Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Oprah

Women have done some incredible things

Women have done some incredible things.

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a physicist and scientist who discovered radium and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.  Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a civil rights activist who helped change the world by refusing to give up her seat on the bus.  Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.  Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a mathematician who was also the first computer programmer. Sappho (570 BC) was the first known female writer and Plato said she was one of the ten greatest poets.  Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) was the leader of Egypt when the Roman Empire was trying to take over.  The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) fought for France against the English and led them to a victory at Orleans when she was only 17 years old.  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an anti-slavery advocate.  Lincoln said her book was a catalyst for the American Civil War.  Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) fought for women’s rights and was a key player in the suffragette movement to get the vote for women.   Continue reading

Try to slay dragons

American writer and comedian Bryan Callen said, “I think you should try to slay dragons.  I don’t care how big the opponent is.  We read about and admire the people who did things that were basically considered to be impossible.  That’s what makes the world a better place to live.”

That idea is what inspired me to write my book, The Treasure You Seek.  People who failed countless times before they succeeded.  People who overcame impossible odds.  People who never gave up. Continue reading

From our eyes

In Ed Catmull’s book Creativity, Inc., he mentions that during the research phase for Pixar’s hit movie Inside Out, they learned from a neuroscientist that only 40 per cent of what we see comes from our eyes.  The rest of the information is pulled from memory, patterns and experience. Continue reading

Daily gratitude

Oprah said it years ago.  And author Rachel Hollis reminded me this week.  About gratitude.  Daily gratitude.  And how it is a game-changer.

So as my kids prepare for the last day of school before summer, I am starting my own mini gratitude movement. Continue reading

The luck of the Irish

Since I was young, I’ve heard the phrase, “the luck of the Irish.”  Especially on March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day.

I’ve always felt very lucky in life, but I’ve also agreed with Oprah when she said, “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” Continue reading

Socrates reminds us to think for ourselves

On this day in 399 BC, ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death.  The charges were that he was corrupting the youth and did not believe in the gods of the time.

Socrates questioned the way things were and asked others to do the same.  He was the father of debate and cross-examining ideas.  He asked his students, including Plato, to think critically and scrutinize their lives.  Not to believe what the world was telling them without thinking in through.  He taught the idea that doing the right thing was more important than being a monetary success.  That happiness comes from the journey, not the destination. Continue reading

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