Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 Quotes on CONFIDENCE in Business and in Life!

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”  ~Audrey Hepburn

Am I the Mountain Standing in the way of my Success

Dear Why Annie Armen Readers,

I believe with all my heart that you are magnificently created to produce brilliant results!  Anything less is not part of your destiny!  Refuse it, turn it away, and believe with all your heart that YOU deserve the best!

Take a chance on YOU.  If you don't, who will!  Believe that your challenges are truly your greatest opportunities.  If your esteemed mentors can withstand and conquer their storms in life, so can you!  And finally ...

No matter where you are in life, always be and do your best incessantly.  Be aware of and ready to show up for the unexpected.  Let go and deliver your best performance as if it was your last!   Along the way, enjoy the most exciting ride toward your destiny stamped with success, because it’s inevitable!

Now ask yourself:  "Am I the mountain standing in the way of my success?"

If your answer is yes, step out of your way and forge ahead with unwavering confidence, because you can!   With that in mind, I dedicate these select 30 quotes on confidence to YOU and your loved ones!   

You are meant to be, can't you see?  You have a legacy, unstoppable be!

~Annie Armen
The Communications Artist


1.  "I am here for a PURPOSE and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."  ~Og Mandino

2.  “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”  ~T. Harv Eker

2.   “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

3.   “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”  ~David Brinkley

4.   “It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.”  ~Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

5.   “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”  ~Bruce Barton

6.   “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”  ~Edmund Hillary

7.   “Don't be distracted by criticism.  Remember - the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”  ~Zig Ziglar

8.   “Your value is the product of your thoughts.  Do not miscalculate your self-worth by multiplying your insecurities.”  ~Dodinsky

9.   “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”  ~William Shakespeare

10.  “Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present.  ‘Dr. Holmes,’ quipped a friend, ‘I should think you'd feel rather small among us big fellows.’  ‘I do,’ retorted Holmes, ‘I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies.’”  ~Author Unknown

11.  “Only as high as I reach can I grow,
        Only as far as I seek can I go,
        Only as deep as I look can I see,
        Only as much as I dream can I be.”  ~Karen Ravn

12.  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

13.  “You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."  ~John Wooden

14.  “To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.”  ~Sugar Ray Robinson

15.  "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  ~John Wooden

16.  “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."  ~Steve Jobs

17.  “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”  ~Ayn Rand

18.  "Success is the result of clear goal, unshakable CONFIDENCE, proper planning, enthusiastic action and consistent persistence."  ~James Caan

19.  “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds CONFIDENCE and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  ~Dale Carnegie

20.  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all CONFIDENCE in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”  ~Marie Curie

21.  “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”  ~T. Harv Eker

22.  “Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.”  ~William Hazlitt

23.  “Knock the ‘t’ off the ‘can't.’"  ~Samuel Johnson

24.  “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.”  ~Mary Kay Ash

25.  “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.”  ~Jim Rohn

26.  “I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.”  ~Allen H. Neuharth

27.  “I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know.  Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.”  ~Buckminster Fuller

28.  “The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.”  ~Paul Tillich

29.  “We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree - deeply rooted to withstand all of life's upheavals.”  ~Dodinsky

30.  “Listen to your inner voice, gather your strength in quiet, find your target, aim, fire!”  ~Annie Armen


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Monday, May 12, 2014

30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life!

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.””  ~Ayn Rand

When you count all the number of times you KEEP ON GETTING UP, compared to the number of times you fell... guess which number is greater, and more importantly, a true reflection of your reality? When life knocks you down, that experience makes your triumph all worth it because you choose to stand back up and knock the challenge out of the ball park that much harder! 

Whether you are at your peak, stuck, or at the bottom, may you find these select 30 Encouragement Quotes empowering, firing you up with CAN DO power to actualize your dream and thrive in business and in life!  In the spirit of encouraging one another, If you have a word of encouragement to share, or favorite encouragement quotes of your own, by all means add them in the comments section below.  Thank you!


1.   "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you CAN DO."  ~John Wooden
2.   “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.”  ~H. Jackson Brown Jr. 

3.   “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”  ~Donald Trump

4.   “A word of ENCOURAGEMENT from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of ENCOURAGEMENT from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.”  ~John C. Maxwell

5.   “Leaders must ENCOURAGE their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.”  ~Warren G. Bennis

6.   “Listen to the desires of your children. ENCOURAGE them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.”  ~Denis Waitley

7.   “You do not live in a vacuum nor can you harvest the better fruits of life without help and ENCOURAGEMENT from others.”  ~Og Mandino

8.   “Instruction does much, but ENCOURAGEMENT everything."  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9.   “ENCOURAGEMENT from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert.” ~Claire Gillian

10.  “A word of ENCOURAGEMENT during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”  ~Author Unknown

11.  “You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and ENCOURAGING your greatest asset.”  ~Tom Hopkins

12.  “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of ENCOURAGING people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”  ~Queen Elizabeth II

13.  “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”  ~Flavia Weedn

14.  “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”  ~Christian D. Larson

