48 Powerful Quotes From Female Entrepreneurs

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Hey lovely,

Who runs the world?…

Female entrepreneurs! 

There’s nothing more inspiring than a strong independent woman.

I LOVE being an entrepreneur. And, I’m so PROUD to have built a business that supports other women in their own business endeavours. 

I am lucky enough to have an Inner Circle filled with inspirational women. I have made it my personal mission to inspire THEM to grow and thrive in both life and business. 

“Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated.” 

  • Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company

But it hasn’t always been easy…

Being a female entrepreneur isn’t all sunshine and rainbows!

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There have been times when all I wanted to do is eat ice cream on the kitchen floor… and at times I did. 

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, Co-Founder of The Huffington Post

Sometimes these moments are unavoidable… but there was something that would always help me get up and get DOING again. 

For me, quotes were a HUGE motivational pick-me-up!

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Now, I know this sounds kind of ‘fluffy’. And, if you know me, you know how much I distrust ‘fluffy’.

There is nothing wrong with dreaming big! So, hear me out here…

If you want something badly, chances are you will find a way to make it happen.

But, i’m telling you now Darl, it’s going to take a lot more than a few vision boards.

I remember a time when I was drowning in debt… 

I had just left my corporate job and decided to embark on the exciting journey of becoming a female entrepreneur.

I could see the end goal and I thought I was going to be a success within the year.

All I wanted is to serve women in a way that got THEM results. Show them that they’re not alone, and quite literally change lives.

I thought I was equipped for the challenge… but in reality I knew nothing.

I was stuck in the manual day to day… dreaming of what could be.

Only when I stepped out of my comfort zone and took action did I start to see real results.

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Because, success isn’t just about dreaming it’s about DOING.  

“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, American Politician and former First Lady of United States

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that we need to embrace ambiguity and become comfortable with being challenged every day. 

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster?

Well, being a female entrepreneur means you’re riding a constant roller coaster of emotions. You can experience dizzying highs, and crushing lows.

But, just like in real life, seeing others go through the same experience and survive can be the push you need to get on the ride.  

Quotes are my personal way to connect with some of the greatest female minds of our age.

Think Oprah Winfrey, Cher Wang, Coco Chanel, Gail Blanke…

They have all ridden the roller coaster, but instead of letting the fear crush them – it made them stronger. 

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So, what makes quotes so powerful?

Humans are naturally aspirational.

Seeing the successes of others can be influential in changing our thinking and helping us see something in ourselves that we want to change or overcome. 

And, understanding how others have achieved success can be a pilar for your own.

BUT – 

Remember, each and every one of us has a different goal and is after a different result. 

Are you stuck sweating the small stuff? Join The Doers Inner Circle on a risk-free trial today, and we can show you how to break through your mindset roadblocks and start seeing results. 

Don’t define your success by what others have achieved.

Create your own path and be proud of the outcome!

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”

  • Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks
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SO – 

Here are 48 of my personal favourite quotes from famous and inspirational female entrepreneurs – to get you in the right mindset for success.

Nuggets of wisdom from some of the most influential and talented women in their field. 

48 Powerful Women Entrepreneur Quotes To Inspire You

1. “Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.”

  • Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO, Author

2. “It was a risk. I had a husband and I was pregnant with my oldest son. But I don’t look at risks the way other people do. When you’re an entrepreneur, you have to go in feeling like you’re going to be successful.”

  • Lillian Vernon, Founder of Lillian Vernon Corporation

3. “If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.” 

  • Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder of Ellevest

4. “On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t i’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be”

  • Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Hostess, Producer, Philanthropist

5. “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, American Politician and former First Lady of United States

6. “Life-fulfilling work is never about the money- when you feel true passion for something you instinctively find ways to nurture it.”

  • Eileen Fisher, Clothing Designer and Founder of Eileen Fisher Inc.

7. “If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly.” 

  • Melanie Perkins, Co-founder of Canva

8. “My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.”

  • Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder of Care.com

9. “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, Entrepreneur and Television Personality

10. “I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.”

