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Inspirational quotes from 15 successful career women

Updated: Feb 20, 2022

No matter where you are in your career; whether starting out, figuring things out, or a seasoned professional, we all have days where we feel overwhelmed, unmotivated and uninspired.

During these times, it’s easy to lose sight of your career goals and feel demotivated. I’ve found the following quotes a great help in helping me stay motivated and so I’m sharing them to get you back on track – I know you got this anyways!

My favourite quote is by Michelle Obama "There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story and using your authentic voice."

1. Maya Angelou on telling your story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

2. Emma Stone on self-confidence

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

3. Unknown on facing a hard time

Sometimes we are tested. Not to show our weaknesses, but to discover out strengths.

4. Oprah Winfrey on limitation

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.

5. Howard Walstein on Stepping out of your comfort zone (I know his male!)

Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t have to settle for what you are – you get to create who you want to be.

6. Elizabeth Cady Stanton on courage

The best protection any woman can have is courage.

7. Alice Walker on doubt

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

8. Cheryl Cole on mistakes

I’ve learned so much from my mistakes… I’m thinking of making some more.

9. Beyoncé on Power

Power is not given to you. You have to take it.
Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are.

10. Hellen Keller on optimism

Optimistic is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.

11. Estée Lauder on success

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

12. Barbara Corcoran on not feeling sorry for yourself

The difference between successful people and other is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.
Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.

13. Leymah Gbowee on being bold

You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoes.
I never allow fear to stop me.

14. Sheryl Sandberg on starting

Done is better than perfect.
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.

15. Marilyn Monroe on being the great female you are

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it

R x



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