30 Motivational Quotes from Kick-Ass Lady Bosses

If there’s one thing people always get wrong about being a boss, it’s that it’s a glamorous position. I can tell you for a fact that it’s not. Being the leader means sticking your neck out for your team and your company, and doing the heavy lifting and jumping into the mud when everyone else is just rolling their sleeves up and getting ready to get dirty. It’s a position that comes with a lot of risks, but the rewards are equally plenty. So to the lady bosses of the world, to the new ones and the old, for your never tiring dedication to your team and your craft, here are 30 words of wisdom from successful women we love to look up to:

1. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder

2. “But you have to do what you are afraid of doing even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington

3. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?'” – Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit

4. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is … than working hard.” —Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder

5. “I want every little girl who someone says ‘they’re bossy‘ to be told instead, ‘you have leadership skills'” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

6. “Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not going to do things in my life because of fear.” – Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

7. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner, Sharktank

9. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Clinton

10. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

11. “Successful people understand that you don’t need to make things complicated.” – Anne Mckevitt

12. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts, Author

13. “Surround yourself with like-minded people. Always aim to be the stupidest person in the room, so that there’s always somebody who you’re looking up to; someone who’s inspiring you and teaching you.” – Madonna

14. “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

15. “Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.” – Martha Stewart

16. “Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.” – Alison Pincus, Co-founder of One Kings Lane

17. “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling

18. “If this is something you really want to do, if you believe in it…simply keep forging forward because success will come.” – Cassandra Sanford, KellyMitchell Group

19. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

20. “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher

21. “I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t. ” – Lucille Ball, Actress

22. “Sometimes, good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

23. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey

24. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ” – Indira Gandhi

25. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook

26. “Strong women get things done! Be passionate, be courageous, be your best.” – Gabby Giffords

27. “The most successful women I know aren’t the ones who stay tied to their desks 24/7. They’re the ones who take time out for happy hour with an industry colleague or a coffee break with coworkers. It’s okay to leave your work for a few minutes to chat. You’ll make important connections and probably feel even more inspired when you get back to your desk.” – Lauren Conrad, TV star

28. “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, CEO of Yahoo

29. “‘Why the fuck not me?’ should be your motto.” — Mindy Kaling, TV host

30. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker, Author

How about you? What’s your favorite lady-boss quote?-HANA

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