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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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                    How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

                    How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

                    Stretch goals are a lot like physical fitness. When you adopt a physical sport such as running, continual practice leads to increased stamina, growth and progress.

                    While commitment to the sport improves performance, true growth happens when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. I know this from personal experience.

                    For years, I was an avid runner. I ran with a variety of running groups in the Washington, D.C., area and in Columbus, Ohio, where I lived prior to moving to the nation’s capital in 2011.

                    While I was initially fearful about slacking off on my exercise habit when I moved to D.C., running enthusiasts in the area provided continual motivation, inspiring me to lace up my shoes day after day. Much to my surprise, many of the area’s running stores (including Pacers and Potomac River Running) boasted running groups that met in the mornings and evenings. So, it was relatively easy for a newcomer like me to connect with like-minded peers.

                    I was never a particularly fast runner, but I enjoyed the afterglow of the sport: being completely drained but feeling a sense of accomplishment; setting and reaching goals; buying and wearing out new tennis shoes. The sound of throngs of feet pounding the pavement in semi-unison is still enough to bring tears to my eyes. Yes, I sometimes tear up at the start of races.

                    Of all the groups I ran with, the Pacers Store group that met on Monday nights in Logan Circle boasted the fastest runners. I met up with the group week after week only to be the slowest runner. It was difficult to muster the courage to get up every week and meet the group knowing what was waiting for me: sweating and watching the backs of fellow runners.

                    Each time I joined the group, I was stretching myself without even realizing it. Instead of feeling like I was transitioning into a better running, for a long time I felt I was torturing myself.

                    Then something remarkable happened. I went for a run with a different set of runners and noticed my time had improved. I was running at a faster pace and doing so with ease. What was once uncomfortable for me I now handled with ease.

                    The reason I was becoming a better runner was because I was taking myself out of my comfort zone and challenging myself physically and mentally. This example illustrates the process of growth.

                    Fortunately, we can create situations that stretch us in our personal and professional lives.

                    What Is a Stretch Goal?

                    A stretch goal – as authors Sim B. Sitkin, C. Chet Miller and Kelly E. See detail an article “The Stretch Goal Paradox” in Harvard Business Review[1] – is something that is extremely difficult and novel. It is something that not everyone does, and it’s sometimes considered impossible.

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                    In general, you establish stretch goals by doing things that are difficult or temporarily challenging.

                    For instance, when I was first promoted to a senior communications management role, I knew I needed to beef up my relationships with media personalities. I set a goal to once a month book a day of media interviews in New York City – which is home to many media outlets, including SiriusXM radio, CNN, NBC News, HuffPost, VIBE.

                    This was a huge goal because it meant not only identifying the right people to meet with but convincing them to meet with me and my team. While I didn’t end up meeting the goal of doing a full day of media interviews in New York City, I met more people than I would have met had I not established the goal and instead stayed in the comfort of my D.C. office.

                    It is important to note that just because you establish a stretch goal doesn’t mean you’ll achieve the goal each time. However, the process of trying is guaranteed to provide some level of growth.

                    The Importance of Creating Stretch Goals

                    The beginning of the year is a perfect time to assess where you are excelling and where there is room for you to grow. I typically start the year by creating a yearlong strategic plan for myself.

                    I think about the things that are necessary to do and things that would be cool to do. I assess the people I should know and think through how to meet them. Then I ask myself if the goals are realistic and what would need to happen for me to achieve them.

                    Over time, I have learned that there are five things I can do to set stretch goals:

                    1. Get Outside of Your Head

                    If I exist within the confines of my imagination, I imperil my own growth and creativity.

                    If I examine my accomplishments and celebrate them in isolation of others’ accomplishments, my vantage point is limited.

                    I want to be comfortable with what I accomplish, but I also want to be motivated by watching others. In some respects, stretching is about expanding your network of friends, associates and mentors. These are the people who will propel or slow your growth and development.

                    Since two are better than one, I always value being able to share my progress with others, seek feedback and then map a plan for success.

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                    2. Focus on a Couple Areas at a Time

                    When setting goals, it is important to focus on a couple of areas at a time. Most of us are only able to focus on a few things at a time, and if you feel you are unable to tackle all that is before you, you may simply disengage.

                    I see this in so many areas of life:

                    When people get in debt, if they believe the debt is insurmountable, they refuse to look at incoming bills for fear of facing down the debt. Unfortunately, many businesses go awry when setting stretch goals.

