"Have a strong sense of self. Without it, you cannot lead, you risk being consumed by all sorts of elements that don't reflect what you're about." Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express and the third African American CEO of a Fortune 500 company
"Pick the places you want to be great and focus your energies on that, understanding that you're not going to be great at everything. Then relax." Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox and first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at." Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic gold medalist in track & field
"You have to be able to have a vision. While the network guys saw news [as] a thirty-minute show that was hosted by a guy named Dan Rather, Ted Turner looked at it and saw something completely different. He looked and saw twenty-four hour news. Someone might look at something and say it's a mountain. But Walt Disney looked at it and said it was a theme park. And that's what vision is....the ability to look over the next hill. And that's the kind of vision that you have to have!" Robert Johnson, founder and former CEO of BET
"Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday." Wilma Rudolph, American track & field sprinter and Olympic athlete
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