Maya Penn, Inspiring Teen

This Teen is Inspiring Others to Change the World

Maya Penn started her first company when she was only 8, now she's inspiring others to change the world.

Posted by HuffPost Black Voices on Friday, March 11, 2016

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Eric & Peety

Eric & Peety (from Humane Society Silicon Valley)

Eric weighed over 300 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and his doctor told him he would be dead in 5 years unless he changed. They suggested a dog. Eric went to the Humane Society Silicon Valley and said he wanted an obese, middle-aged dog, so they would have something in common. What happened next transformed their lives.

Posted by SFGate on Sunday, March 6, 2016

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You Have to Jump!!!

This may be the most important video you ever watch on your road to success. Steve Harvey nails it with his message, You Have To Jump!

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Clyde Terry, Emerging Leaders Academy

In California where the cost to keep a criminal behind bars is between $47,000 – $94,000 per year and 70% of offenders return to jail within 1 year of being released. One man created a program that is changing lives for the better.

There are positive solutions to our challenges and positive people out there working hard to make them happen Clyde Terry is building a world that works for everyone!

Clyde lives a life of service and leadership. After 10 years in the Marine Corps, he went on to serve as an LA County Sheriff for 25 years. He has worked most of his career in two of LA’s toughest communities Compton and Watts.

While serving as a Sheriff he noticed that he was arresting the same people year after year and knew there had to be a better way. The solution he developed is a program called the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) that is turning around and saving lives.

The Emerging Leaders Academy provides tools for self empowerment through guidance, mentoring and training.  ELA is a path to opportunities, providing participants with essential career developmental skills for traditional employment, entrepreneurship training and a therapeutic writing workshop, all being alternatives to criminal behavior and violence thereby empowering participants to take a new direction in life.

IT WORKS!  90% of the Emerging Leaders Academy graduates do not re-offend! Let that sink in.  9 out of 10 of the graduates go forward in life and become positive contributors to their families, communities and country.

To learn more about ELA visit them online: http://EmergingLeaders360.org

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My New Theme Song

I am so grateful for my loving friends and especially Sister Moutique who see’s me clearly and always, always helps me find my way back when I wander off my path.

My entire life I’ve been getting knocked down and I’ve always gotten back up, this time is no different! I’m back. So here’s my new theme song by Chumbawamba

Sometimes when we lose our way there’s a friend, a conversation, an inspiration that brings us back to our truth of who we truly are… I seek to be such a friend, an encourager to anyone who get’s knocked down on their journey!

The other song I feel like signing right now is Joe Cocker’s “With a little help from my friends” – Join me?

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One of the GREATEST stories ever told in Hollywood.

rocky-slyThis is one of the GREATEST stories ever told in Hollywood. Sylvester Stallone. One of the BIGGEST and Most famous American Movie superstars.

Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor in every definition. At some point, he got so broke that he stole his wife’s jewellery and sold it.

Things got so bad that he even ended up homeless. Yes, he slept at the New York bus station for 3 days. Unable to pay rent or afford food.

His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at the liquor store to any stranger. He didn’t have money to feed the dog anymore. He sold it at $25 only. He says he walked away crying.

Two weeks later,he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie, ROCKY.

He wrote the script for 20 hours! He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000 for the script. But he had just ONE REQUEST. He wanted to STAR in the movie. He wanted to be the MAIN ACTOR. Rocky himself. But the studio said NO.

They wanted a REAL STAR.

They said he “Looked funny and talked funny”. He left with his script. A few weeks later,the studio offered him $250,000 for the script. He refused. They even offered $350,000. He still refused. They wanted his movie. But NOT him.

He said NO. He had to be IN THAT MOVIE.

After a while,the studio agreed, gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it! The rest is history!

rocky-posterThe movie won Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing at the prestigious Oscar Awards.

He was even nominated for BEST ACTOR! The Movie ROCKY was even inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies ever!

And do You know the first thing he bought with the $35,000? THE DOG HE SOLD. Yes,Stallone LOVED HIS DOG SO MUCH that he stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he sold his dog to. And on the 3rd day, he saw the man coming with the dog.

Stallone explained why he sold the dog and begged for the dog back. The man refused. Stallone offered him $100. The man refused. He offered him $500. And the guy refused. Yes,he refused even $1000.

And, Believe it or Not,Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same dog he sold at $25 only! And he finally got his dog back!

And today,the same Stallone who slept in the streets and sold his dog JUST BECAUSE he couldn’t even feed it anymore, is one of the Most Successful Movie Stars in modern history.

Being broke is BAD. Really BAD. Have You ever had a dream? A wonderful dream? But You are too broke to implement it?

Whatever happens, Keep Dreaming and DOING! Doing and Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Doing and Dreaming. Keep your vision 100% focused on what YOU want!

Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF!

rocky_workout_bPeople will judge You by HOW you look. And by WHAT You have. But please, Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, ITS OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. TRUST ME.

Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. And never forget Stallone’s example, he did whatever it took to make his dream a reality and look how well he was rewarded for it! The same can happen to you!

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Roger Anthony, CEO Space – Founder Crocodiles International In Loving Memory

Roger Anthony was a brilliant man who turned tragedy into triumph and made the world a better place. His lessons will live on in the tens of thousands he taught and the loves of his life his beloved wife and children.

Watch this video of him teaching at CEO Space – he had such an amazing ability to teach and his technology is a gift to us all.

Here’s my favorite quote from Roger – “It’s one thing to teach a principle and another to live it, but the greatest by far is to so thoroughly BE it that your very presence does the teaching”. –Roger Anthony

– -I’m so “XCITED” brother – until we meet again!

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