                    In “The Stretch Goal Paradox,” Sitkin, Miller and See note:

                    “Our research suggests that though the use of stretch goals is quite common, successful use is not. And many executives set far too many stretch goals. In the past five years, for example, Tesla failed to meet more than 20 of founder Elon Musk’s ambitious projections and missed half of them by nearly a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

                    Goal-setting is like a marathon, not a sprint. It doesn’t all need to happen at the same time, and pacing is extremely important if you want to get to the finish line. It is better to focus on a couple goals at a time, master them and then move on to the next thing.

                    3. Set Aside Time Each Year to Focus on Goal-Setting

                    When I was a managing director for communications for the Advancement Project, I spent the first part of every year facilitating a communications planning meeting.

                    The planning meeting began with the team members assessing the goals the team had established in the preceding year, and whether those goals were realistic or not. If we failed to meet certain goals, we broke down why that happened. From there, we brainstormed about possibilities for the current year.

                    For instance, one year we set a goal of pitching and getting 24 opinion essays published. This was audacious because no one on the eight-person team had the luxury of focusing exclusively on editing and pitching opinion essays to publications around the world. We would need to focus on pitching in between the rest of our work.

                    We hit this goal within the first eight months of the year. Remarkably, in total, we ended up getting 40 opinion essays published that year, which was an indication that our original goal was too low. We upped the goal to 41 the next year, and amazingly, we hit 42 published opinion essays or guest columns.

                    From this experience, we not only learned what was feasible, we also learned the power of focus.

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                    When we focused as a team on getting the commentary on our issues out in the public domain, we were successful. The key in all of this is that there was a ton of discussion around which goal we’d pursue and why.

                    Equally important, as a manager, I didn’t set the goals alone; the team members and I established the goals collaboratively. This ensured buy-in from each individual.

                    4. Use the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Model to Set Realistic Goals

                    S.M.A.R.T.

                    is a synonym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. For the sake of this article, the realistic portion of the acronym is most important.

                    While you want to set audacious goals, you want to ensure that they are realistic as well. No one is served by setting a goal that is impossible to accomplish.

                    Failing to meet goals can be demoralizing for teams, so it’s important to be sober-eyed about what is possible. Additionally, the purpose of setting goals is to advance and grow, not depress morale.

                    For instance, my team would have been discouraged had I begun the year asking it to pitch and place 40 opinion essays if we didn’t already have a track record of placing close to two dozen essays.

                    By using the S.M.A.R.T. formula, we were able to achieve all that we set out to do.

                    5. Break the Goal up into Small Digestible Parts

                    I am a recovering perfectionist. As a writer, being a perfectionist can be counterproductive because I can fail to start if I don’t see a clear pathway to victory.

                    The same is true with goal-setting. That’s why I join Lifehack’s fellow contributor Deb Knobelman, Ph.D., in noting that it is critically important to break goals into bite-sized chunks.

                    When I had a goal of doing daylong media meetings in New York City, I had to think through all the barriers to achieving that goal and all the steps required to meet the goal.

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                    One step was identifying which reporters, producers and hosts to engage. Another step was writing a pitch or meeting invitation that would capture their attention. Another step was thinking through the program areas I wanted to highlight and the new angles I could offer to different reporters.

                    Since reporters want to cover stories that no one else has written, I needed to come up with fresh angles for each of the reporters I was engaging. An additional step was thinking through who from my team I’d take with me to the various meetings.

                    I was clear that, as a talking head, as public relations reps are sometimes called, I needed the right spokesperson in order to land repeated meetings with different outlets.

                    A final step was thinking through what I needed to bring to each meeting and which reports, videos and testimonials would buttress our claims and be of interest to media figures.

                    As I walked through what was needed to bring my goal of doing daylong meetings to reality, I realized that not only was the idea within reach, but I was excited to tackle the challenge.

                    From that point until now, I have learned to break down goals into smaller parts and tackle the smaller parts on the path to knocking the goal out of the park.

                    The Bottom Line

                    These are my recommendations for setting stretch goals, and there are a ton of other resources to support you in the workplace and in your community.

                    For instance, LinkedIn’s Lynda.com platform has a wonderful suite of leadership development videos, including ones on establishing stretch goals. This is a paid resource but may be worth the investment if you lead a team or want to invest in tools for your own growth and development.

                    Featured photo credit: Avatar of user Isaac Smith Isaac Smith @isaacmsmith Isaac Smith via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Harvard Business Review: The Stretch Goal Paradox

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