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Empowering Quotes From Successful Women

Empowering Quotes From Successful Women

Women are much more than beautiful faces or bodies. The women of today are successful, enduring, empowering, and packed with honesty that can get them from rags to riches. Perseverance is a trademark of the following women. They have seized the opportunities that came their way. Today, these women are successful, joyful, and prosperous.

Look at these quotes to get back some of the inspiration that may have been lost due to invariable circumstances. The quotes will help you to get moving in life, to get closer to your dreams and goals.

Women are powerful, smart, and intelligent. You can be just as successful as any woman. All it takes is a bit of perseverance and following through on your part, and you are well on your path to success.

1. Sarah Blakely

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. This can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else!” — Sarah Blakely

Know that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Just be aware that the learning process is the greatest strength of the human race. We can learn if we choose to learn. When we learn, we accomplish great things.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Spanx inventor Sara Blakely attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

    “We don’t have the luxury of time. We spend more because of how we live, but it’s important to be with our family and friends.” — Sarah Blakely

    Born February 27, 1971, Sarah Blakely, is an American businesswoman who founded Spanx, a hosiery company that is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Sarah Blakely was named in Time Magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of most influential people in the entire world.

    “I took a fear of flying class, and I always missed the class, because I was always flying.” — Sarah Blakely

    That didn’t stop her from achieving what she accomplished. It made her stronger and able to handle her failures as she did her successes. Just because the path is hidden at the beginning, doesn’t mean it will always be. You need to have faith in yourself and continue on your path of achieving your dreams. Blakely did exactly this. You are no less in any way.

    “Everything in our society is so purposeful.” — Sarah Blakely

    She initially planned to become an attorney, but being unsuccessful at the Law School Admission Test caused her to reconsider her career path. She later chose to take a job at Walt Disney World. She didn’t know what she wanted to do, was unsure of herself, and doubted herself, something of which we are all victims.

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    2. Sheryl Sandberg

    “Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of Option B!” — Sheryl Sandberg.

    Always choose your options wisely. Never give up on your dreams. Opportunities await you. You just have to seize them when given the chance.

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      Sheryl Kara Sandberg is famous for being an American technology executive, activist, and author. However, her distinction arises as Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She is reportedly worth over one billion dollars. Born in Washington DC, she currently resides in California and has two beautiful children.

      She is my inspiration and I hope she can be yours too. Just look at her list of achievements. When we talk about Facebook, we are talking about something important — being the COO is just the beginning. Who knows, with your talent and hard work, and her words of wisdom, perhaps you can be far more successful.

      All it takes is dedication to your craft, and the rest will simply fall into place. Always opt for the best. Her quote is saying simply that. Whenever you get an option, seize the best one and give it all your heart, blood, sweat, and tears. You will be provided with what you deserve.

      Why is her quote so important? Well, for a number of reasons, as it holds importance for everyday life. We must continue to keep trying in life. Giving up is never an option. Life is trying again and again until you succeed and feel that sense of fulfillment and achievement.

      3. Lori Greiner

      “Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist—while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!” — Lori Greiner

      Always seize opportunities; be an opportunist, not a pessimist. Sometimes, even being an optimist is not the best option. Maybe simply changing the way you seize opportunities is the best option for you. Try it and see for yourself. Be who you are by taking those opportunities.

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        Lori Greiner is an American inventor, investor, entrepreneur, and TV personality. She has created over 400 products and holds 120 US patents — that is quite some achievement. Why is this quote important to her and her life? Getting 400 products and 120 patents to your name is not an easy task or job. It takes a lot of “seizing the opportunity” and seizing the moment to achieve something like this.

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        Instead of cringing over the opportunities that didn’t come her way, she took the opportunities that did come her way, and made a great name for herself. You should and will do the same! I know you will — have faith and believe in yourself. Opportunities await you as well. You just need to seize them and you will be well on your way to greatness and success.

        4. Eileen Fisher

        “Life fulfilling work is never about the money—when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” — Eileen Fisher

        “Being passionate about something is the greatest thing you can feel. Don’t worry about things like money. Worry about your true calling and passion.” — Eileen Fisher

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          Nurturing your talent is important. Never think about money when you do something; instead, give it your all — your heart and your best, and watch yourself being immersed in something you truly love. Passion is fueled by something you feel inside, it does not happen as a cause or result of money.

