We asked the community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us. Check some of those out below.

Tiara Bennett-Hardison | Patient Care Specialist, Model & Business Owner

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” —Dr. Mae Jemison. I can only imagine the challenges she had to face to become a Space student let alone the first African-American female astronaut. So who am I to complain that I can’t get the perfect formula for a skin care product. I use this quote to remind myself to keep pushing and never given up because profit doesn’t come easy or someone else doesn’t believe in my vision. I started a Jewelry & Handmade craft line in 2006 and couldn’t get my Advertising and Products right and gave up. More Recently I’ve relaunched as Trust Your Instincts, an all natural skin care and all things self care. Business has been great and I have been blessed to receive constructive feedback from family and friends that keeps me going! People with fixed mind sets normally are the ones giving the most advice and that’s why I love this quote! I am guilty of limiting the Content I released or what modeling photos I post on Facebook based on who may see them or what they may say! I am living for me now though, and I have never felt more alive! I am truly blessed to have such a hive support system. Read more>>

Jessica Harden | Creator. Healer. Leader.

My favorite scripture: “Now these three things remain; faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 🤞🏾♥️ I believe that these are essential to have in life and on the journey of beginning your own business. Faith is the belief that whatever you want or whomever you want to be is obtainable. Hope is the belief that you can and will achieve your goals no matter the obstacles that may come your way. Love is the belief that when you do things from the heart, out of care, with good intentions and with purpose that you will always be fulfilled. Read more>>

Dillon Jackson | Video Creator & Music Producer/Engineer

My favorite quote is by the late, great Kobe Bryant and he says, “Rest at the end, not the middle”. That is something that has stuck with me ever since I decided to start working for myself and made me completely dedicate myself to making sure that I was putting myself in the right direction to succeed. I think that it’s very beneficial to take breaks during your journey of course but what this quote is saying to me is that even though things may get hard and challenges come your way, you have to push through them no matter what. You can’t have a goal or a dream that you want to achieve so badly and only put in half the work to get to it. Once you’ve completed that task, once you’ve made it to where it is you want to be in your life, you can look back on everything that got you there and you can be even more proud of yourself and you’ll know how much had to be done in order to reach your success. Read more>>

James Bush | Educator, Author -Speaker

One of my personal sayings is that “God gives us a cup full of talents, and when this life is over, I want to return him an empty cup because I left everything here on earth”. I often find that as children our dreams are unbound and aspirations have no barriers. But as we become “responsible” adults, we forget those many talents that made us smile for more practical and economical opportunities. Sometimes pursuing your dreams doesn’t mean that you have to abandon practicality. You can still be the favorite 3rd-grade teacher and then devote your weekend and summers to sharing your artistic talents. So often, we are bound by our job titles that we forget the other things we are great at, some of which can prove lucrative as passive income. Read more>>

Felicita | Artist and Founder of Travelin’ Music Lessons

A quote I think about often is one by Albert Einstein. “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I now understand what Einstein meant by his quote. Growing up, math and science didn’t come easy to me so I just assumed I wasn’t very smart. This feeling eventually became the “imposture syndrome” I fight as an adult. I wish I would’ve understood sooner what Einstein was trying to say. He meant that although I wasn’t great a certain subject, it did not mean I wasn’t great. It meant I was great at something else, which became music and the arts. In 2016, I began my business venture, Travelin’ Music Lessons, where I gave in-home music lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. It was the best decision I have made for my artistry and my mental health by allowing me to be in a space where I can nurture my creativity and express myself. I have been blessed to do a job that doesn’t feel like a job. I have grown as an artist and person as well as helped others in their musical journey. From putting on multiple recitals to winning our very first award from Georgia State University, Travelin’ Music Lessons has been a blessing from above. Read more>>

O’Neil Delapenha | Actor/Director/Writer

“I am inimitable, I am an original.” said by Aaron Burr in the Musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It means that there’s no one else in the world like me, and try as they might, I can’t be duplicated. It reminds me to celebrate myself, flaws and all because those are what separates me from being just another random face in a crowd. In an industry all about standing out, being authentic is one of the best ways to do so. Read more>>

