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15 Inspirational Quotes From Groundbreaking Women Leaders

15 Inspirational Quotes From Groundbreaking Women Leaders

We all have low periods when we think the challenges and odds against us is overwhelming. Yet such periods of difficulties are not meant to break us, but build us into becoming the best person we can be and influencing our environment. Finding succor in the words of groundbreaking women leaders could lead us to finding the energy to be inspired and motivated.

1. Anne Sweeney

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    “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”

    Anne Sweeney was the President of the Disney Channel from 1996 – 2014.

    2. Angelina Jolie

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      “I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.”

      Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian.

      3. J. K. Rowling

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        “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our friends, but as much to stand up to our enemies.”

        J K Rowling is a British novelist and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

        4. Madam C.J. Walker

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          “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

          Madam C J Walker was the first female self made millionaire in America.

          5. Oprah Winfrey

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            “I am a woman in the process; I’m just trying to be like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience and learn from it. Life is never dull.”

            Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, producer and philanthropist.

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            6. Michelle Obama

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              “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 Barack Obama is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

              7. Arianna Huffington

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                “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.”

                She is the co-founder and editress-in-chief of The Huffington Post

                8. Miuccia Prada

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                  “The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. The moment you start being in love with what you’re doing, and thinking it’s beautiful or rich, then you’re in danger.”

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                  Miuccia Prada is the Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind Prada and Miu Miu.

                  9. Mary Kay Ash

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                    “We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don’t know where you are aiming, you don’t have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, ‘she cared.”

                    Mary Kay Ash was an American business woman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

                    10. Helen Keller

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                      “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

                      Helen Keller was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor’s degree.

                      11. Melinda Gates

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                        “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”

                        Melinda Gates is the wife of Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates and the co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

                        12. Sheryl Sandberg

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                          “Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

                          Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

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                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                          In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                          Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                          How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                          • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                          • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                          • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                          • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                          • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                          • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                          When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                          1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                          Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                          2. Find What Inspires You

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                          Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                          On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                          3. Give Yourself a Break

                          When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                          Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                          4. Shake up Your Routines

                          Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                          Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                          When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                          5. Start with a Small Step

                          Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                          Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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