! A Word From A Few Of Our Favorite BOSS Women
"Create the world you want, and fill it with the opportunities that matter to you."
— Alicia Keys
"You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed."
— Misty Copeland
"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."
"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."
"If you're not really having fun then there's no point of really trying."
"You can't be hesitant about who you are."
Be patient and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
"You can be the lead in your own life."
"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
"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."
"I don't know why I didn't break the rules sooner"
"Everyone's dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard."
"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.
"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
"I try to do one thing a day that makes me proud of myself."
"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."
"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."
"Make sure your desire to do what you're aspiring to do is deeper than just fame and being a celebrity"