10 Motivating Quotes from Self-Made Women

10 Motivating Quotes from Self-Made Women

We’ve all had those days when we can’t motivate ourselves, no matter how hard we try. We find ourselves feeling jealous over someone else’s success, a problem that needs fixing hits us hard, or we simply wonder if our true fate is to do something else.

On those days, the best way to get motivated is to look to those who have made it and feel inspired by their success, not jealous. While it may appear on the surface that their success came easily, you can be sure that behind every success story is plenty of dark days, mistakes and rejections.

For a little help, read on to discover the most inspiring and motivating quotes from ten super-successful, self-made women. (Note: You may want to write these down!)

Jessica Alba

While you may know Jessica Alba best for Sin City and Fantastic Four, Alba has been busy building a $1 billion lifestyle brand. She spoke to Inc. magazine on the trials she faced getting The Honest Company off the ground. “Everyone I approached was sceptical. There wasn’t one person who said, ‘Yeah, that can happen.’ I heard ‘Just do one thing really well and then you can expand’ a lot. But I wanted this to be a whole lifestyle brand,” said Alba. “It’s hard for people to take anyone seriously who’s never done this before. They see you only as something else. But all that just gave me fire to move forward.”

Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso is the brain behind online retailer Nasty Gal, the shop we all know and love. Amoruso spoke to Entrepeneur.com about how to learn to be an entrepreneur: “Just do it. Stop and listen, then keep moving. Evolve. Don’t be too attached to the result. Sometimes you end up with something even better than you set out to accomplish. The best wisdom is earned through experience, particularly mistakes.”

Lauren Conrad

While for some – including fashion designer, author and former reality star, Lauren Conrad – negativity comes with the territory, it isn’t easy to ignore. Take it from Conrad, though; it’s better to brush it away. “There is always gonna be a little bit of … negativity,” Conrad tells Marie Claire US. “You realise it doesn’t matter. It’s so simple, but it’s a very hard lesson to learn.”

Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson is a wunderkind and wise beyond her years, and that is thanks in part to the fact she doesn’t let her influence or success go to her head. “My legacy is not in my control. It won’t matter to me and maybe not even to other people after I die, so what’s the point,” she tells The Great Discontent. “I’m young, and there is a lot I still want to create, so my first impulse is to shut up and get to work…”

Mindy Kaling

Actress, comedian and writer Mindy Kaling is a force to be reckoned with. While she is best known for The Office and The Mindy Project, Kaling has hundreds of projects under her belt. Why? As she writes in her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?, Kaling believes in forging your own path: “…write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.”

Beyoncé Knowles

To run the world the way Beyoncé does, it takes a certain amount of confidence. Follow Queen Bey’s advice. “I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions,” Knowles told US Harper’s Bazaar. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

Chiara Ferragni

The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni could never have imagined the fashion blog she started in October 2009 would grow to be one of the biggest and most financially fruitful in the world. Her key to success? “Everything you do, try to do it as best as you can,” says Ferragni. “We all make mistakes, and I can’t even count how many I make every day. Don’t let the fear of failure prevent you from realising a dream.”

Michelle Phan

YouTube sensation Michelle Phan has worked hard to grow her media brand over the last few years. According to Phan, however, you have to mix hard work with fate. “There is destiny, but I think you also have to make your own destiny,” Phan told The Fashion Spot. “You have to truly believe in it and find all the signs that the universe gives you. So, that’s what I did. I kept my eyes open, and looked for all these signs in life.”

Samantha Wills

Jewellery designer Samantha Wills believes listening to your intuition can lead to great things, as she tells Daily Life. “Sometimes you’ve just got to go and do things,” says Wills. “You can always be ready to go, but you should be patient and not force things that could result in bad decisions being made. It has to feel right. As a female, you have a gut instinct you need to listen to.”

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour is the editor of US Vogue and one of the most powerful people in the fashion industry. While she is rumoured to be fearsome, her advice to others is all about being fearless: “Even if you aren’t sure of yourself, pretend that you are, because it makes it clearer for everyone else,” says Wintour in Alastair Campbell’s Winners: And How They Succeed. “Most people prevaricate. I decide fast. I think it’s helpful to people who work for you. The world we are in is about instinct and being fast and responding.”

By | 2016-11-26T13:04:05+00:00 January 10, 2016|Health, Psyche|

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