Did they accept it?  I re-read what I wrote and felt confident it sounded book worthy.  I sent an e-mail asking if my submission had been accepted. To my delight and utter excitement the answer was YES!  My write-up will be published in the Heart of a Woman in Business book to be released on 1 Oct 08! <The book released EARLY on 9 Sept 08>

I am so excited to be a contributor to this wonderful book and that the book is going to be published with my write-up included in it.   I took a risk by sending my submission in.  I could have made the choice to not submit the write-up so I didn’t have to risk the possibility of rejection.  Instead I took that risk and now am glad I did.  Not only will my contribution help people who read this book, it also is an example of what can happen if you take a risk in your life and put yourself out there to accomplish your dreams.  It also gives me encouragement to take more risks as I manifest my empire of change to make a difference in others lives.

If you’ve taken a risk in your life and gotten some positive results, I’d love for you to share your comments at the end of this post.  You can share your experience, strength and hope with others and show them that they too can achieve maximum results if they have the courage to take a risk today.

Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, MSgt USAF Retired
Dynamic Vision Intl, Speaker & RISK 4 Results Coach
Harley Riding Bad Biker Chic, Ex Military, Girlie Girl in PINK!

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National Business Womens Week: 101 Facts on the Status of Working Women

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101 Facts on the Status of Working Women

The facts in this report tell a fascinating story about women and their role in the workplace and society. While women have made progress in several areas, some facets of the workforce are changing much too slowly. The wage gap has narrowed by only a half a penny a year for the past 40 years. 

The gap between median earnings of full-time, year-round workers has women’s earnings currently 77% of men’s, in 2006.  At this rate, it will take another 40 years for women to reach wage parity with men, and over the course of a working lifetime, the average women loses approximately $523,000 due to the wage gap.

101 Facts on the Status of Workingwomen gathers data on the status of women in the labor force including: the wage gap; women entrepreneurs; women in the Fortune 500 & 1000; women in the government; women and higher education; women’s buying power; women and philanthropy; women and families; women and care giving; domestic violence and the workplace; women and retirement; and women’s health.

Source: Business and Professional Women/USA

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Heart of a Woman in Business
by Sheryl L. Roush.

National Business Women’s Week Poem: Heart of a Woman in Business

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National Business Women’s Week Poem:
Heart of a Woman in Business

This is the opening poem to the new book,
Heart of a Woman in Business:

Stories, Strategies and Skills for
Business Success
by Sheryl L. Roush

Heart of a Woman in Business

by Sheryl L. Roush

A woman in business is like no other
Multi-brilliant at work, and often too, a mother.
Guided by vision to make a difference in this world,
Reporting for service, with her hair even curled.
Ready to go, whenever the need
She knows in her heart, there’s a calling to feed.
To do right, to speak up, determined to succeed
A role model that plants the possibility seed.
Knows who she is, right down to the core
Her essence, her passion—shine all the more!
She’s in charge with a handle on it all.
At the office, at home, or at the mall.
Even in the depth of all she may know
Realizes there’s still plenty room to grow.
So energetic, creative and fun…
Early rise, there’s much to be done!
She still finds time to laugh and to play
Sacred time too, to kneel and to pray
It comes from inside, driven by vision,
Get on board – she’s on a great mission!
Her daily prayer resides in God’s grace
Serving others from her heart sets the pace
Making use of her talent, wisdom and skill
From strengths and trust in Divine will.
Gentle, compassionate, loving and strong
In this sisterhood of success you want to belong
Anything she puts her heart to she can do
She’s not alone sis’ta – as you can too!
The road to get here has been quite a ride
“Call me ‘Woman’– it’s my source of pride!”
Come along, she’s blazin’ new trail
A woman in business—whom we all hail!
-Sheryl L. Roush
©2008 Sheryl L. Roush, All rights reserved.

Permission to distribute or publish this poem, you must include author and book credit.

Sheryl Roush is an 8-time business entrepreneur, starting her first business at the young age of 16 in the patio of her parent’s home. She is a top-rated international speaker, inspiring people to bring their heart to work. Her programs rekindle the spirit, raise the bar and create excitement.

Order your autographed printed copy of Heart of a Woman in Business book before October 31, 2008, and receive the FREE eBook version of Sparkle-Tudes! inspirational quotations for & by women, also written by Sheryl L. Roush. Order directly from the Sparkle Store at for this offer.

National Business Women’s Week – Oct. 20-24 – Stats of Interest

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National Business Women’s Week
October 20-24 – Stats of Interest

More than 70 years ago, President Herbert Hoover designated the third week of October as "National Business Women’s Week."

Founded in 1919, Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to career advancement and professional development for female professionals nationwide, has celebrated this annual awareness-raising event ever since. Each year, most of the Washington, D.C.-based organization’s 2,000 local chapters honor outstanding businesswomen and corporations that value female employees.

Here are some current facts and figures about women and the labor force that can help human resources specialists put women and work into perspective for their organizations’ own culture and diversity initiatives.

1. There were 61 million women in the labor force in 1998. Seventy-four percent (45 million) were employed full-time and 26 percent (16 million) worked part-time.

2. In 1999, 60 percent of women age 16 and over were either working or looking for work, Nearly three out of four women between the ages of 20 and 54 were labor force participants.

3. Women’s share of the labor force reached 46 percent in 1994 and has remained at this level. By 2005, women are expected to make up 48 percent of the labor force.

4. In 1998, 40.7 percent of employed women worked in technical, sales, and administrative support occupations, 31.4 percent worked in managerial and professional fields, and 17.5 percent worked in service occupations.

5. In 1998, 3.7 million women were multiple job-holders, compared with 4.2 million men.

6. Women accounted for half of the 5.6 million contingent workers (temporary help agency workers, independent contractors, part-time and temporary workers) in 1997.

7. The labor force participation rate for working mothers in 1998 was 71.8 percent. The participation rate for married mothers with children under a year old was 57.6 percent, and the rate for unmarried mothers with children under a year old was 58.8 percent.

8. In 1999, 255,000 women in their 70s, 80s, and 90s were employed or actively seeking employment in the United States, an 80 percent increase since 1985. The U.S. Social Security Administration projects that more than 7 million people aged 65 and over will fill the labor force by 2020, and 3 million of them will be women.

Source: BPW/USA’s 101 Facts on the Status of Working Women, Washington, DC.,
Source: BNET Business Network

National Business Women’s Week: Recommended Reading

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National Business Women’s Week:
Recommended Reading

This week is the nationally celebrated as National Business Women’s Week, acknowledging the accomplishments of working women everywhere.

Released September 9th and in honor of this annual celebration, Sheryl Roush released the newest book in the Heart Book Series, Heart of a Woman in Business, is an inspirational and professional treasury of original short stories, poems and quotations from over 80 contributors.

Heart of a Woman in Business is an inspirational collection celebrating working women and their unique contributions to the workplace. This "here’s how" book combines sisters-sharing-with-sisters insight with guidance, ideas, stories, and "I am doing it, you can too!" encouragement. It is a powerful book written by and for entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, part-timers, free-lancers, retirees, and working mothers. Experts, coaches, speakers, trainers, retirees, share their top tips, secrets and advice in conversational tone.

Contributors include: Andrea Glass, Christine Kloser, Darlene M. Fahl-Brittian, Debbie Allen, Debbie Lousberg, Helen Blanchard, Jeanie Callen Barat, Juliet Funt, Linda Salazar, Lynn Pierce, Marcia Reynolds, Sharon Wilson and "Dr. Zonnya" Laferney.

Sheryl Roush, an eight-time entrepreneur since age 16, knows a thing or two about being a woman in business. From competing in men’s sports beginning at age 8, to replacing men in corporate positions at age 20, and succeeding in traditionally male-dominated industries and organizations. She is the President and CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., based in San Diego, California. Organizations hire her to rekindle the spirit, raise the bar and create excitement, from creating positive work environments to enhancing communication skills, and boosting morale and cooperation. Some of her clients include: 7-Up; IBM; Sheraton; Stampin’ Up!; Sony, the Women in Publishing Society, Hong Kong; Union Bank; US Census Bureau; Womens’ Council of Realtors; Women in Business Symposiums; and the Zoological Society of San Diego. Her other books include: Heart of a Woman, Heart of a Mother, Heart of the Holidays, Corazon de Mujer, and Sparkle-Tudes!

For autographed copies of the book, click here.
To learn more about Sheryl Roush visit

October 20-24 is National Business Women’s Week®

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National Business Women’s Week®
A Business and Professional Women/USA Signature Event

October 20-24, 2008 is National Business Women’s Week®

Since 1928 Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA) has sponsored National Business Women’s Week®. Each year during the third week of October, BPW/USA’s members across the country take the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of workingwomen.

The objectives of National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW) are:

  • To promote full participation and equity for women in the workplace;
  • To publicize the achievements of business and professional women on the local, state and national level;
  • To publicize the objectives and programs of BPW/USA as they relate to the millions of business and professional women across the country.

    Over the years, National Business Women’s Week® has become an event widely recognized by public and private institutions and local communities. In the past, the President of the United States, at the request of BPW/USA, has declared the third full business week in October as National Business Women’s Week®. On state and local levels, governors and mayors issue similar proclamations. Each state and community tailors events and activities to meet its needs. Activities include WOMENomics Forums, Woman of the Year Awards, Women Joining Forces programming, Employer of the Year Awards, displays and exhibits, dinners and educational programs.

The History
The idea for the National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW) originated with Emma Dot Partridge, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs from 1924 – 1927. The first annual observance was held April 15-22, 1928, when Business and Professional Women/USA President Lena Madesin Phillips opened NBWW with a nationally broadcast speech. In her remarks, she stated that the purpose of the week was "to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world."

BPW Local Organizations implemented daily programs designed to call attention to the mission and achievements of BPW/USA. Reports about activities for those early observances tell of many successful events throughout the country including: Legislative Day devoted to national, state and local legislation of interest to women; Education Day emphasizing the need for equitable educational opportunities; Club Rally Day for prospective new members; Community Day honoring leaders in the community; and Goodwill Day devoted to working with other women’s organizations.

From this early effort, NBWW has grown into a nationwide salute to all workingwomen, as well as an opportunity to spotlight issues of importance to workingwomen. In more recent years activities have included Women of the Year Awards, Employer of the Year Awards, Individual Development workshops, and issue panel discussions.

NBWW was moved to the third full week of October in 1938 so that Local Organizations could use NBWW as a springboard for their new year’s programs. U.S. President Herbert Hoover was the first president to issue a letter recognizing NBWW and the contributions and achievements of workingwomen. Presidents since then have always issued a letter acknowledging the important role women play in the nation’s economy.

For more information and membership, see Business and Professional Women’s site.

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Charity Event: Dress for Success San Diego

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Charity Event: Dress for Success San Diego

Several contributors to the new Heart of a Woman in Business book showed up in force to support a special charity event October 10 to benefit Dress for Success San Diego.

The lively outdoor evening event, Check Your Bag at the Door, was hosted by Lisa Knight, owner of Orange Salon & Spa in Leucadia, California. Admission was free for those bringing donations of handbags stuffed with toiletries, accessories and necessities for a working woman.

The cause, Dress for Success San Diego, has a passionate mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in word and in life.

Success in the Workplace, Brighter Futures for Families
Dress for Success San Diego is focused exclusively on extending a lifeline of services to low income women as they transition from government subsidy to interview preparedness, through job-readiness and employment retention.  It all starts at the private, warmly decorated Dress for Success San Diego boutique, where each client receives consultation and business attire as she prepares for a job interview that can change the course of her life.  This visit is the first link in a chain of services devoted to social and economic development, assuring clients that they have support and encouragement throughout their journey to self-sufficiency.

Dress for Success San Diego has served over 4500 local women since 1998, referred from over 60 local human service agencies and job-readiness programs. Our clients’ success is made possible through the generosity of our friends in the community. Your donations will have an immediate impact on the lives of deserving women who have overcome tremendous adversity on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Donations Accepted
Dress for Success San Diego accepts clean, ready-to-wear, current style, conservative skirt suits, pant suits, blouses, new hosiery, costume jewelry and accessories. Sizes 12 and above are urgently needed. 

Kathi Burns presented her "Taking the Little Black Dress from the Beach to a Black Tie Event" offering her signature 18 Essential Wardobe Elements image tips and instant 3-minute makeover. Kathi is the Founder of addSpace To Your Life, Board Certified Professional Organizer, Image Consultant, and author. Her mission is to empower people to master their environment and personal image by assisting them in taking control, making change and organizing their lives. She believes that when people become organized and look their best they will have more freedom to create and work with their true passion. 

Also present were book contributors:
Nancy Bahr Kelly
, owner of n. bahr designs;

Eileen Burke, owner of Queen Eileen’s; Andrea Glass, owner of Writer’s Way; and Sheryl Roush, owner of Sparkle Presentations, Inc.


For more information on the international non-profit organization, see Dress for Success.

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Meet the Contributors: Dr. Zonnya “First Lady of Motivation”

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Meet the Contributors:
Dr. Zonnya “First Lady of Motivation”

The new Heart of a Woman in Business book, authored by Sheryl Roush, boasts over eighty professional women as contributors, sharing their original short stories, poems, quotations, insights and business tips.

Meet contributor Dr. Zonnya!
Four of her works are showcased in the Heart of a Woman in Business book.
Her motivational short "Be a Dreamer," and her poem "I’m Not Finished with Me Yet" appear
in the chapter entitled Inspiration for the Heart. "Keep a Positive Attitude with Positive Communication" in the Businesswoman & Motherhood chapter offers a bulleted list of loving suggestions for communicating effectively with your children, as well as adults. Published in the Nurturing Our Mind, Body & Spirit chapter is Zonnya’s list of "20 Ways to Be Wealthier and Healthier."

Dr. Zonnya is known as the “First Lady of Motivation” and “God’s Woman of Encouragement.”  She speaks to over 200 of the Fortune 500 Companies, National Organizations, Conventions, Associations, High Schools, College and University Campuses, Prisons, Youth Groups, Churches and many more.

Dr. Z (as she is most affectionately called), attended Missouri University at the age of 15, graduating at 19.  Her majors were Business, Psychology and Communications and she is also a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority. Her Professional Career has included; Social Worker, Real Estate Sales, Public Relations, Entertainer, Corporate Consultant, Writer, Teacher, Professor, Motivator, Movie Co-Star, Life Coach, and Minister.

Dr. Zonnya is a favorite television guest and has been interviewed by Oprah, Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy, Sonya Live, CNN, Good Morning America, TBN, Day Star, and hosts her own International Empowerment radio talk show. 

Her writings have been internationally published and include “Get Off Your Yo-Yo! Achieve Balance in Your Daily Life,” “Life Systems; A Journey in Loving – Caring – Sharing,” “Turning Tragedy into Triumph,” “Stop Setting Goals, Start Choosing Results”, “God’s Systems on Success”, “Balanced Living”, “Systems on Success for 365 Days,” “Systems on Success” and “Think and Get Rich.”

Honored by The United States Senate, as well as, honored by states and cities for her “distinguished service to the betterment of others through her teachings and personal commitment.”

Dr. Zonnya shares her trainings in all arenas of life.  She speaks with electrifying energy, infectious enthusiasm, contagious inspiration, and powerful impact.

The dominant result of Dr. Zonnya is to “touch lives with inspiration, information, encouragement and motivation.” 

Her additional accomplishments include:
•    International Motivational Trainer
•    Personal Development Trainer for over 20 years
•    Recipient of the Most Prestigious Dale Carnegie
     “International Good Human Relations Award.”
•    Best Selling Author of over 7 Internationally Published Books
•    Professor at Beacon University
•    Business Owner and Leader since the Age of 20
•    Motivational Movie Star featured in … “PASS IT ON”
•    Motivational Radio Personality featured in …
     “Dr Zonnya’s Empowerment Hour”

For more information, or to contact directly:
Dr. Zonnya
Call Toll Free 1-888-725-9103

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Quotations on Success

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Quotations on Success

Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so.  
Marcia Wieder

When you are grateful — when you can see what you have — you unlock blessings to flow in your life.
—Suze Orman

There are two ways of meeting difficulties; you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
Phyllis Bottome

Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

When the vision on the inside becomes more compelling and powerful than what is observed on the outside, then the universe is at your command.
James Arthur Ray

A man’s fortune must first be changed from within.
Chinese Proverb

You have to start by changing the story you tell yourself about getting older…The minute you say to yourself, ‘Time is everything, and I’m going to make sure that time is used the way I dream it should be used,’ then you’ve got a whole different story.
—Diane Sawyer

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?
Anthony Robbins

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
Katherine Mansfield

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Your self image is your pattern!
Every thought has an activity visualized.
Every activity belongs to a pattern.
You identify with your pattern or thought.
Your patterns leads your life.
J G Gallimore

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you;
Be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone

If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning.
Mahatma Gandhi

Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.
—Meryl Streep

It’s the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.
Bob Proctor, The Secret

The secret of making something work in your lives is, first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one doubt or disbelief.
—Eileen Caddy

Listen to that voice inside you that says you can accomplish anything. Trust that feeling that tells you, you can achieve all that you hope for. Believe that everything you want is waiting for you. Hold on to the knowledge that nothing is impossible. Remember that each person who has ever achieved a goal started out with only a dream.
Jason Blume 

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Art Linkletter

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
—Orison Swett Marden

Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success.
Louisa May Alcott

Most successful people begin with two beliefs:
the future can be better than the present,
and I have the power to make it so.
—David Brooks

Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill

Plan your hours to be productive.
Plan your weeks to be educational.
Plan your years to be purposeful.
Plan your life to be an experience of growth.
Plan to change.
Plan to grow.
—Iyanla Vanzant

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can — there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
—Sarah Caldwell

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
Lewis L. Dunnington

My greatest luxury is silence.
—Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef

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