LTI Profile: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

“My left brain is doing the best job it can with the information it has to work with. I need to remember, however, that there are enormous gaps between what I know and what I think I know.”
~ Jill Bolte Taylor

Who here has heard of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? I hadn’t heard of her until this year when she was profiled in Success Magazine, but since then I have sought out videos of her talks on both TED.com and Oprah’s Soul Series. If you haven’t heard of Dr. Taylor, or even if you have, I encourage you to keep reading. In May of 2008, TIME Magazine chose Dr. Taylor as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her story has been featured in Success Magazine, she appeared as a guest on Oprah’s Soul Series in early 2010, and gave a keynote presentation at TED2008. Her story is intriguing and inspiring, which is why I share it with you today.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. What is that you ask? Since I had to look it up myself, here is the definition – in short, neuroanatomy is a

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LTI Profile: Oprah Winfrey

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Google ‘Oprah’ and you will come up with over 23 million hits in 0.09 seconds. She is a woman of immense wealth and influence, but she is also one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. Many also consider her to be a notable spiritual leader. From her tumultuous upbringing to now, Oprah has overcome many obstacles to become the success she is today. She is a true inspiration for following one’s dream, and not letting anyone stand in the way.

Oprah: The Person
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

Oprah was born on January 29th, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to a teenage mother. It is said that she had so little during her childhood that she had to wear a potato sack as a dress. However, she was a good student growing up and became an honours student in high school. Her dedication to her education and participation in clubs later earned her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University.

Oprah’s life has been filled with many hardships, including sexual abuse, weight fluctuations, and more than one abusive relationship. However, she has now found stability with her partner,

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Profile: Napoleon Hill

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Date of Birth: October 26, 1883 (Wise County, Virginia)

Date of Death: November 8, 1970 (Age 87)

Occupation: Author, Journalist, Lecturer

His Focus:

America’s most beloved motivational author.
Spent his life writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success.
Examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success.
Interviewed and analyzed over 500 successful men and women, many of them millionaires, in order to discover and publish his formula for success.

Books:

‘Think and Grow Rich’
‘The Law of Success’
‘Positive Action Plan: 365 Meditations For Making Each Day A Success’
‘Poems That Inspire You to Think and Grow Rich’

Website:

Napoleon Hill Foundation – http://www.naphill.org

Famous Quotes:

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”

“Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn

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