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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.

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

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

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– Chinese proverb

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

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Voltaire

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

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

– Lord Chesterfield

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

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

– Lao Tzu

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– T.S. Eliot

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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"

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

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

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

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– Aristotle

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Anais Nin

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

– Booker T. Washington

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Martha Beck

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Edgar W. Howe

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki