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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.

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

– T.S. Eliot

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– T.S. Eliot

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

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

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Albert Einstein

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

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

– Winston Churchill

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

– Virginia Woolf

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

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

– Hindu Proverb

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Steven Schussler

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Christopher Morley

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 have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Napoleon

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

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

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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

– Groucho Marx

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– William Blake

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

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Maureen Cook