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Kathleen McCarthy, senior editor, Be Inkandescent magazine

A freelance editor and writer in the mental health field for the last 20 years, Kathleen McCarthy is the senior editor for Be Inkandescent Magazine, and also writes the magazine’s Parenting column.

In 2012, Kathleen became the manager of the new speakers bureau, InkandescentSpeakers.com, an international organization of small business experts that travel around the globe to provide best practices to entrepreneurs.

She also handles the editing, design, and layout for the monthly online newsletter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

As a freelance writer and editor, her clients have included government agencies, corporations, and universities. Before becoming a freelancer, she worked for several nonprofit associations, including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the American Association for Engineering Education.

A deadline fanatic, Kathleen is zealous about the virtues of the serial comma and admires writers who can translate dense topics into artful prose. In her spare time, she likes to diagram sentences.

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies