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10 Inspiring Quotes By Some of the World’s Most Successful Women

We’ve long known that women have some of the best advice when it comes to… well, being a successful woman.

Need some inspiration, motivation, and drive to keep moving forward? Here is a collection of quotes from the world’s most successful women:


1. Amelia Earhart

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“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

Amelia Earhart was a pioneer for women in general. Often called the First Lady of Flight, she was the first woman to fly an aircraft on her own, alone. This quote goes without saying. Like Earhart showed us, it takes action to achieve success. Don’t worry about ironing out each and every wrinkle or uncertainty (yours or anyone else’s!) in your plan. Just start. Just do it.


2. Ayn Rand

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 “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand, often known for her Objectivism philosophy, was a successful Russian writer and philosopher in the early 1900’s. This quote shows her confidence and determination, one which we can all apply daily. You are the most powerful woman in the world. No one can stop you. Remember this when you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed or inadequate.


3. Marie Curie

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

Curie was a Polish and French chemist who pioneered some of the very first work on radioactivity, changing the world forever. Perseverance and consistency is key. So many times, we want to sit and dwell on the hardships we experience. But this accomplishes nothing. Instead, we must take the time to know and believe that we have a goal, a purpose and the talent and means to achieve success.


4. Coco Chanel

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The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

As one of the most influential women of her generation, especially in the fashion industry, Chanel said it best. Hold true to your own beliefs. Its so important to think for ourselves, make our own choices and belief systems.


5. Estee Lauder

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“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

Another iconic woman of the fashion industry, Lauder built an enormous company through a lot of hard work and determination. This quote is another clean, cut and dry one. With hard work, comes success.


6. Michelle Obama

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“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

Many people know Michelle Obama as the First Lady, but not many realize she has been an extremely successful woman for most of her life. From becoming a lawyer, to a writer, university administrator and activist during (and after) her position in the White House. She brings up an extremely important aspect of success; we should base our success not just on the profit we make, but on the impact we make on others.


7. Maya Angelou

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

One of the world’s most famous poets and activists, Maya Angelou lived through many of the most important and life changing events in US history. This quote not only summarizes Angelou’s personality, and beliefs, but it shows us all that through failure and defeat, we must get up again and keep moving forward. From Angelou herself, Still I Rise. 

8. Barbara Corcoran

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“When you’re building a business, you’re either all in, or you’re not.” – Barbara Corcoran

Often known for her role on Shark Tank, Corcoran has been one of the first and most successful women in real estate, in the 21st century. She built a real estate empire, and now invests in other business ventures as well. And she is absolutely right. As I talk about often on this blog, you’re 100 percent in or 100 percent out, whatever you do. Clearly, Corcoran shares these same sentiments!

9. Jennifer Lopez

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“You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of them.”- Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has been a very successful Latina performer and artist for many years, even recently winning the prestigious Video Vanguard award (a first for a Latina artist) among other awards. This quote speaks for itself. There is a cycle to life; everything you put in, is everything you will receive. This definitely applies to running a business.

10. Jessica Alba

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“There are no limitations on what’s possible.” – Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is another successful actress and performer, but what many people may not realize, is that she also runs a business called Honest Co. Alba has been very successful with her business venture, and there doesn’t seem to be an expiration date on those achievements, showing that this quote has rung true to Alba and can ring true to the rest of us!

Hope these quotes have gotten you motivated, inspired, and encouraged to move forward with your professional and personal goals!

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