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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.

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

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

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Groucho Marx

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Buddha

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

– Steven Schussler

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

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

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Aristotle

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

– General Omar Bradley

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Anna Pavlova

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Tony Robbins

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Albert Einstein

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

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

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Michelle Sedas

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

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

– Thomas Edison

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Napoleon

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats