A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 08, 2014
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs”

"Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs” is printed on many posters, with credit to American businessman Farrah Gray. “If you don’t build your own dream, someone else will hire you to help build theirs” is also printed on many posters, credited to American motivational speaker Tony Gaskins.

“BUILD YOUR DREAMS—Or someone will hire you to build theirs!” was cited in a 1996 newspaper classified ad. “Build Your Dreams or Someone Will Hire You To Build Theirs!” was cited in 2007. No authorship was cited for either.

“If you don’t build YOUR own dream, somebody will hire you to help build theirs” was written on Twitter by Tony A. Gaskins, Jr. on March 6, 2010. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs” was credited to Farrah Gray on Daily Business Quotes for July 9, 2012.


Wikipedia: Farrah Gray
Farrah Gray (born Farrakhan Khalid Muhammad) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He was named as one of the most influential black men in America by the National Urban League.

Gray was raised on Chicago’s South side. He began his entrepreneurial career at the age of six selling homemade lotion and hand-painted rocks door-to-door. He is the CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing.

Gray is the son of black nationalist Khalid Muhammad.

Wikipedia: Tony Gaskins
Tony Gaskins is a motivational speaker, author and life coach. Having appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show and TBN’s 700 Club, Gaskins has become one of the most sought after speakers in the USA. He speaks on various topics including business, success and self-development but is most known for his love and relationship advice for women[8] which has garnered him a large Twitter following. In 2011, he made Under30Ceo’s Top 50 Most Motivational People on the Web.

5 September 1996, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH), pg. E3, col. 1 classified ad:
BUILD YOUR DREAMS
Or someone will hire you to build theirs!

Google Groups: Dental and medical benefits
testing group
Kim Lerner
6/14/07
(...)
“Build Your Dreams or Someone Will Hire You To Build Theirs!”

Twitter
RhinoSilver
‏@RhinoSilver_DMV
Build your OWN DREAMS, or someone else will hire you...to build theirs! http://bit.ly/5tsKRD
7:53 AM - 27 Jan 2010

Twitter
Chandra Michaels
‏@Sugarluxe
Build your OWN DREAMS, or someone else will hire you...to build theirs!  #design #quotes (via @0Frank)
5:34 PM - 31 Jan 2010

Twitter
Tony A. Gaskins Jr
‏@TonyGaskins
“If you don’t build YOUR own dream, somebody will hire you to help build theirs"-Whose dream R u building?
8:21 PM - 6 Mar 2010

Google Books
Raise Your Game:
How to Build on Your Successes to Achieve Transformational Results

By Suzanne Hazelton
S. Albans, Herts (UK): Ecademy Press
2012
Pg. 47:
“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” ~ TONY GASKINS

Daily Business Quotes
July 9, 2012 by dailybizquotes
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” -Farrah Gray

Under30CEO
Why I Left Google: Solopreneurship and the Freedom Lifestyle
By Arman Assadi
October 31, 2012
(...)
It’s time you started living the life you know you were destined to live. “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

Twitter
QuotesNSmiles™
‏@QuotesNSmiles
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
1:10 PM - 18 Dec 2012

Google Books
Motivational, Inspirational and Success Quotes
To Get Motivated Every Day

By Elijah Bartini
LunaBulle
2013
Pg. ?:
-80-
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Farrah Gray

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, April 08, 2014 • Permalink