From Oprah to Arianna: here are 3 inspirational quotes to keep you focused and moving forward.
Some of the greatest entrepreneurs have experienced gigantic failures and setbacks, along with everyone telling them “no”. But they had a secret ingredient that separated their success stories from the failures: inspiration. Here are 3 quotes that will motivate and inspire you from 3 women entrepreneurs.
Everyone from Oprah to Arianna Huffington possesses a secret sauce that lets them keep going and say “no” right back to the face of thousands of “no’s”. Here are some quotes that show the essence of how they did it, and how you can do the same. Take these quotes and get inspired, and realize that you can tackle anything too.
“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
Way before she founded her successful namesake brand (Huffington Post for those who are unaware), Arianna Huffington was rejected by 36 different publishers. Rather than hiding under a rock or throwing in the towel (which would be pretty tempting after the 10th or so “no”), she realized that these “failures” were really her pathway to success. So if you ever get rejected, keep this in mind – your rejection is just a pathway to success!
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey
Oprah’s lifestyle as a child was a far cry from the life of billions she has today. In fact, it was a stark opposite – she grew up in extreme poverty, on a farm that lacked even indoor plumbing, and she grew up having to use homemade clothes.
Oprah and other greats have realized that success is only up to one person: you. That might sound a little harsh at first – but you can and should use it for inspiration. Every setback in life doesn’t determine your success; it’s the awesome things going forward that bring you greatness.
She also makes another very valid point – that as long as we’re doing our best, it will pave the way to more awesomeness. So stop doubting, and start loving the hustle!
“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 and the world’s youngest female billionaire)
Sara was going to try Law School, when she failed the LSAT twice, and realized how utterly depressed she was. She knew she needed to make a change, and do something, anything, other than continuing on that path.
She drew inspiration from a pair of leggings, when she cut off the toe end so her feet would look better in an open shoe. She knew barely anything about the fashion/garment industry, but realized that she was onto something, and kept going like a freight train. The best ideas are usually sourced this way – and what the most successful have in common is that they embrace discomfort with full force rather than run away.
We all need some motivation, and sometimes hearing inspirational quotes from inspirational women is the best recipe for success. Of course, you need a business plan, and solid financial sense. But never let comfort be the thing that stops you.
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