          Eileen Fisher, through her quote, is saying exactly that. As always, find your true calling. You will not be disappointed you did. On the contrary, you’ll be proud that you did something for the ambitious soul inside of you.

          5. Barbara Corcoran

          “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend feeling sorry for themselves!” — Barbara Cocoran

          “Get up on your feet soldier, and be alive. Don’t be sorry for yourself, live for yourself. No one else will do it but you. You need to be independent and self-reliant.” — Barbara Cocoran

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            Barbara Corcoran is a businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, columnist, author, and TV personality. She is a shark investor on Shark Tank. When you are down on yourself, you must rise again to conquer your dreams. Bring that smile to your face once again.

            If you keep feeling down on yourself, how will you keep fighting in the long run? You need to get up and do something — declare yourself as a fighter. Fighters keep on fighting and losers keep on losing. Choose which one you want to be!

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            6. Mary Kay Ash

            “Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try!” — Mary Kay Ash

            “Try and see the magic that comes the way. You must be daring to try. Otherwise, you never know what you may have accomplished if you had chosen to do.” — Mary Kay Ash

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              “No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important!” — Mary Kay Ash

              Mary Kay Ash was an American Businesswoman and the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. She was born in Harris County Texas. What sets Mary Kay Ash apart is her dedication to her goals.

              She received numerous honors from business groups and her quote is clearly connected to what she achieved in her life. She tried and tried again, and her accomplishments are an example of her hard work and perseverance. Not only was she accomplished, she understood that simplicity and emotions come into the picture as well.

              Making other people feel important is equally important. Never undermine anyone and make them feel inferior to you. Instead, choose to make them feel wanted and welcome to the greatest degree and valuation.

              7. Melinda Gates

              “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

              “Every idea comes from somewhere else. Choose to open your eyes and mind to new things and ideas. You never know where you may get the best idea from that may just as well change your entire life for the betterment of yourself. You need to believe that there might be a door open that you can walk through and make it your own.” — Melinda Gates

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                Now let us talk about Melinda Gates. She is the wife of Bill Gates and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a notable philanthropist. She has also worked at Microsoft.

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                This is quite a resume. I hope you can take some inspiration from her. She is a wonderful lady with great attributes that can take you a long way, simply by looking at her quotes and what she believes in.

                8. Andrea Jung

                “My parents ingrained in me early on that the perfect score is always something to strive for. I want to win and I want to succeed no matter what!” — Andrea Jung

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                  Andrea Jung is a Canadian-American executive, non-profit leader, and prominent women’s issues supporter. That is truly a long list of accomplishments for someone her age. April 2014 marked her success in becoming President and CEO of Grameen America. Jung was the first woman to serve as chairman of the cosmetic, toiletry, and fragrance association.

                  Being a graduate of Princeton University and graduating Magna Cum Laude is not easy, and her quote signals the struggle and hard work she endured during her earlier years.

                  9. Arianna Huffington

                  “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

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                    Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, cofounder, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990’s, though she later chose to be a liberal.

                    After running for Governor in the California re-election, she understands what success and failure are. This quote shows that she is able to fight loss and move on to follow her heart, talent, and passion. She is a wonder woman indeed.

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                    Last Updated on January 6, 2021

                    14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                    14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                    Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

                    In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

                    For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

                    For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

                    Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

                    Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

                    Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

                    How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

                    Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

                    1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

                    Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

                    For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

                    2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

                    Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

                    Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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                    Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

                    3. Create a System

                    Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

                    This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

                    You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

                    Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

                    Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

                    4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

                    We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

                    If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

                    Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

                    Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

                    5. Use a Ratings Scale

                    Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

                    Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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                    It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

                    6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

                    This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

                    You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

                    You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

                    7. Offer Feedback Forms

                    Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

                    First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

                    Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

                    You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                    8. Track Cost Effectiveness

                    This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

                    Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

                    Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

                    9. Use Self-Evaluations

                    Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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                    Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

                    10. Monitor Time Management

                    This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

                    Time Management Tips to Improve Productivity

                      The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

                      While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                      11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

                      We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

                      Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

                      For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

                      Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

                      Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

                      From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

                      12. Utilize Peer Feedback

                      This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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                      Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

                      Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

                      It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

                      13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

                      When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

                      Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

                      Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

                      14. Use an External Evaluator

                      Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

                      They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

                      While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

                      The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

                      The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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