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Sheila Johnson Quotes

Sheila JohnsonSheila Johnson quotes: the cofounder of BET schools us.

“Don’t ever lose sight of who you are and your own power.”

“It is all about character, integrity.”

“Don’t stop setting your sights high.”

“Things don’t come overnight in life. You have to persevere and stay focused. Music does that for you. It also teaches you to be a better listener and communicator. If you are part of a string quartet, you have to be focused on the conductor and know exactly when to come in, because if your mind wanders in the least, you are finished.”

“Surround yourself with people who share your vision and don’t have their own agenda.”

“Some things I have learned about investing: don’t put all your eggs in one basket, trust no one, and keep an eye on the bottom line. Even today, I sign all the checks at my company personally.”

“You have to diversify to grow. I’m not afraid to take risks and fail.”

“Diversity is the destiny of this country.”

“Once you’ve explored all of your options, you have to know when to let go.”

“If you can’t afford to go to college, either try a community college or vocational, and start building a business from there. Starting a business doesn’t need to be a big endeavor either.”

“I truly believe in vocational training. There are job opportunities in a lot of fields that don’t require a four-year degree. Just put the business plan together, and just get started. Start small and make it work.”

“People put so much emphasis on education but there are many people, both black and white, who can’t afford to go through college. If there’s anything I can tell anyone out there, if you can afford to go to college either try a community college or vocational and start building a business from there because there’s money there.”

“Social capital is a powerful form for ensuring business success regardless of gender. Vocational skills could be one effective way for anyone considering an entrepreneurial pathway; sound advice that could be used by anyone anywhere.”

“Don’t rest on your laurels. There’s always going to be someone behind you who’s going to be better than you. So you need to get out there and keep working.”

“Don’t ever say can’t. You can do anything you put your mind to. When people say no to me, I say, ‘Don’t say no to me. There is a way we can work this out.'”

“Things happen, and you roll with it. You find the silver lining in a bad situation and make it work. Some things are just out of your control. I like to be optimistic. We need to be careful right now. We need to think beyond this doom and gloom scenario because if we continue to wallow in this, it’s going to become self-fulfilling.”

“Today, we have incredibly powerful new media tools—tools that can help us inform, inspire, educate, and engage one another. The digital space, with its interactivity and immediacy, allows us to not merely consume but participate in and drive contemporary debates.”

“The work to which we give ourselves must be something larger than any of us as individuals, something big enough to be worthy of who we might someday be and what we have the talent and potential to offer.”

“When I was younger there was something in me. I had passion. I may not have known what I was going to do with that passion, but there was something, and I still feel it. It’s this little engine that roars inside of me and I just want to keep going and going.”

“I’ve built a reputation on making bold investments that tap into my personal beliefs plus passions to build businesses, advance education, promote diversity, grow women’s professional sports, nurture the arts, and give back to the global community.”

“Money doesn’t fall out of the sky. We had a business plan, an extraordinary proposal, and it was the right timing. I want to make sure that anyone who aspires to my kind of wealth understands what it took to get there.”

“I want to make it clear that there is no such thing as overnight success. You need to have a plan, you need to time things right, and you need to be able to persuade people to invest in you.”

“What business strategy has allowed me to achieve such incredible success? My model is to not follow any model. When I instinctively feel it is the right move to make, I do it.”

“Building a company is like building a basketball team: it starts with finding the best talent. For me, integrity, the ability to grow, and embracing healthy competition are three core values that define my hospitality company and my WNBA team.”

“When I bought the WNBA team, I saw that no one really cared about them. Like the locker facilities that these young women have to work in, they weren’t right. I want to give them the best locker room facilities and show them they’re valued—because if you show them value, they’re going to perform better. And this goes for all women, not just basketball players.”

“My inner thoughts after the purchase of the WNBA team and seeing the way and manner that the female players interact with themselves… I’d like more women to get into sports showing that the team spirit and healthy competition will be traits that women will learn over time. They learn a special communication skill: trust.”

“To me, winning isn’t just about getting beyond the baseline yourself, it’s about getting others there as well.”

“None of my success in life would have been possible if not for my education in the arts.”

“Basically, educators have been my role model. And as I’ve gotten older, there have been more and more people I’ve met in life who’ve become role models.”

“I am lucky to have a lot of extraordinary friends who really do help me including, of course, my mother. She was there from the beginning. She’s still constantly pushing me forward, encouraging me with, ‘You can do it!’ and ‘Don’t give up!'”

“Everyone dreams of being a billionaire. The best part of being rich is it gives you the freedom to make a difference in the world. It’s important to give back to people. It’s important that women support women. It gives me a great sense of well-being to know that I can make a difference in people’s lives.”

“The idea of giving back was instilled in me early on. It started when I was young. My parents have always been focused on giving back. It’s important, as I’ve gotten older and become an entrepreneur, that I give back to the community because only when I do that will the community give back to business. It’s extraordinarily important that all businesses build in some sort of community component so they can reach out and help others.”

“I focus on the issues closest to my heart: youth, women, the arts, eradicating poverty. But I used to run myself ragged trying to be everything to everyone, and I realized I can’t do that.”

“Studies show that investing in women is the key to solving the problem of global poverty. Women are the backbone of the community, and if we don’t invest in them, the entire world will be affected.”

“There are so many people out there that don’t take women seriously. You be very firm and you let them know that you have power. You have to empower yourself.”

“I am honored and humbled to say that my employees tell me I inspire and motivate them. There’s never boredom, every day is different. I try to be open-minded. I love to listen to my employees, to talk with them about ideas and things we should change or make better. I never see myself as above them. They know I’m the boss, but I’m right in there with them. I’ll roll my sleeves up to make things work.”

“You can change minds with loving-kindness.”

“I am very happy. I’m following my passion, and I wake up everyday wanting to do more.”

“Even before BET, I was the CEO of my own life.”

“Everywhere I go, I take my camera. It forces me to slow down, and really look, and really see. And what I’ve seen is so inspiring.”

“Opportunities where I can continue to express myself and continue to challenge the boundaries of sharing my life with others—that’s what gets me out of bed every morning.”

“In a half-empty-glass sort of world, I’m the little girl whose cup runneth over.”

“I am very happy. I have reached a point in my life where I feel safe for the first time. In my personal life, I have lots of friends, and I’ve learned to be comfortable with myself, and I don’t feel the need to prove anything. I’m following my passion.”

“How do I want to be remembered? As a woman who was always generous, not only with her pocketbook, but with her heart.”

“You have to learn to be patient and not give up. Look to your parents; they need to be there for you. But having spiritual faith will get you through anything.”

“Stay humble. Don’t ever, ever take anything for granted in life. Don’t assume anything. It’s very important to have love and passion for whatever you do.”

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