29 Of Our Favorite Women Share A Word

29 Of Our Favorite Women Share A Word

Quotes can encourage, energize, and empower. Quotes can even be life-changing. A good word can motivate you to begin doing something you once, and still, love again, and it can embolden you to try something new. That’s why we’ve rounded up some powerful quotes, a few we actually live by, from a few of our favorite people.

When you're feeling like your dream job doesn't exist... 

"Create the world you want, and fill it with the opportunities that matter to you."

— Alicia Keys

When you're a late bloomer...

"You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed."

— Misty Copeland

When you're the awkward girl...

"I always knew that being 100% wholeheartedly me was going to pay off."


"Do what you feel comfortable doing. Existing and thriving as a black woman is a small revolution in itself."

—Amandla Stenberg

When you're a little introvert-ish...

"The people you need to make your goals and visions happen aren't just going to call you or walk up to you and hand you an opportunity. You have to go to them. And you must have a plan on how you will approach them."

—Lala Anthony

When the work you're doing no longer feels good...

"If you're not really having fun then there's no point of really trying."

—Willow Smith

When you're afraid to pursue that golden opportunity...

"You can't be hesitant about who you are."

—Viola Davis

When you feel like nothing is working...

Be patient and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.

—Ava DuVernay

"Although playing hard to get might be cute in the dating world, it won't fly with potential employers. They don't have time to court you, so you better romance the hell out of them."

—Sophia Amoruso

When you're suffering from imposter syndrome...

"You can do anything as long as you don't stop believing. When it is meant to be, it will be. You just have to follow your heart."

—Keke Palmer

When assembling your personal and professional advisory board... 

"I have goals and aspirations, and I believe that you can go after your dreams, and it can work if you have someone there that's supporting you."

—Tia Mowry 

When others make you feel some kind of way because your work is an extension of who you are...

"My focus is my art, and that's what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I've turned down many things that I just didn't believe in."

"I love my job, but it's more than that: I need it."


When you're feeling stuck...

"I'm interested in generating work for myself. I have trouble with this waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring lifestyle, especially after drama school, which was so creatively fulfilling."

—Lupita Nyong'o

When you’re feeling like you're not enough...

"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals."

—Michelle Obama

When you're uncomfortable with your own story...

"If it's easy what story are you going to tell? Nobody wants to hear about how easy it was. That doesn't inspire anyone."

—Taraji P. Henson

When feeling like your professional path is based on others decisions...

"You can be the lead in your own life."

—Kerry Washington

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When you're really feeling the growing pains in your career journey...

"I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me."

—Tracee Ellis Ross

When you're unsure if you should take the "good" job or not.

"In my career, there have been roles I haven't taken because someone involved with the project gave me a bad vibe. I don't care how much money is on the table: No job is worth feeling uneasy everyday."

—Gabrielle Union

When you're feeling the "right" path isn't right for you...

"I don't know why I didn't break the rules sooner"

Issa Rae

When you're feeling defeated and unmotivated...

"Everyone's dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard."

—Serena Williams

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When you've been unfocused, and really want, no—NEED—results yesterday!...

"I'm a doer. I do. So. When I say I'm going to do something, I do it. When I say I'm going to do something, I really do it. I throw myself into it and I do. I do my ass off. I do right up to the finish line, No matter what. No. Matter. What.

—Shonda Rhimes


When others make you feel like your beautiful ambition is not cute…

"Im extremely ambitious. I don't know why people are afraid to say that. I won't sell my soul to the devil, but I want success and I don't think that's bad."

— Jada Pinkett Smith

When you're feeling insecure... 

"I try to do one thing a day that makes me proud of myself."

—Rita Ora


When you feel like you’ve failed…

"I feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I'm constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes." 

—Janelle Monae

When you feel like you don’t have a purpose…

“What I know for sure is that we all are called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.”


When you're wondering if all this work you’re putting in will lead to a win...

"If I'm not prepared, I don't feel confident. It's something that you can have control over. You deserve what it is you're going after as long as you've done the work that needs to be done to prepare for it. You can't just have your hand out."

—Laila Ali

When you're questioning your why...

"Make sure your desire to do what you're aspiring to do is deeper than just fame and being a celebrity"

—Meagan Good

When you’re wondering if all this hard work you’re putting in will lead to a win…

"If you want something, work hard for it, go after it. I can't worry about all the no's because I believe there's a yes, and I've been very fortunate to find those in my career and made the most of those opportunities."

—Mara Brock Akil 

When the haters hover…

"You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don't make moves and you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."

–Nicki Minaj

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