  • Estee Lauder, Co-Founder of Estee Lauder Companies

11. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Comedienne, Producer, Writer

12. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” 

  • Michele Ruiz, President and CEO of Ruiz Strategies

13. “A strong woman believes that she is strong enough to face her journey; and a woman of faith believes that it is in this journey that she will become strong.” 

  • Millie Leung, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker

14. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” 

  • Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

15. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” 

  • Claire Cook, Author, Entrepreneur, Publisher, Motivational Speaker

16. “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” 

  • Michelle Obama, First African-American First Lady of the United States

17. “We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing.  It is time to take ownership in our success.” 

  • Tory Burch, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch

18. “The key to success is to start before you are ready.” 

  • Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

19. “We need to re-shape our own perception of how we view ourselves.  We have to step up as women and take the lead.” 

  • Beyonce, Award Winning Singer

20. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” 

  • Estee Lauder, Founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics

21. “There is no better personal development tool than running your own business.” 

  • Ali Brown, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Business Coach

22. “If you are starting your own business, the best shortcut is to find a good mentor.” 

  • Kim Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur, Author and Financial Educator

23. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the World.” 

  • Hillary Clinton, American Politician and former First Lady of United States

24. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” 

  • Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Producer and Philanthropist

25. “You are going to often find that to step into your biggest opportunity, you will be asked to move through your biggest fear or insecurity.” 

  • Ali Brown, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Business Coach

26. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”

  • Madonna, Recording Artist, Actress, and Entrepreneur

27. “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

28. “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

29. “If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.” 

  • Candice Carpenter, Founder of iVillage.com

30. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” 

  • Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

31. “Successful people understand that you don’t need to make things complicated.” 

  • Anne McKevitt, Entrepreneur, TV Personality, Author and Philanthropist

32. “In any business, it is impossible to do it half-heartedly and succeed.” 

  • Millie Leung, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker

33. “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” 

  • Harriet Braiker, Author and Stress Management Expert

34. “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” 

  • Cher, Recording Artist, Emmy Award–Winning Television Personality, Award-Winning Actress, Director, Record producer and Philanthropist

35. “Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.”  

  • Victoria Ransom, Wildfire Interactive Co-Founder

36. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” 

  • Angelina Jolie, Award-Winning Actress and Philanthropist

37. “If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am a product of great mentoring and great coaching.” 

  • Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

38. “Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams. The World needs that special gift that only you have.” 

  • Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

39. “If you are giving a lot of value, if you are making an impact in people’s lives, it will be reflected in your bank account.” 

  • Millie Leung, Entrepreneur, Author and International Speaker

40. “It’s important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions.” 

  • Joanna McFarland, Co-founder of HopSkipDrive

41. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who wants to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.” 

  • Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates.com

42. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.”

  • Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot

43. “If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.” 

  • Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

44. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” 

  • Chieu Cao, Co-founder of Perkbox

45. “You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.” 

  • Leila Janah, Founder of Samasource and LXMI

46. “Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success.” 

  • Clara Shih, Co-founder of Hearsay Systems

47. “Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.” 

  • Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

48. “[Don’t] let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn’t do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it.” 

  • Cathy Hughes, Entrepreneur, Radio and Television Personality, and Business Executive
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So, Lovely, feeling inspired?

Sometimes all you need to push through the hard times is a little motivation and a lot of advice.

Quotes aim to encourage and motivate…


They don’t have the power to grow your business – that’s in your hands.

Reading the experience of others serves to clarify what YOUR dreams and aspirations are, helping you think clearer and stronger.

However, knowing isn’t helpful unless you take the next step.

Building a business is about Doing (not Dreaming), so it’s time to take your clarity and ride that roller coaster. 

Jump into action and use this motivation to get DOING. 

Ever wanted a step-by-step guide and proven roadmap (for growing your business) to follow instead of making it up as you go along? Access my 7-figure coaching advice, and a huge community of like-minded women to keep you accountable.

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally.  It comes from what you do consistently.” 

  • Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

So there you have it – 48 really powerful female entrepreneur quotes!

I hope you’ve found enough motivation to keep pushing in your entrepreneurial journey.



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