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Donna Fisher, author, "Professional Networking for Dummies"

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Donna Fisher is an entrepreneur at heart. She loves creating and growing fun and profitable businesses. For 20 years, she has had her own business as a speaker/trainer for corporate meetings, conferences and conventions. She earned her Certified Speaking Professional designation CSP in 1998 and has continued to present programs on “People, Power and Possibilities.”

Along with her speaking business, she is the co-owner and President of HiHat, Inc., a manufacturing and retail business for drums and percussion instruments. http://www.percussiononline.com

In 2009, the Percussion Center was ranked as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman-Owned Businesses in Houston” based on a growth of 156% from 2002 to 2009 and 20.8% from 2007 to 2008. This led to the creation of her training program, “Drumming Up Business.”

In 2004, she rediscovered her creative side and her love of crocheting while visiting her Mother in North Carolina. The creative juices led to the development of three products, the camishawl, the Sharap and Chakra Shawls. Her product line is Soft & Luxurious custom designed and hand created wearable textiles. http://www.softandluxurious.com

Her five books, “Power Networking,” “People Power,” “Power NetWeaving,” “Switched-On Networking,” and “Professional Networking for Dummies” have been translated into four languages, recommended by Time magazine, and used as reference books in corporations and universities.

Donna’s mission is to be a catalyst for people to communicate and relate with respect and dignity and connect with people to make a difference. She helps people get set up to use Send Out Cards to stay connected with clients, prospects, family and friends.

For more information, visit www.donnafisher.com.

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

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Avenida Margarita

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Eve Ensler

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Voltaire

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

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

– Robert Frost

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Henry David Thoreau

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

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– William Blake

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

– Chinese Proverb

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– African Proverb

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

– Steven Schussler

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

– Mae West

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

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

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

– Alfred Adler

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

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

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

– Michelle Sedas

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

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

– A wisdomism

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

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

– Virginia Woolf

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

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

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

– Edgar W. Howe

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong