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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.

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– Robert Frost

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

– William Jennings Bryan

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"

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

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

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

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

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

– Abraham Lincoln

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

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Brian Tracy

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Noela Evans

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Robert H. Schuller

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Marcel Proust

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

– Booker T. Washington

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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

– Oscar Wilde

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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

– Charles Dickens

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

– Winston Churchill

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

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

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Peter F. Drucker

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

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

– Bruce Lee

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan