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Motivation from famous entertainers: Bill Cosby and the key to failure

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Bill Cosby (1937 - ) has been able to bridge several genres. Starting as a stand-up comic he won acclaim for his role in the TV series "I Spy" in the 1960s. However his most memorable role was as the head of the Huxtable home on a show bearing his name.

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Children loved his Fat Albert cartoon series, based on a character in his stand-up act.

Drama, comedy and children’s animation were all venues that he would master successfully.

“I don’t know the key to success,” he said, “But the key to failure is _________________.” Try to guess which of the following is his key to failure:

  1. Giving up.
  2. Lacking a vision.
  3. Not knowing your goal.
  4. Trying to please everybody.

To see how Cosby ended the quote, click here.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by famous entertainers. Some wonder how an entertainer can inspire someone trying to pursue a career or build a business. The truth is that entertainers must be shrewd businesspeople in order to manage their career, finances and public image. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Problem solving.
  • Goal setting.

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.


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