45 Powerful and Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Quotes

Updated Aug 3, 2022.
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It's the 21st century, and women have left the confinement of homes and “housewives” to make something bigger of themselves. Women now operate their businesses and are very good at it. In most cases, they've become better than their male counterparts.

American Express's “2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses” reports that the number of women-owned businesses grew 21% between 2014 and 2019, compared to a 9% growth in businesses overall. It didn't stop there; women own 42% of all U.S.-based companies daily, and women start up 1,817 new businesses daily.

If this is not the sign that women have come to dominate in the world of business, I don't know what else is 

These statistics have made it clear that there is just enough space in the entrepreneurship world for women devoid of educational level, color, or background. So, as a woman, you can succeed in business. You have all it takes to be who and whatever you want, even in a male-dominated world.

This article contains the best women entrepreneur quotes to inspire you to start your female-owned empire. These quotes define women entrepreneurs and their challenges and give actionable tips for becoming a powerful woman entrepreneur.

Who Are Women Entrepreneurs?

In some terms, women entrepreneurs are individual women or groups who run, initiate, organize or operate a business enterprise. Women entrepreneurs can be found across various industries. Even the government can't help seeing more women venturing into that field. 

Kamal Singh defined a woman entrepreneur as “a confident, innovative and creative woman capable of achieving self-economic independence individually or in collaboration, generates employment opportunities for others through initiating, establishing and running the enterprise by keeping pace with her personal, family and social life.”

In advanced countries like China and Canada, women own one-third of small businesses. Women who have climbed up the ladder in the areas of entrepreneurship have some things in common: courage, passion, persistence, vision, and balance. 

There's no aspect of entrepreneurship you'll visit today without finding women at the top ladder. Be it small business entrepreneurship, scalable startup entrepreneurship, large company entrepreneurship, or social entrepreneurship. 

Any woman seeking to make a name for herself in any industry can climb the ladder from any entrepreneurship. 

Being a woman entrepreneur doesn't come with easy access to finances or resources needed. Sometimes, the road is filled with stones and thorns, and only those with persistence and courage make it to the end.

Best Women Entrepreneur Quotes To Inspire You

These quotes are directly from top business women around the world. The quotes are to inspire you on your journey to successful entrepreneurship. 

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u0022We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, we'll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success.u0022
― Arianna Huffington

Success is a journey; on that journey, you'll experience things that may delay you. These things can be disguised ad failure.

The sooner you realize that you mustn't get everything right on your journey to success, the better. Women are often pressured to get everything perfectly if they want to succeed. So they end up overworking themselves and judging themselves whenever they make a mistake. 

Do you know that it is delusional to think you can ever attain success without first passing through the fire of failure many times?

You can make decisions and discover they are the wrong ones. It's normal and alright. But you need to understand that experiencing that doesn't cancel you, nor does it define you.

Yes, you failed, but failure means not there yet. No one has ever achieved success without failure first. Have a changed mindset that changes from “If I fail, I lose…” to “I fail to win….”

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u0022Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.u0022
—Alison Pincus, co-founder of One Kings Lane

No matter how you view it, a team's power is greater than a single person's. 

Please do not get stuck trying to do it alone; you need people to make it big.

Every successful entrepreneur I have seen has a team of equally-focused people to support them. So, stop trying hard to figure out how to do it alone. 

Surround yourself with loyal teammates. These teammates are your backbone and your advisers. They keep you pushing when you are tired. They help in the decision-making of your business. They can be your pillars if you let them be. 

You can easily delegate responsibilities and expect positive results with a loyal team. 

The big question here is how do you find a loyal and trusted team? 

The answer is to build a loyal and resilient team, especially since there is no group of people tagged “a resilient team” lurking anywhere.

These team members understand your goals and vision and are willing and ready to run with it. A resilient team is high-performing.

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u0022The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.u0022
— Candice Carpenter Olson, Co-CEO, Fullbridge

 

If you're good, you're good. The world has no choice but to see you for that; you just need to be resilient with who and what you are.

Obstacles and setbacks are always bound to happen, but your reaction and who you are determines how you handle them. 

It takes a strong woman who knows her self-worth to succeed. The more you keep pushing with what you have, people have no choice but to respect your personality and what it delivers.

What can you do best? How can you best use the resources and setbacks to solve a problem or birth ideas creatively?

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u0022Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist – while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!u0022
— Lori Greiner

An opportunistic entrepreneur is ready to take opportunities. They are ready to take the risk and see what is at the other end of the rope.

While others are busy arguing if they should go ahead or not, you grab the opportunity and take the risk. Without risk, there is no glory. 

Most businesses succeed by taking opportunities when the door cracks open. So instead of wasting time deciding if you should go or not, take the step. 

To be successful as a woman entrepreneur, be on the lookout for opportunities. They never end and are everywhere around you. You must look closely and grab them while you can.

However, opportunities favor you more when you prepare. Great things happen when preparation meets opportunity.

A major challenge here is that most people want to sit and analyze every situation, circumstance, and opportunity. Instead of sitting and talking, prepare yourself and take action. It is better to have tried and failed than not try. 

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5. u0022Life-fulfilling work is never about the money – when you feel true passion for something you instinctively find ways to nurture it.u0022
— Eileen Fisher, fashion designer. 

One of the greatest strengths of female entrepreneurs is that they go for what they are passionate about. It is not just about the money, but mainly about the passion.

And guess what?

Passion fuels determination, resilience, and hard work. These are the ingredients to success. 

Most of the time, engaging in something you love doesn't start with being for the money. With time, it starts yielding money. 

