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30 Inspiring Quotes From Highly-Successful Women

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If you’re just getting started as an entrepreneur, life and your career can start to feel overwhelming and even intimidating. It’s something we can’t avoid! Luckily, these highly-successful women have failed a dozen or more times to get where they are today, and therefore their wisdom is gold! We can learn a lot from their experience.

I scoured the internet to find the most inspiring quotes on life and career from highly-successful women who have made an impact on people’s lives. Hopefully, their words will inspire you as well.

30 Inspiring Quotes from Highly-Successful Women

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”

— Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host, Producer, Philanthropist

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

 J.K. Rowling, British Author, Screenwriter

“There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”

 Tina Fey, Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer

“I taught myself confidence. When I’d walk into a room and feel scared to death, I’d tell myself, ‘I’m not afraid of anybody.’ And people believed me. You’ve got to teach yourself to take over the world.”

— Priyanka Chopra, Actress, Miss World 2000

“What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if nobody paid me”

 Gretchen Rubin, Author, Blogger, Speaker

“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”

— Cheryl Strayed, Author, Podcast Host

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”

Amy Poehler, Actress, Comedian, Director, Writer

“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, Co-Founder of Huffington Post, Author

“I think the main thing is: Just do it. Plunge in! Being Canadian, I go swimming in icy cold lakes, and there is always that dithering moment. “Am I really going to do this? Won’t it hurt?” And at some point, you just have to flop in there and scream. Once you’re in, keep going. You may have to crumple and toss, but we all do that. Courage! I think that is what’s most required.”

— Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer, Environmental Activist

“Pay attention to the itch. That feeling, that their’s something else bigger out there for you, that you should be doing something else better for you – that is a feeling that you have to pay attention to you can’t ignore it.”

Ann Shoket, Former Editor-In-Chief of Seventeen Magazine, Writer

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.”

Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Proactively bring passion to everything you touch, to everything you do. No matter what task is in front of you, bring as much enthusiasm and energy to it as you possibly can. Bring your full attention, your full presence, the Godlike quality that each of us has within, to every task in your day.”

Marie Forleo, American Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author, Web Television Host

“If you learn to control your finances, you won’t find yourself stuck in jobs, places, or relationships that you hate just because you can’t afford to go elsewhere.”

— Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal, Author

“When it comes to goals, dreams, and changing your life, your inner wisdom is a genius. Your goal-related impulses, urges, and instincts are there to guide you. You need to learn to bet on them.”

Mel Robbins, Motivational Speaker, Television Host, Author

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.”

Michele Ruiz, President and CEO of Ruiz Strategies

“If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.”

Candice Carpenter, Founder of

“You never lose in your business, either you win or you learn. Never hire someone you can’t fire. Choose your life partner carefully. An unsupportive spouse can kill a business faster than a bad marketing plan.”

— Melinda F. Emerson, the “SmallBizLady”, Author

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

— Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo! Inc.

“What I learn from talking to so many women around the world: If you can empower them with the right things, the right tools, they can lift up their family. And that ultimately lifts up their community and their society”

Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.”

— Caterina Fake, Co-Founded Flickr

“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Founder of, Author

“Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any one person’s opinion move you; listen, but be confident.”

Amanda Kahlow, Founder and CEO 6Sense

“I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, but just because you don’t fit the classic mold doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader. You just need to find your own style and someone with a similar style who you can learn from.”

Jess Lee, CEO of Polyvore

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

— Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX 

“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.”

Katia Beauchamp: Cofounder and CEO, Birchbox

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them”

Madam C.J. Walker, Founded Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company

“Are you ready for the cold harsh reality about the real world? It’s simple. You can’t say things like, ‘I can’t’, ‘I don’t know’, or ‘I haven’t figured it out’.”

Lauren Berger, “Intern Queen”, Founder of CareerQueen and InternQueen

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”

Brené Brown, Professor, Author, Speaker

“Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Always be cultivating a support network so that when you stumble — and you will — they’ll be there to catch you.”

Claire Wasserman, CEO & Founder of Ladies Get Paid

“Try to realize that if you reach out to 10 people in the industry, three might write you back and two of them will probably just drop off the radar because they get too busy or something happens. But all you need is one person to give you a chance.”

Eva Chen, Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram



Which inspiring quote from these highly-successful women spoke to you the most? Share in the comments below how the quote applies to your own life. 

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