Women’s History Month: Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs

Every March, the nation celebrates Women’s History Month, shining a spotlight on the remarkable contributions of women throughout history.

As we honor the resilience and innovation of women in business, this year’s theme, “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” resonates deeply in our collective journey towards progress.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite quotes from remarkable women past and present. Their timeless words of wisdom can motivate female entrepreneurs in their pursuit of both personal fulfillment and professional success.

Be Yourself

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brené Brown

Also by Brené: “Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”

No one is doing exactly what you’re doing because no one else is exactly like you. Both authenticity and vulnerability can help us foster the genuine connections essential for business and personal growth.

Trust in the Timing

“I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.” – Louise L. Hay

This affirmation reassures us that we are precisely where we need to be, instilling a sense of purpose and calm amidst the uncertainties of entrepreneurship.

Take Care of Yourself

“Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.” – Jackie Viramontez

This underscores the importance of taking care of ourselves amidst the demands of entrepreneurship. Self-care plays an important role in sustaining our productivity as well as the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the business owner.

BRA Founder, Carrie Murray, resting after a speaking engagement

Forge Your Own Path

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done. This quote reminds us of the limitless potential within, urging us to pursue our dreams regardless of the fear or uncertainty that may be holding us back.

Find Your Community

“I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” – Adele

This insight encourages us to surround ourselves with supportive communities that uplift us and bolster our entrepreneurial journey.

Attendees at the 2023 Wealthy Women Retreat + Summit

Value Experience

“I wish I could tell you it gets better. It doesn’t get better. YOU get better.” – Joan Rivers

This reminder acknowledges there will always be trials and tribulations in business. It also helps us embrace the wisdom, expertise, and confidence that often comes with more trips around the sun.

Expect the Unexpected

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

Business, like life, can be unpredictable. As business owners we do what we can to mitigate risk and prepare for the unexpected. While there will always be things outside of our control, we can control our responses.

Don’t let setbacks diminish you, or deter you from achieving your goals. As Jaime Escalante once said, “Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many times you get back up.”

Our 2023 Women on the Rise Beneficiary receiving a $5,000 Grant from the She Angels Foundation

Adapt as Needed

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

Sometimes in business we hit a wall or no longer like what we’re doing. It’s okay to shift gears to mix it up or try something new. If what you’re doing no longer serves you (or your target audience), then pivot to something else. One business or project has a way of leading to the next one.

Think Positive

“All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” – Viola Davis

Entrepreneurs can benefit from the power of positive thinking. If we expect things to go our way, they often do.

Attendees at Manifest & Breakfast 2024

Avoid Comparison

“My happiness is a reflected back on me by everything I attract.” – Anonymous

This quote reinforces that true contentment emanates from within, attracting abundance and fulfillment into our lives and businesses. Comparing yourself or your business to another can lead to insecurity and unhappiness.

Take Action

“Never, ever, ever let your mood dictate what you do. You have to take action first, because movement changes your mood.” – Mel Robbins

This reminds us that our actions shape our reality, empowering us to reclaim control over our entrepreneurial journey regardless of external circumstances.

Celebrate the Wins

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ― Oprah Winfrey

In the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship, it’s important to savor our wins, cultivating gratitude and appreciation for the journey.

Our 2023 Visionary Leader, Simona Grace with BRA Founder, Carrie Murray

Seize the Moment

“There is no right time, there is just time and what you choose to do with it.” – Unknown

This nugget of wisdom reminds us that timing is all relative. Just get started. Take bold action and free yourself from the constraints of perfectionism.

Embrace the Feminine

“It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.” – Jane Goodall

Women bring many strengths to the entrepreneurship and leadership tables including economic power, consumer insight, and — generally speaking — valuable skills including communication, emotional intelligence, and even empathy. While roadblocks to a woman’s success in business remain, we bring a much-needed perspective and leadership style to every industry.

Our hope is that these insights inspire female founders and CEOs to navigate their entrepreneurial journeys and careers with courage, determination, and confidence. Even after Women’s History Month is over, let us carry forward the spirit of empowerment and resilience that defines the legacy of so many incredible women throughout history.

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