Search for “inspirational quotes” online and millions of posts will pop up. That is because we, as entrepreneurs and human beings, are always looking for ways to get and stay motivated. However, in the hunt for this spark of inspiration, we fall upon quotes that are great but end up being from someone with who we cannot relate with. Think of falling upon quotes from Benjamin Franklin (and there are a lot of these) - really great words from the wise, but how relatable is it to a female entrepreneur?
It is important to take the time to choose the right inspirational quotes to take in. So, we have decided to make it more relevant to female entrepreneurs. Here is a list of 24 inspirational quotes from successful women in business.
Achieving Your Goals & Success
”Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mindset lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” - Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay
“An ounce of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.” - Sandra Yancey, CEO of eWomenNetwork
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Virginia Rometty, former CEO of IBM
“And if the end result is that someone, somewhere winds up believing they can do something out of the ordinary, well, then you’ve really made it.” - Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Apple
Being A Leader
“The Challenge of a leader is looking around the corner...and making the change before it’s too late to make the change.” - Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo.
“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” - Dolly Parton, Singer
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” - Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady and Founder of The Carter Center
“One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalize what they said.” - Lori Richardson, Score More Sales
Overcoming Obstacles & Dealing With Failure
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” - Barbara Corcoran, Businesswoman and Investor
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” - Arianna Huffington, Founder, and CEO of The Huffington Post
“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.” - Oprah Winfrey, Influential Public Figure
“Never take no personally. Sometimes people tell you no for a reason that has nothing to do with you. You must keep going.” - Sofia Vergara, Actress
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” - Marie Forleo, entrepreneur
“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.” - Estée Lauder, Co-Founder or Estée Lauder Cosmetics
“Work hard and own it. You make your own success and your own luck. Ask for what you deserve.” - Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder of Birchbox
“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” - Madame CJ Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire
Having A Millionaire Mindset
“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” - Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal
“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.” - Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop
“Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected.” - Lynda Barry, cartoonist
“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” - Caterina Fake, Co-Founder, Flickr
Embracing Being A Female Entrepreneur
“I think nowadays, women are breaking the borders of the boundaries and also trying to give a new interpretation in terms of the impact you can have to the society.” - Yang Lan, businesswoman
“This was the best thing I ever did. I mean, putting myself as the face of my business.” - Sue Bryce, Photographer
“Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that and I’ll learn by doing it.’” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
“The glass ceiling that once limited a woman’s career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties.” - Erica Nicole, Founder of YFS Magazine
We hope these successful female entrepreneurs and businesswomen inspired you as much as they did for us. Keep searching for inspirational quotes and store them somewhere you can go back to whenever you need a little spark!