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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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                          How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

                          How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

                          Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed and exhausted.

                          If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm; leaving you calmer, in control and a lot less stressed.

                          1. Write Everything down to Offload Your Mind

                          The first thing you can do when you begin to feel overwhelmed is to write everything down that is on your mind.

                          Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s on your mind.

                          For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind”.

                          The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will begin the process of removing your feeling of overwhelm. Writing things down can really change your life.

                          2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

                          Once you have ‘emptied your head,’ go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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                          As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

                          Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. Here’s How to Cultivate a More Meaningful To Do List.

                          3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

                          Now here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and us humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take:((Odhable: Genesis of Parkinson’s Law))

                            This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad but they stick to the belief it will only take thirty minutes. It’s more wishful thinking than good judgment.

                            We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage. If you have estimated that to write five emails that desperately need a reply to be ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

                            Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is you put yourself under a little time pressure and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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                            When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time and so it plays tricks on us and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our colleagues to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

                            Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening and we get more focused and more work done.

                            4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

                            Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos. Go through your to-dos and schedule time on your calendar for doing those tasks. Group tasks up into similar tasks.

                            For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

                            Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

                            5. Make Decisions

                            For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

                            If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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                            If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss, a colleague and get advice.

                            Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. You need to make a decision to deal with it and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved. (You can take a look at this guide on How To Make Good Decisions All The Time.)

                            I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend of mine of the problem. He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I paid a smaller amount for a couple of months.

                            This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

                            The first, don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second, there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

                            6. Take Some Form of Action

                            Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we feel overwhelmed (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

                            The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

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                            It also means rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible and you can make decisions easier about what to do about them. Often it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be you see you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

                            Overwhelm is not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work, it can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

                            The Bottom Line

                            Make a decision, even if it is to just talk to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something on its own will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution one way or another.

                            When you follow these strategies to can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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