Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Loved Ones

In celebrating Thanksgiving, we’d like to pay special tribute to Joyce Newman, founder of The Newman Group, who influenced the professional and personal lives of thousands of people, and Maya Angelou, the author and poet whose magical words and expressions Fotolia_24795853_XS-300x3001always got to the heart of the human experience.

Joyce passed away in January 2017 after valiantly battling a very aggressive and treatment-resistant form of Multiple Myeloma for just over two years. She wanted nothing more than to continue living and loving life and to continue her work.

Maya passed away in 2014 but her sentiments, like Joyce’s, will continue to inspire generations to come. A favorite of Joyce’s that is often used in presentations is:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

It’s so easy to toss off a stinging criticism or to ignore a job well done. We know it’s thoughtless but we make the excuse that we didn’t mean it or didn’t have time to extend a compliment.

Maya reminds us that our actions have lasting consequences. So let’s get into the holiday spirit with other inspirational quotes from this iconic woman:

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. 

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Maya Angelou

Joyce Newman

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that “making a living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”

I’ve learned that sometimes life gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

We are thankful this Thanksgiving for our loving families, our friends and our exceptional clients.

What are you thankful for as we begin the holiday season? Please share your thoughts below – and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

2 comments to Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Loved Ones

  • Sharon Christopher

    I am so saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. Several years ago she worked with us at First Citizens Bank in Trinidad and Tobago and the things that I learnt from her then I still use in my presentations. Indeed I always attribute my success as a motivational speaker to the sterling foundation that was laid by Joyce.

    My sincerest condolences go out to her Husband and Daughter. Although she left some months ago I know that the first major holiday period after the moving on of a loved one can be so brutally painful. May God give you strength at this time and May she continue to rest in peace.

  • Marie Lerch

    What a beautiful tribute. I miss Joyce every day, but I will never forget how she made me feel or how much she taught me.

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