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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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                    The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                    The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                    Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                    Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                    The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                    Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                    Program Your Own Algorithms

                    Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                    Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                    By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                    How to Form a Ritual

                    I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                    Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                    1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                    2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                    3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                    4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                    Ways to Use a Ritual

                    Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                    1. Waking Up

                    Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                    2. Web Usage

                    How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                    3. Reading

                    How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                    4. Friendliness

                    Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                    5. Working

                    One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                    6. Going to the gym

                    If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                    7. Exercise

                    Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                    8. Sleeping

                    Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                    8. Weekly Reviews

                    The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                    Final Thoughts

                    We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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