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Sonya Gavankar, Image Expert

Sonya Gavankar is an award winning television personality who can be seen hosting programs on PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news.

She serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.

In her free time Ms Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films.

In 2013, she joined the Inkandescent team as the supervising producer for the growing TV shows on InkandescentTV.com.

Learn more about Sonya at sonyagavankar.com.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Brian Tracy

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Bruce Lee

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

– Albert Einstein

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Buddha

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

– Christopher Morley

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– African Proverb

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

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

– Albert Einstein

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Lao Tzu

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

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

– Francesca Reigle