Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 29, 2012


I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force….My love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.

– Og Mandino

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow.

– Swedish proverb

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

– Cynthia Ozick, Writer



Inspirations for Tue., Feb. 28, 2012

Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

– Maria Mitchell, 1818-1889, Astronomer

As for worrying about what other people might think – forget it. They aren’t concerned about you. They’re too busy worrying about what you and other people think of them.

– Michael le Boeuf, Speaker and Author

Progress is the sum of small victories won by individual human beings.

– Bruce Catton

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 27, 2012

Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.
– Jesse Herman Holmes 

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. 
– Theodore N. Vail 

The only way to get positive feelings about yourself is to take positive actions. Man does not live as he thinks, he thinks as he lives. 
– Vaughan Quinn

Social Media, Your Toy or Your Tool?

SOCIAL MEDIA, Your Toy or Your Tool?: A Question for the African American Community – A Thought for the World Community

By Henry Ford

As I read a recent review of Social Media Week in Toronto (Feb 13-17), I was impressed by the content of the valuable information shared during one of the panel discussions.  The panel lineup included the powerhouse lineup of Sam Graham-Felsen, Chief Blogger for Obama for America, Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications for DKNY, Sam Champion, Weather Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America“, Kelly Balz, North America Social Media Manager for Avon, and Kristine Welker, Chief Revenue Officer of Hearst Digital.

The panel lineup also took me back in time to the mid nineteen seventies when I first attended a conference of the National Association of Investors.  There was no representation of African Americans on most panels (and almost none in the audience).  This is not a condemnation but an observation.  African Americans were not locked out, but they had “sat out,” not purposely or in any organized fashion or for any reason, but they just were not there, except for me and about ten others at a conference of over 500.  That’s not a condemnation either, but another observation.

The reality is that trends that connect, educate, and empower often escape the majority of African Americans for too long.  How long?  Too Long!  That is an observation also, one that I attribute in part to the social and professional circles we tend to operate within.  Often we are so tuned in to what we perceive to be the upper limit or the “What is,” that we cannot embrace The Dream, The Vision, The Possibilities.

The Investment Education Movement took many more years to find its way into the African American Community than it needed to, denying so much to so many, and negatively impacting generations to come.  Today two of the movements in danger of taking place without us are those of Technology and Social Media.  It should not happen, it does not need to happen, and we cannot afford to let it happen.  There is enough African American presence on the Internet, Facebook, and other platforms to convince me that we are well represented.  The question is will we incorporate into our Social Media agenda, the education that can help us bridge gaps in technology, education, business, and help enhance our personal and professional development?

One of the powerful eyes, ears and contributors to the Social Media scene is a dynamic, informed and personable young lady by the name of Shirley Williams.  A bright light on the Social Media scene, Shirley is an internationally recognized Social Media expert that can help us understand and narrow the gaps that so desperately need closing.  A bonus in following Shirley is that she freely shares with others without targeting any specific group; but absorbs, evaluates and contributes, touching lives in over 160 countries.  Her openness allows valuable information to flow, leaving her objectivity unobstructed by special interests, and keeping her credibility impeccable.

If you have any serious intent of allowing Social Media to powerfully impact your life and your business, you can follow Shirley at

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 24, 2012

Have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard that will appeal to the best that is in man, and then strive mightily toward that goal.

– Harold E. Stassen

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

1694-1778, Philosopher and Writer

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

– Nadine Gordimer

Inspirations for Thur., 23, 2012


Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete other tasks.

– Brian Tracy, Speaker and Author

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.

– Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American Publisher

The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference

– Bess Myerson