Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Famous People


Unsung and Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class have become my two favorite television shows. Both are centered around the personal lives of entertainers we’ve all grown up with and admired.  The more I watch, the more I’m inspired so I always keep a pad to jot down gems like these:

What they said and what I heard:

We each have a story that is uniquely ours. Own it. – Oprah Winfrey – No two are the same. Whether it has a happy or sad ending, it’s still yours. Respect it. Honor it. Learn from it and grow strong. Bask in all that you are and what you know.

You must first learn to love and respect yourself. – Gladys Knight – When you do this, the universe opens up. Self-love and self-respect will determine the kind of people who are drawn to you, and how you treat yourself is how others will treat you. Know yourself and what you deserve. When you know where you’ve been and where you’re trying to go, you won’t settle for less.

Don’t step with anger, step with clarity. – LL Cool J. – Stay focused on your goals and don’t be deterred by haters, imitators, and folks who aren’t trying to go where you‘re going.

Hold fast to your dreams – Steve Harvey – I have often repeated Steve Harvey’s story about his fifth grade teacher who ridiculed him for his dream of being on television. His father instead told him to paste his dream on the wall so he could see it every day and work toward it. Steve soon came to understand that he, not the unsupportive woman in his classroom, was the key to making his dreams come true. Even when he was living in his car, he never let go of his dream. Not only is he on television now, he’s REALLY on television with several successful shows that air all day every day.

Nothing beats being well prepared – Tisha Campbell-Martin – from a recent appearance in Nashville:  Campbell-Martin, a successful child star/rare successful adult actress, shared that she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an entertainer. When her parents were making her late for auditions, she took responsibility as a 12-year old to get herself to them so she would be on time. She arrives sometimes hours early to make sure she is well prepared and focused so she can be at her best. Punctuality might seem like a small thing, but it’s huge. Three minutes or 30, if you’re late, that may mean lost opportunity.  Preparation cuts down on confusion, frustration, and excuses, too.

You don’t have to be rich or famous to be wise and inspirational/aspirational. Today you have an opportunity to make a difference, to be the difference, to touch the lives of those around you. Take time to be interested, supportive, enthusiastic and encouraging. You never know who’s watching and will want to be like you. Be blessed and keep shining!

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