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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.

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

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Brian Tracy

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

– Goldie Hawn

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

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

– Tony Robbins

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Steve Jobs

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Charles Dickens

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

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

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Oscar Wilde

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Albert Einstein

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Charles Dickens

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson