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Author Archives: Sonny Melendrez

7 Quotes That Will Fire Up Your Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Whether your are in the process of striking out on your own or a seasoned self-made entrepreneur, there are times when you’ll doubt the decision you’ve made.
May these powerful thoughts serve to rekindle your fire within!
1. Every worthwhile accomplishment, big […]

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Our Library of Thought

In 1771, young Robert Skipwith, sent a letter to Thomas Jefferson, requesting recommendations for his personal library.
“Let them be improving as well as amusing …. Let them amount to about five and twenty pounds sterling, or, if you think proper, […]

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How To Be Happy In 60 Seconds

The man who taught millions how to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie, had his own theory on what makes one happy. He said, “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what […]

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How To Restart Your Career

Several years ago, I began a ritual that has served me well in growth, prosperity and enthusiasm for the coming 12 months. (It’s a practice that can be done anytime.)
At the beginning of each new year, I set out to […]

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Photographer to the Stars: Jonathan Exley

In 1976 I was photographed by a young professional starting out in Los Angeles, named Jonathan Exley. He came highly recommended and I remember that he had a modest studio on Santa Monica Blvd.. Jonathan was kind-hearted, soft-spoken and extremely […]

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Sonny Melendrez Community Center

What a joyful privilege it was to personally present families with Thanksgiving turkeys at the Melendrez Community Center on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, made possible through the extreme generosity of our friends at HEB. Special thanks go out to SMCC […]

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My Father’s Spirit

When my brother Rick, who lives in El Paso, visits San Antonio, we always take a walk in the neighborhood where we grew up.
The building where my father’s small barbershop was located still stands at the corner of Nolan & […]

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Live Your Life

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Live your life and forget your age.” Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine that you have nothing. Then, open your eyes and look around. A barking dog, a crying baby, and yes, even […]

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The Day Helen Keller Met Charlie Chaplin

This has to be one of my favorite pictures of all-time.
It was taken at the Chaplin Studios in Hollywood in late 1918, during the filming of Sunnyside. 
Ms. Keller communicated with Chaplin by reading his lips with her hands, as she felt […]

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The Wisdom of Rocky Balboa

“You see this guy here? That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face. I believe that’s true in the ring, and I think that’s true in life. Now show me something.” ~Rocky Balboa to Adonis Johnson in […]

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