25 Inspiring Quotes
Even though being your own boss and loving what you do is really a dream come true, there are times when a pick me up is needed. Sometimes that can be a kind word, a little bit of pampering, or even just a good night sleep. Other times that can mean reading the perfect quote. Here are some to get you started.
Be sure to put your favorites on post-its to refer back to.
- “Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.” — Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and CEO, Birchbox.
- “Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist: While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!” — Lori Greiner, inventor, QVC host and ‘Shark Tank’ investor.
- “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.” — Ellen J. Kullman, formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont.
- “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady
- “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” — Dolly Parton, singer-songwriter
- “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” — Maya Angelou, author
- “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
- “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” — Barbara Corcoran, businesswoman
- “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” — Leah Busque, TaskRabbit
- “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” — Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary
- “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Amy Poehler, actress
- “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
- “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, author, political activist, and speaker
- “Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she doesn’t is someone whom I admire but have never met.” Barbara Walters, broadcast journalist and author
- “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
- “What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best — which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.” Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
- “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Bradstreet, America’s first published poet
- “Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” Julie Andrews, actress, singer, author
- “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” Harriet Braiker, author and stress management expert
- “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” Gilda Radner
- “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank, writer
- “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West, actress, playwright, screenwriter
- “I’m fearless, I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on.” Sophia Vergara
- “Love what you do. There’s always going to be someone else who’s smarter than you, but there’s no substitute for passion. People who are passionate always work the hardest, and that sets them apart.” Ivanka Trump
- “Now, get out there and kick ass!” Stella McCartney, fashion designer