Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit : Cory A. Booker

  • Stand up for something.
  • You will always face outrageous adversaries.
  • Regardless of the storm you must be willing to stand.
  • Before you can stand tall you have to understand you the result of a grand conspiracy of love.
  • You have a choice: will you grow dumb, fat, and happy as you feast on what was provided for you.
  • OR, will metabolize your blessings and stand up and use them for what they were intended for?
  • What will you do?
  • Everyone is born an original, sadly most die copies.
  • You were born unique.
  • Don’t let the world defeat you or seduce you into mediocrity.
  • In the midst of people who seem to be reaching higher than you, head for the roof!
  • You have a divinity within you.
  • You have access to untold opportunities… you must claim them.
  • Don’t let the world tell you who you are.
  • Don’t accept your existence as it is.
  • We are the result of those people who did not see the world as other people saw it.
  • In the midst of slavery they saw freedom.
  • In the midst of denial of basic rights they saw suffrage.
  • We were here because of people who had extraordinary vision and courage to do something about it.
  • Your attitude about the world says nothing about the world, it speaks to your character.
  • The world you see outside of you will always be a reflection of what you have inside of you.
  • Never let the world outside of you dim the courage and hope inside of you.
  • Be the change you want to see in the world.
  • The only way to make change in the world is to start with one’s self.
  • If it’s supposed to be, it’s up to me.
  • If we live our values we can create radical transformation.
  • History is a perpetual testimony to the achievement of the impossible.
  • Before you tell me what you want to teach or preach, show me first how you choose to live and give.
  • Who you are speaks so loudly that people can’t hear one thing you say.
  • There are so many distractions from the profound potential to do God’s work in this world.
  • Right now, in this moment, YOU can change the world.
  • God is not done with me yet.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity God has put right in front of you to show your truth to the world.
  • You have one choice: accept circumstances as they are or take responsibility for changing them.
  • We are stars… if we don’t live life brilliantly, we won’t leave a legacy of light and illumination.
  • Don’t dim.
  • Bring light into the darkness.
  • Turn barriers into blessings.
  • We have the power to transform the world we just get caught up in our own drama.
  • Don’t trip over people God has put in front of you for a reason.
  • Are we evidencing our truth?
  • You should do something.
  • Let us stand because people stood for us.
  • Let us stand.

In 2006, while still in his thirties, Cory Booker was elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey. With degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University (where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar), he moved to Newark during his final year at Yale Law School. In the years that followed, he lived in a troubled housing complex in the city’s Central Ward, advocated for education reform, served on the City Council, and founded the non-profit organization Newark Now. Unconventional in his approach to urban issues, he represents a new generation of pragmatic urban politicians. Since his election, Newark has seen a significant reduction in crime, doubled the amount of affordable housing under construction, slashed the city budget, and attracted over $100 million in private philanthropy.

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