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Stedman Graham Quotes

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Stedman Graham quotes: Oprah’s bae breaks down life, leadership, success, and more.

“To get where we want to go in life, we have to keep at it.  We have to create a vision, make choices based on what moves us most swiftly toward our goals, and go after them with determination and single-mindedness.”

“A vision of the future must become daily goals and habits.  This is how success occurs.”

“When you have a sense of your own identity and a vision of where you want to go in your life, you then have the basis for reaching out to the world and going after your dreams for a better life.”

“When you set goals, you have to keep them always in mind.  A primary purpose for setting goals is to get you moving in the right direction.”

“We make the best choices when we have invested all of our energies, our hearts, and our souls into a course of action that leads to the accomplishment of goals we are passionate about.”

“To know yourself is the first and most important step in pursuing your dreams and goals.”

“All your life you compare and contrast, explore and search.  But knowing yourself well is, well, elusive.”

“People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.”

“I’ve found that often, just when you think you’ve hit a wall, you experience a breakthrough that takes you to new heights in accomplishment.”

“There are always risks when you chase after a dream because growth requires that you leave your comfort zone and enter unknown territory.  But without confronting those risks and facing your fears, you’ll never, as Nike says, ‘Just do it.’  Now the truth is, you may fail in some of your efforts, but you will never succeed if you are not willing to risk failure.  And even if you do fail, you can learn from the experience and try again.  To do that, you will need courage, and you will also need to have faith in your ability to achieve your goals.”

“Every day, do something that is truly important in moving you toward your goals.  You must choose to invest your time in the important steps.  When you take charge of your time, you take charge of your life.  How you spend your time reflects your priorities.”

“And whenever you encounter a problem, no matter how insurmountable it might seem, there is one simple response that should be ingrained in your behavior: never give up.”

“If you’re to fulfill your vision for a better life, you must formulate a plan of action.  Effective planning involves identifying and prioritizing those actions that will move you most efficiently toward your goal.”

“To pursue success effectively, you must build supportive relationships that will help you work toward your goals.  To build those relationships, you need to trust others; and to earn their trust, you in turn must learn to be trustworthy.”

“People who let events and circumstances dictate their lives are living reactively.  That means that they don’t act on life, they only react to it.”

“If you did the same thing you did yesterday as you did today as you will do tomorrow, what have you done?  The same thing.”

“Most people are defined by their titles, their cars, their house, where they came from, their color, their race, their religion.  And so it’s up to you to take control of your own life and define you.  As long as you understand who you are and you have a solid foundation of understanding what your talents are, what your skills are.”

“Freedom is about a way of thinking.  Freedom is about understanding that you can do anything that you want and freedom is about being able to take information and education and make it relevant to your own growth every single day.  Freedom is not staying in the box.  Freedom is not doing what other people want you to do.”

“Everybody has 24 hours and the question is, what do you do with your 24 hours?  That’s what makes everybody equal.”

“The only thing you’re fighting against is time.  In your time, your lifetime, what is the best way to maximize the time you have on earth?  The first step is you must identify who you are and have clarity about it.  You must then take control of your own future.  Everyone is equal in this process.  We all have 24 hours in a day.”

“Like all journeys, preplanning and securing the resources you will need along the way is essential.  With today’s technology and unlimited access to information, this is easier than ever.  The biggest challenge is what to do with all the information you have at hand.”

“Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than out of your fears.”

“When everybody has access to an avalanche of information, becoming a master thinker is very important in your life-long security.”

“Understand who you are, so that you can be the same, whether you’re talking to a homeless person or the President of the United States.  You’re the same person.”

“I’ve worked in the prison system for five years, and most of those folks in prison didn’t have a direction.”

“There is a need to train people to become successful learners, effective organizers and masters of their own development.  They must realize and believe they have the power to do anything or be anything they want.”

“How can I go out there and create value?”

“Ultimately, the ability to transform your life through leadership is based on love.  Love can be manifested in a lot of different ways.  Love is service, love is servant leadership, love is loving yourself first, love is caring for others, love is your passions, love is your talents.  You must build a process for empowering and bringing to life those things that you love and are passionate about.”

“Every day you have a choice of love or hate, good or bad, courage or fear.  Choosing one over the other can determine how successful, peaceful, and happy you will be as a person.  Ultimately, moving from a follower to a leader is measured on your ability to consistently choose correctly.”

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

“The secret to breaking free is taking control of your own development.  In order to do this, a person must first figure out who they really are, create a vision of where they want to go and then put a process and structure in place to get them there.  Doing this dictates the development a person needs in life.”

“Each of us can make a great difference in the lives of other people, particularly as we move along the success process ourselves growing in strength, gaining experience and knowledge.”

“The idea of being able to serve as an example, based upon how to process, how to think, how to realize our own dreams, we can pass that down to our children.”

“You know, and younger people today… they may not have Social Security.  They may not have a pension.  They may have 17 different jobs.  And so they have to be – they have to… establish somewhat of an ownership, you know, mentality.”

“Taking complete control of your life requires a personal development plan that raises you socially and economically, personally and professionally.  General education, while important, is outdated.  Your education should help you stand out and meet the needs of our rapidly-changing society and the technological revolution.”

“This requires identity development and identity leadership.  Identity is a way to build from your core, to know who you are.  To take something and make it relevant to your own development, to your specific needs.  To understand the power of the information you have available to you to build your personal education and career plan.”

“The value that you give yourself is the value the world gives you.  The way you see yourself is how the world sees you.  Changing your internal thinking changes external perspectives.  It starts with having a belief in yourself.  In your own abilities.  Then, working on those abilities so you become even more confident doing them.  The universe will begin to give you everything you want if you begin to build it for yourself.  People must avoid becoming a victim in life.  Look at everyone in your life as a role model.  What can you learn from them – good or bad?”

“Building a life development plan around your true identity – who you really are – unleashes your full human potential, happiness and fulfillment.  It also allows you to serve your family, community and the world at the highest possible level and add maximum value to others and the organization you work for.”

“It’s not what you have at the end of life, it’s what you leave behind that matters.”

“When I was young I was hungry.  I wanted to be somebody.  I wanted to excel.  I didn’t always have the tools and didn’t really know how I was going to do it, but I always had the determination and perseverance of wanting to try and make it.  That was my driver.  Everyone needs a driver.  You need something in your soul that drives you forward and pushes you to seize opportunities.”

“My two brothers were disabled, so I had to take charge, I had to step up.  I realized early on that I needed to be the one to make a difference to help my family.  And I was fortunate enough to be able to apply that same drive to basketball and to my education.  I wasn’t always the smartest or strongest, but I never gave up on my dreams.”

“It takes years to do simple.  People think there is such a thing as an overnight success.  There isn’t.  Success is hard work.  The success I am having today took me 25 years.  You have to put the time in to get the rewards out.  As a former athlete, people frequently say that I was born that way.  The truth is that people do have natural talents, but they don’t become strengths without lots of work, practice and development.  You become a star because you work at it every day.”

“Once you discover who you are, what you love, and what you are passionate about, plus that you have the freedom to pursue it, you become physically, mentally, and spiritually strong.  It’s a learning process and journey.  You have to learn, develop, build, create, and eliminate all the negativity and naysayers in your life that say you can’t do it.  You must embrace it in your heart and soul and look in before looking out.”

“My hope is to show people how to build value in their own lives.”

“I define myself by everything that I love, everything I can create, everything that I can imagine.”

“I’m pretty grounded on my own passion – writing books, you know, doing programs, speaking around the country.  And I love what I do.”

“I’m a lucky guy.  No question.”

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