Sarah Blakely

If you see it, you can be it. And on the days that you’re overwhelmed it’s nice to sit back and look at inspiring women who are kicking goals in their field. If you’re having a bad day, or just need a little bit of extra motivation, here are some quotes from women that can inspire you.

“Just go for it. Too often, women have a confidence gap that makes them pause and slow down while men dive in and learn as they go. Just go for it!” Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing – Fidelity Investments

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network

“Raise your hand, take risks, and don’t fear failure—it’s one of the biggest impediments to success.” Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States of America

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney, Former President of Disney-ABC Television Group

“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian, Television Host, Executive Producer

“Life happens—and the conflicting demands of work and home often change your ‘original’ path. Lateral movement, or even moves to smaller positions, can differentiate skills and experience in ways that eventually lead to bigger roles.” Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial

“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

“When I was being considered for a senior role, I was told on an evaluation to avoid wearing pink because it made me look too ‘girlish’… Indirectly, I was told my femininity was a barrier. Because of my outward appearance, they couldn’t see my internal strength. Regardless, I fought back and got the job. Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to wear pink.” Karen Lynch, President of Aetna

Now get back in there and be an inspiration to others. You’ve got this!

 

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