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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.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

– J.K. Rowling

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

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

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– A wisdomism

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

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

– Robert Frost

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

– Peter F. Drucker

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– Jesse Jackson

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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"

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

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

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

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

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

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

– Noela Evans

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein