Think Big by Valerie Cheers Brown


“Think Big.”

These are some of my most favorite quotes which I read like I am reading a book and hope they inspire you too.

Dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur I hold these quote dear to my heart!

1. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”- Peter Drucker

2. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”- Vince Lombardi

3. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”- Steve Jobs

4. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.”- Richard Branson

5. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

6. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates

7. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”- Warren Buffett

8. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” – Jeff Bezos

9. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas Edison

10. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

11. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

12. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

13. ”Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

14. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain

15. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

16. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

17. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”- Bill Cosby

18. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.”- Bo Bennet

19. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cant.”
– Warren G. Tracy’s student

20. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”- Corneille

21. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”- Mark Twain

22. “There is only one success- to be able to spend your life in your own way.”- Christopher Morley

23. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill

24. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”- Albert Schweitzer

25. “What is not started will never get finished”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

26. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.”- Malcolm Forbes

27. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”- Jim Rohn

28. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”- Adam Osborne

29. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”- John C. Maxwell

30. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”- Ralph Nader

31. “Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius

32. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
– Bill Gates

33. ” An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.” ~ Valerie Cheers Brown


No Matter What by Valerie Cheers Brown


If you look at the fact that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, that you are beautiful in spirit and have peace, then no, you have nothing to be sad about.

But the fact is, we are not only a physical body, we have souls too, and sometimes our souls get sick.

If you break an arm you don’t just say ‘I have no reason to have a broken arm’ and ignore it; you seek help. It’s the same when your soul gets hurt.

Don’t apologize for being sad.

When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. -Anurag Prakash Ray
We have to treat others the exact same way God treats us even when somebody hurts us.
This is why doing what what we love is so very important and if we are not, we are wasting our time!
Dr. Steve Maraboli was on point when he said, “If you fuel your journey on the opinions of others, you are going to run out of fuel. “
When we do what we love it really does help us to make better choices in our life.
Why is it also true that a person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected?
Why does it feel good throwing kindness around like it was New Years Eve at midnight when we throw confetti around?
I have worked with many people who showed kindess and appreciation and made me feel appreciated and caused me to want to work even harder and I thank God for this!
The same goes when you work hard trying to do something which not only helps others, but in the long run helps you increasingly more.
Showing kindness costs nothing and it is so needed so much more in our world today, and if we had more there would probably be less turnovers in everyday life on jobs, in clubs, singing groups, any kind of teamplaying, etc. where working with others is demanded.
Emulating this style on a daily basis has some days which will be better than others.
I have found that an environment that has that kindess culture which is full of appreciation for others makes life so much easier for everyone around us and mainly ourselves.
So always remember like Anurag Prakash’s quote says, “When other people treat you poorly, keep being you and don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.”
“No matter what happens, always be yourself” – Dale Carnegie.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do What Makes You Come Alive by Valerie Cheers Brown

Favorite words of my motivational mentor, Evan Carmichael, “Keep doing what makes you come alive!”

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman – author, philosopher, educator

When we feel roused and connected with we emit an effective vitality. That vitality is fundamental to ourselves, as well as to our associations, our groups, our families, and other people around us as well.

So, its endless supply of us to make sense of what makes us wake up and go do it. A long way from liberal, it’s a basic demonstration of administration in a testing world.

In fact it is difficult to seek after what makes us feel invigorated. A number of us feel caught by circumstances. We think our just choices are to wade through and adapt. Feeling invigorated appears to be excessively unrealistic.

You may wonder, how do we get there?

I wish I could honestly answer this question but it would depend on you and I can say what works for me.

What I live for is writing and it truly makes me come alive and also I feel I cannot go without writing and must write at least once a day if not more. I live and love the life of writing and it is my new #1 medicine and music is my number 2 love and without music I would not be able to cope.

I go to sleep thinking about writing, I dream about writing and wake up writing!

So, I guess writing would be what I live for and so writing would be my niche!  I am work at progress and each time I write I feel myself feeling better and practice helps us get better at what ever we do in time when we love what we do.

The fun part to me is the title of any story and to me this is what I am learning is the eye appealer not so much as what we write.

The title gives me boundaries and sort of my outline which gives me inspiration of what to write about, although I know what my content will basically be about but that title is important and is the first thing readers see. I am learning that color and design attract lookers.

By me being technologically challenged am learning about the design process but again, work in progress and Rome wasn’t built-in a day!

When in college I was very inspired by the Sundheim Group who also believe and an insight I particularly love was, “The journey to aliveness becomes easier when you let go of “shoulds.” Many of us don’t realize how overwhelmed we are by shoulds. This is what I should be doing. This is how it should look. This is where I should be right now. He should be doing this. She should be doing that. They should be supporting me more. Shoulds weigh us down so much that they hamstring our creativity and energy. Let go of the shoulds. They rob you of precious time exploring what really matters to you. Fashion designer Coco Chanel said, “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” It’s a wise observation.”

