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Motivation from famous entertainers: David Brinkley tells how to handle critics

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Many Baby Boomers grew up hearing Chet Huntley and David Brinkley deliver the news nightly on NBC. The team was trustworthy in the eyes of their viewers that gravitated to the two-man show as opposed to the single delivery of Walter Cronkite on CBS.

But the news business is not a kind business. Those of differing opinions can and often will openly challenge your facts or reporting style. Brinkley turned a deaf ear to the criticism.

“A successful man is one,” said Brinkley, “who can lay a firm foundation _________________.” Choose the correct quote ending from the choices below.

  1. Through intellectual thinking.
  2. From the bricks thrown at him.
  3. In ethics.
  4. Acceptable to the liberal media.

To see the correct quote ending, click here.

After the team stepped down from the rigors of daily news Brinkley continued with a news interview program each weekend. “This Week with David Brinkley” allowed him to stay actively reporting but without the rigors of a daily newscast.

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:

  • Ethics.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Dealing with difficult people.

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



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