Owning your own online boutique or small business can be tough sometimes. But it also can be so rewarding and fulfilling. Sometimes, the difference between a boring task and an exciting one is all about your mindset. Think about it: by starting a business, you’ve totally taken charge of your own destiny. Sure, you’ll encounter plenty of challenges along the way, but if you keep at it, you just might be more successful than you’d ever dared imagine.
If you’re feeling down or a little less-than-inspired, take a beat and read these motivational quotes from 20 powerful, successful women. They’re full of good advice, empowering mantras, and reminders of just how limitless your potential is. Then, get right back into it and own this day. (Or recover for a little while longer before you conquer the world. You do you, girl!)
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.
- Ariana Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.
- Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, producer, actress, author, and philanthropist
Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.
- Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.
- Jen Sincero, life coach and author of You Are a Badass
Decide that you care more about creating your magic and pushing it out into the world than you do about how it will be received.
- Rachel Hollis, motivational speaker and author of Girl, Wash Your Face
The only way you can measure your success is by reflecting and seeing what you want out of the experience. And the journey is just as much a part of the success you seek out.
- Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company
Every pro starts off as an amateur. There’s not one top artist, athlete, writer, scientist, architect, entrepreneur, programmer, musician, or potter who enters the field at the top of her game. To begin anything new or learn anything new means you will be a neophyte. You must go from outsider to insider. Respect that. Embrace it. Be willing to suck.
- Marie Forleo, entrepreneur and author of Everything is Figureoutable
The single guiding principle that I try to follow, assuming blindly that the rest will fall into place, is to operate squarely in the present. I think it’s one of the most difficult things for anyone to do.
- Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier
I used to think work-life balance meant a certain amount of hours allocated to work and to your personal life. But to me, work-life balance is about having a purpose and loving what you do. Sometimes weeks will go by and I will have only thought about work, but none of that time feels wasted because there is a purpose to what I’m doing. It’s not about the hours.
- Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away
Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.
- Michelle Obama, former first lady and author of Becoming
We can’t become unique by copying someone else’s formula any more than we can become successful by striving for someone else’s definition of success. And really, what’s the point of succeeding by someone else’s rules anyway?
- Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect
To me, I will be a stronger person if I move forward, do the work I want, and continue to drive: force the purpose that I want to create versus doing what other people think I should be doing, which is never a way to live.
- Payal Kadakia, co-founder of Classpass
If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.
- Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.
- Beyoncé, music superstar
There are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time – longer than most people imagine… Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it… it’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love – staying in love.
- Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
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
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org
Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.
- Hillary Clinton, politician and former secretary of state
I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.
- Estée Lauder, co-founder of Estée Lauder
You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
- Brené Brown, professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host
Feeling inspired yet? Time to put those words into action. Internalize that wisdom and go conquer the world (like you were always meant to!)
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