• Chelsea Pacella

26 Inspirational Quotes from Women in Business


Today, Friday March 8 is International Women's Day. In honor of all the strong women who have paved the way for the businesswomen of today, here are 26 inspirational quotes to remind you how strong you really are.


“The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” ― Caterina Fake, entrepreneur, businesswoman, co-founder of the websites Flickr and Hunch


“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, technology executive, activist, author, billionaire and COO of Facebook


“Growth and comfort do not coexist.” ― Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” ― Marissa Mayer, IT executive, co-founder of Lumi Labs


“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


“Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.”― Ginni Rometty


“One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalized what they said.”—Lori Richardson, founder and CEO of Score More Sales


“I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance too?”― Jill Konrath, sales strategist, speaker and the author of the sales books Selling to Big Companies and SNAP Selling


“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”―Meg Whitman, business executive, political activist and philanthropist


“I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box.”― Safra A. Catz, co-president and chief financial officer of Oracle Corporation


“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” - Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.


“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud.” - Coco Chanel, iconic fashion designer.


"I want little girls to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football." - Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach.


“I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." - Nora Ephron, screenwriter


“To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?” - Katherine Graham, first American female Fortune 500 CEO.


“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” - Maya Angelou, author of “Why the Caged Bird Sings,” the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.


“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” - Florence Nightingale, nurse.


“Decide...whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying." - Amelia Earhart, pilot.


"Our theory is, if you need the user to tell you what you're selling, then you don't know what you're selling, and it's probably not going to be a good experience." - Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.


“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook and author of Lean In.


“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” - Susan B. Anthony, activist in the women’s suffrage movement.


“Some leaders are born women.” - Geraldine Ferraro, first female Vice Presidential candidate.


“Do not be afraid to make decisions.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes.” - Carly Fiorina, first female CEO of a Fortune 20 company.


“If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” - Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist.


“You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.” - Muriel Siebert, first female member of the New York Stock Exchange



and our favorite...


“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.” - Katherine Hepburn, actress.

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