Success doesn’t come easy.
Long hours, late nights, little sleep, unwavering dedication towards a goal is what you will find in the wake of any successful person. The journey to the top is arduous. When you are making the climb, it can be invaluable to know that others before you also walked the path.
Knowing that the mountain has been climbed by those before you can bring a sense of calm and act as a beacon of hope. If someone else made it to the top, then so can you.
Here are 25 quotes from female entrepreneurs and leaders who made the hard climb to success.
“Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.” - Arianna Huffington
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” - Oprah Winfrey
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money- when you feel true passion for something you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” - Eileen Fisher
“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist – while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!” - Lori Greiner
“You are going to often find that to step into your biggest opportunity, you will be asked to move through your biggest fear or insecurity.” - Ali Brown
“There are many things you can do overnight but there is no overnight success.” - Tori Birch
“Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams. The World needs that special gift that only you have.” - Marie Forleo
“I want every little girl who’s been told she’s bossy to be told again she has leadership skills.” - Sheryl Sandberg
“In whatever you do, you’re not going to stand out unless you think big and have ideas that are truly original. That comes from tapping into your own creativity, not obsessing over what everyone else is doing.” - Sophia Amoruso
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” - Barbara Corcoran
“Build your business success around something that you love - something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.” - Martha Stewart
“Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. 'Here, open it, it's perfect. You'll love it.' Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They're risky. They challenge you.” - Susan Wojcicki
“I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” - Leah Busque
“Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.” - Vera Wang
“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” - Jenny Craig
“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” - Dianne Feinstein
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” - Marissa Mayer
“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel
“If you are starting your own business, the best shortcut is to find a good mentor.” - Kim Kiyosaki
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Virginia Rometty
“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
“Know what you bring. Know what you don’t bring. And build a team that covers everything you need.” - Angie Hicks
“There is no scientific answer for success. You can’t define it. You’ve simply got to live it and do it.” - Anita Roddick
“When something I can’t control happens, I ask myself : where is the hidden gift, where is the positive in this?” - Sarah Blakely
“It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead – in fact, it’s essential.” - Mary Barra
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