Jay Smith | Comedian, Content Creator, Intuitive

“Don’t be afraid of yourself.” It’s something I have on my wall at home and it encourages me during times when I’m feeling unsure of my direction. Most of us are more than they appear to be on the surface but very few of us truly try to present their whole selves publicly. That affirmation always reminds me to embrace every part of my purpose equally and hopefully it inspires others to do the same. Read more>>

Kristin Moody | Empathy Scholar, Coach and Consultant

I always come back to this because it reminds me of how powerful true diversity and connection across difference is. My work is about fostering equity through connection, and those connections are always most powerful when people can find shared values and build community across diverse identities. hooks captures that and helps me to remember that the fear of difference is a lie. My husband is from New Zealand, and there is this dancer from his country I have recently become obsessed with–she is Samoan, raised in Auckland, and she teaches popping and freestyle that is blended with traditional Samoan and polynesian dance. The result is mesmerizing. She dresses in these church hats and long lava lavas and does these moves–I can’t explain. She moves her body and it’s like you can see ancestors from across 3 continents calling to her. It’s so magic. That magic? The willingness to listen to all of those voices? That’s the beauty of empathy across diverse people, and that’s the work I get to do every day–that the magic bell hooks is talking about. Read more>>

Chloe J. | Creator of Yeaux Mama LLC

I have two favs right now: “Mind your business” is my recent fav because it reminds me not to give away my energy to things that are out of my control and do not concern me- other peoples business, worries, fears and especially the what and why’s of life so that I surrender to God’s will. This quote from Lucille Clifton’s poem “won’t you celebrate with me” has stayed with me since forever because it reminds me that every challenge I have faced in this life I have overcome and that is enough cause to celebrate: “Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.” Read more>>

Mary Finch | Mary Finch | Certified Life Coach | Published Author

I must admit there are so many quotes and affirmations that resonate with me, but the one quote which sticks out the most is Shirley Chisolm’s quote. The late Shirley Chisholm, a trailblazer, was a black woman elected to Congress in 1968. Mrs. Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” I admire her as she didn’t ask for permission; she owned her right to lead. She was a brave black woman in leadership who didn’t ask but demanded earned respect to be seen and heard doing what she said she would do in giving a voice to the voiceless. I identify with being an African American woman continuously seeking to reach my highest potential to be apart of critical discussions and making decisions. I’ve learned such a viable lesson to stand for the right things, never allowing others to feel comfortable at my discomfort. I use my platform as a professional in Human Resources and a certified Life Coach to speak with intent, which has allowed me to sit at many tables. Being accepted and invited to other tables is a start but not the end. Read more>>

Solomon Nelson | Cyber Security Officer & Investor

I often say “Everything I touch will become successful”. It started off as a daily affirmation, however, time has proved it to be true. I’ve had my hands in a few investments early on, and it seems like one after another, in due time become profitable. I continue to repeat this quote daily to remind me to take risk and not doubt myself. I believe fear holds most of us back in life, and I refuse to let that be me. Read more>>

Annie King | Abstract Painter, Artist, Art Therapist, Mother

I love quotes, poems, verses, and affirmations. I hang them around my house, and one of my favorites that I repeat to my kids in her exact words is from The Help. Aibileen Clark, an oppressed “maid” and caregiver in 1960s Jackson Mississippi tells the little girl, Mae, who she cares for: “You is kind, You is smart, and You is important.” I appreciate this for so many reasons. Obviously, it is a fabulous affirmation and an encouraging word to carry throughout the day for anyone of any age; but when taking into account the setting of when and by whom and to whom it was spoken, it becomes so much more than mere words. It exposes the intimate connection that occurred behind closed doors between a black maid and the white toddler she raises, blurring all racial boundaries of the time. It creates aspiration for the the emotional integrity that Aibileen possesses as she continues to use her influence, even when abused by her employers (the toddler’s parents), to positively affect the next generation (who ironically are being raised to continue to mistreat her). And it ultimately, reminds me that some of the most powerful forms of love are from the quiet small voices rather than the loud and expected. Read more>>

Hsuan Chung | Fine Art Photographer

“Be water, my friend.” Read more>>