15.  “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”  ~Maya Angelou

16.  “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”  ~Og Mandino

17.  “I know of no more ENCOURAGING fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

18.  “One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of ENCOURAGEMENT.  When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.”  ~John O'Donohue

19.  “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”  ~Doug Firebaugh

20.  “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

21.  “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”   ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

22.  “Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  ~Arthur Ashe

23.  “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible' ”  ~Audrey Hepburn

24.  “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”  ~Author Unknown

25.  “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive”  ~Howard Thurman

26.  “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.”  ~Jim Rohn

27.  You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with ENCOURAGING and hope-building people.  ~Zig Ziglar

28.  “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”  ~Mae Jemison

29.  “Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom under ENCOURAGEMENT.”  ~Donald A. Laird

30.  “ENCOURAGEMENT adds oxygen to one's life personally, and creates a healthier culture within organizations when implemented by practice, professionally.”  ~Annie Armen 


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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Value of Mutual Reciprocity by Referrals

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"LOYAL customers, they don’t just come back, they don’t simply recommend you, they INSIST that their friends do business with you."  ~Chip Bell, Founder Chip Bell Group

How Can I Ever Repay You?

Over the years, is there someone in your circle of influence who has inspired you, who has impacted your life in a fruitful way, whether personally or professionally?  Have you expressed your deepest gratitude with words like:  "How can I ever repay you”  or, “I owe you big time”?.  If yes, did you take action toward helping your friend grow his/her business, or did you stop there simply because you were unclear on what more you can do beyond saying, "thank you"?

Dear Why Annie Armen Readers, while it is appreciated to acknowledge, validate, and genuinely compliment a fellow friend/colleague/client for all the ways he/she has helped impact your life both personally and professionally, why stop there?  

Share Your Experience With Others 

After thanking someone for their help, often times you may hear a response that goes something like this:  "No need to thank me.  Would much prefer if you can share your experience with others."  Do you know why that is?

When you choose to let others know about your positive experience from professional services rendered, that action taken on your part potentially results in your friend acquiring new business by your referral.  The value of mutual reciprocity by referrals is a beautiful thing!

Now the Question Becomes, HOW? 

While many of you may already be familiar with the list you are about to read below, perhaps you may find value in putting this 'friendly reminder list" to use by sharing this article with others who are looking for effective ways to refer business your way.  Here below are 5 simple action steps you can take now to address the "how" factor in “How can I ever repay you?:

1.  Write up a professional endorsement (preferably using your company letterhead) sharing your positive experience to generate potential referral leads for your friend.  Both mail the original copy and email it to your friend as an attachment, for his/her instant use.

2.  Visit your friend's social media pages online at LinkedIn, Google+, and Facebook for starters.  Look for the "reviews" section.  Copy and paste your endorsement there to make your shout out visible to the public to generate lead traffic toward your friend's business.

3.  Do you have a blog?  If your answer is no, you can create one at no cost to you by visiting either or  After creating one, or if you already have a blog, you can write and publish an article about your amazing experience(s) in working with your friend, and the impact his/her guidance has had on your business, with a link to your friend's website(s).  How cool is that! 

Here is one example of an article I wrote referring my top 3 clients, titled "5 Days of Business". 

4.  VERY IMPORTANT STEP:   Ask your friend to produce a letter that you can share and give to people in your extended network to make it very easy for you to refer his/her professional services to others.

5.  Review your overall "contacts" base and purposefully select 5-10 potential persons and/or organizations you can reach out to, who you believe can benefit from your friend's services.  Here is where you can now use the specific letter produced by your friend (refer to step #4 above) to effectively facilitate an introduction and activate the referral process.

Nothing is Ever for FREE

When you are asked for pricing for your friend's services, immediately refer them to your friend for that particular discussion, and stay clear of volunteering information like:  "I was lucky... Charlie didn't charge me for anything."  Why?

When you say you were rendered professional services for “free”, without your intention, you are hurting your friend's business, and you are potentially advertising false hope -- that perhaps, just perhaps he or she can also receive "free" service(s).  Please stop and think about that for a moment.

The reality is, you in fact HAVE PAID into your friend's business over the years in many other ways, which has earned you that complimentary service.  For example, you may have provided your friend with revenue generating ideas that have resulted in ROI for his/her business.  Your friend recognizes this fact, and chooses to reciprocate complimentary services to help YOU (not potential referrals) in mutual reciprocity.  

Remember, nothing is ever for FREE!  Someone is always paying the price somewhere!


The Value of Mutual Reciprocity by Business Referrals is a beautiful thing!  While feeling and expressing gratitude is important, purposeful actions taken immediately thereafter to compliment your heartfelt words of gratitude go a long way, resulting in mutually loyal, fruitful relationships both personally and professionally! 

As you are working on referring business to your friend, let's reciprocate to you as well. 

1.  Who do you know who can recommend you today? 
2.  What type of person / company makes a good referral for you?
3.  Have you produced a letter he or she can use to refer business your way?

~Annie Armen  

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