A good tip for this: Spend time with individuals outside of your general circles—individuals who empower you. See the world they see. These individuals are not burdened by the same shoulds. They demonstrate to you choices you didn’t understand you had. Incomprehensibly, the additional time you go through with individuals who are not quite the same as you, the better you comprehend yourself.

This goes back to my dear inspiring friend Evan Carmichael and I indulge and listen to his advice on a regular basis.  Just like I live for writing, Evan breathes and bleed entrepreneurship motivation and he speaks about over one billion entrepreneurs and have been stalking him for many years now and “BELIEVE” and when I hear that word, I think of Evan Carmichael!

Yes, I believe in myself too, but Evan really helped me to believe and keep at it and keep doing what makes you come alive; is what he tells me all of the time, and I have been asking him for advice and asking him questions and he never fails answering, encouraging and inspiring me to ‘BELIEVE’.

Evan helped to change the world with his famous ‘BELIEVE’ concept and now he has a popular website for entrepreneurs. He also loves to Salsa dance too and I love his wife and his son too! So, I adore following my friend and mentor Evan Carmichael. For more information about my friend please go to:

One day I pray to be an inspirational name which when you hear my name, you know I have something positive and meaningful to help others.

“Keep Doing What Makes You Come Alive.”  ~ Evan Carmichael

All That Matters Is…..Now by Valerie Cheers Brown

What is most important that we remember is,  “All That Matters Is…Now!”

What really matters to me?

Is this selfish that all that matters is now?

If someone were to ask you what matters right now? What would you say?

A few months back I would have probably said, “material things, inner peace, friends and family, etc.

However, no, not any more. For the NOW I trust that really what outrageously matters is the significance of NOW, the unbounded force of present. Presently is the way to every single other fulfillment – material and unimportant.

Do we ever prepare just in case we don’t get to see our loved ones and let them know just how much you love them?

Do we even say something we wanted to say, but never get or got the chance to say it before it was too late to our loved ones and then say “I wished I had told them…….?

If you Google the question, “How to start with the now?” It is interesting what you find.

I love the quote by George Harrison, “It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing.  All there is ever, is the now.  We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

Why do we hold onto tomorrow and isn’t tomorrow the same as the future?

What about our past and just how important is it? I realize that we don’t have a past nor a future but what we can only depend on is the NOW.

The auxiliary I belong to Sister’s of Mercy were going to visit a sick church family member and this member’s family told us, “Please wait until the Spring to visit her.”

“Will any of us be here in the Spring or was this the family’s way in telling us they did not want to bothered,” I thought?

This statement bewildered myself and made me realize even more how important right NOW truly is and only NOW is all that truly matters.

Life is just like George Harrison says in his quote, “There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing.”

We think there is a tomorrow when most important is now and wow….It is often misleading for us to think such a thing, that there will even be a tomorrow.

Can you imagine what and how many people in Paris must feel right now losing their loved ones?

We look forward to tomorrow of course, and that is only human nature, but right now is all that matters!

There is this beautiful poem I listen to daily and would like to share with you which makes me realize how important today or right now is, which we all DO take for granted!

It also shows how important it is express your love for your family and loved ones each and everyday that you love them right NOW.

I most of all love this poem because it could go for a faraway love as well as a reading of the passing of a loved one.

This poem is called “If Tomorrow Starts Without Me…… Possibly” by David Romano and the other same poem but “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me…..Possibly.

‘If’ is a conjunction and the definition according to Merriam Webster:

—used to talk about the result or effect of something that may happen or be true

—used to discuss the imaginary result or effect of something that did not happen or that is or was not true

—used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen

Amazing how one word can truly make a difference isn’t it?

‘When’ is an adverb and mean according to Merriam Webster:

: at what time

: at, in, or during which

: at or during which time

If/When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
all filled with tears for me,

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

and said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I’d always thought,
I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had

If I could re-live yesterday
Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne.

He said, “This is eternity,
And all I’ve promised you.”
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day’s the same
There’s no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things
You knew you shouldn’t do.

But you have been forgiven
And now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart.

‘We people have huge trouble in concentrating on the present; we’re continually considering what we did, about how we could have improved, about the outcomes of our activities, and regarding why we didn’t go about as we ought to have. On the other hand else we consider the future, about what we’re going to do tomorrow, what insurances we ought to take, what we think anticipates us around the following corner, how to dodge what we don’t need and how to get what we have constantly longed for.”

The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment.’

How simple and yet profound this thought is. And this too has played a significant role in molding me into a new me, one who is more punctual and does not dilly-dally about the tasks at hand. A new me who knows that all that matters is now, the present and what I leave for the future and did for a better future for others!