21 Quotes From Badass Women In Business That Will Empower You

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Navigating the business industry as a female can be stressful, but it can also lead to insane lessons about life and careers. September 22 is Business Women’s Day, yet we can’t think of anyone better to empower us year-round. So if you’re in need of a little inspo, check out these 21 quotes from badass women in business.


“Leadership is hard to define, and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” — Indra Nooyi, former chairwoman and CEO, PepsiCo


“If it comes down to your ethics vs. a job, choose ethics. You can always find another job.” — Sallie Krawcheck, founder, Ellevest


“Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.” — Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors


“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.” — Shonda Rhimes, American TV producer, screenwriter and author


“Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer.” — Sophia Amoruso, founder, Girlboss


“If you worry about every little criticism, you won’t get up in the morning.” — Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief, Vogue, artistic director, Condé Nast


“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

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“I believe ambition is not a dirty word — it’s believing in yourself and your abilities. Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to believe in our own ability, to be a little more ambitious? I think the world would change.” — Reese Witherspoon, American actress and producer, founder, Hello Sunshine


“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO, IBM


“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake.” — Meg Whitman, CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


“Work for someone who believes in you, because when they believe in you, they’ll invest in you.” — Marissa Mayer, former president and CEO, Yahoo


“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney, former president, Disney-ABC Television Group


“Success isn’t about how much money you make — it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” — Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States and author


“If you don’t remember anything else, remember ‘Dream big. Start small.'” — Tammy Tibbetts, co-founder and CEO, She’s the First

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“If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything.” — Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO, Girls Who Code


“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally — it comes from what you do consistently.” — Marie Forleo, American life coach, motivational speaker, author and web television host of Marie TV


“With the right people, culture and values, you can accomplish great things.” — Tricia Griffith, president and CEO, Progressive


“Young professionals shouldn’t have to let a fear of failure hold them back; they should feel emboldened to take on challenges in creative ways.” — Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte


“Fail fast, learn from it and move on.” — Ann Marie Campbell, EVP U.S. Stores, Home Depot


“The thing that I learned early on is you really need to set goals in your life, both short-term and long-term, just like you do in business. Having that long-term goal will enable you to have a plan on how to achieve it. We apply these skills in business, yet when it comes to ourselves, we rarely apply them.” — Denise Morrison, president and CEO, Campbell Soup


“I just hope that more women realize that if your gut tells you you’re doing a good job, you’re doing a good job.” — Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO, Bumble

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