Additionally, tailoring your career path to what your passions are may not give you all the money you need. It may not make you the boss immediately, but you will get fulfillment. And fulfillment is defined as genuine success.

However, take up what you love; grow and nurture it. Yes, it takes time, money, sacrifice, and effort. But it can still give you the “Boss Lifestyle” you want. It all starts with your way of nurturing and growing your passion.

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u0022The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend feeling sorry for themselves.u0022
— Barbara Corcoran, real estate magnate and ‘Shark Tank' investor

Most of the time, people forget what they have and focus on what they don't have. You would face many challenges as a female entrepreneur working to succeed in a male-dominated environment.

The best thing is not to focus on what you lack but on what you have and turn it into your strength. 

Don't spend the time you would have used to restrategize wondering why certain things happen to you. 

To be a successful female entrepreneur, you need to let go of self-pity. Self-pity won't take you anywhere positive; it will drag you to depression. 

Accept the challenges associated with the business. It happens to everyone. Challenges don't look at if you are black, white, Asian, or Latino. They don't care about your background. All they know is that they will come whenever they feel like it.

What matters is that you are prepared. Rather than sulking on failure, restrategize and re-plan. Pick out the lessons from the unaccomplished task. 

Have you ever noticed that people are not concerned with how many challenges you face in success stories? Instead, they are only concerned with how you handled the challenges and your results. 

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7. u0022Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.u0022
– Helen Keller

Life is full of risks. Whether you take risks or not is a risk itself. The smart ones take the risk and work toward glory, whereas the cowards prefer to play safe and risk being mediocre. 

Life is an adventure; you can choose to go on it or sit back and watch people who take risks succeed. To be a successful entrepreneur, you must take risks on life's adventures.

The major reason people are not open to taking risks is fear. Look at every scenario where you were not ready to take risks. You will find out that fear was somewhere in there, lurking in the shadows. 

But do you know that without taking those risks, you will not achieve success in your business?

Look at every successful female entrepreneur you know and read their story. You will notice that they took risks to get to where they wanted.

Being a risk-taker brings you out of your comfort zone. It also shifts your mindset to focus more on business success. 

Taking risks exposes you to your inner self and inner strengths. It exposes you to what you can do and how far you can go. As an entrepreneur, to climb up that success ladder, there are certain risks and adventures that you need to have. 

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u0022Build your business success around something that you love — something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.u0022
— Martha Stewart, businesswoman, writer, and television personality

Passion is an essential recipe for business. Building your business around what you love doing will keep you going when things become tough. It elevates your creativity level and keeps you in high spirits.

Find your passion, figure it out, and invest in it. There's a sense of achievement that comes with earning what you love doing. 

Here is an important secret.

When you do something you are passionate about, you don't give up at the slightest appearance of a challenge. You are eager to stay and fight as long as possible, compared to when you are doing something you have no interest in. 

Additionally, if you build your business around something you don't love, you may still be successful, but fulfillment may be far from you.

Do you know that you are more eager to grow and study things you are passionate about? You read the best business books and self-help books just to get ideas on how to advance yourself and your business. 

You are willing to put in the effort and right attitude just because you are passionate about what you do.

Remember, only those who are passionate about what they do give real value and change the world.

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u0022The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.u0022
— Coco Chanel, fashion designer

For a woman in entrepreneurship, the greatest thing you can do is think for yourself and not what society thinks.

For many years, women have lived their lives the way society dictated. 

Thank goodness that era is fast passing away. The new era of women is making decisions on their own terms. They decide how big their empire should grow.

No one should dictate how you grow and run your business. Likewise, do not be ashamed to dream big. It doesn't mean you are greedy or “too ambitious.”

It is easy to swallow everything that society throws at you. As a woman, most times, they want you to conform to their beliefs and culture. Bravery is exhibited the moment you begin to think for yourself aloud.

Have the courage to state openly what you think and what you want. The power to stand up for yourself in a man-dominated job needs courage. 

Don't let the world determine and decide for you what is and not socially acceptable in business. Stand up and own up to what you want.

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u0022I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.u0022
— Estee Lauder, one of the most successful business owners

Selling is easy when you believe in what you do and sell. Do not be afraid to sell your business. 

As an entrepreneur, you must be sold on what you're selling. Believing in what you can do goes a long way in people buying what you have.

If you can't sell what you do, nobody will buy it from you. The first step is believing in the worth of what you can do and what you have. This takes you further to being able to sell it.

If you believe in something without any doubt, you will go to lengths to convince people to believe just as much as you do. People can buy into your plans and visions this time because you first bought into them.

When you don't believe in what you have, nobody will want to buy into what you have, no matter how large the vision is. 

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u0022I know society says you should be a certain way, but I think [you should] stop and look at what is your natural way of being who you are.u0022
— Ari Horie, Founder, Women's Startup Lab

Don't allow society to define you.

Our real self is who we are when we let go of the masks and pretenses. It is who we are when we let go of the judgment and the stories of people. Our real self is our natural way. 

Most female entrepreneurs are afraid to go out because they are scared of what society will think. 

Don't allow society to box you or determine who you should be. Society already has a perceived image of you, but you mustn't give them what they want. Stop trying to please society and look out for the natural you. Tap into it and become it.

This is where your true power lies.

If you decide to keep pleasing society, they will keep coming up with more versions and images for you to become. 

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u0022A 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.u0022
— Millie Leung

It takes faith to take the first step in your journey and strength, passion, and determination to stay on the journey.

You can choose to be a woman who grows strong in life's journey or a woman who believes she's strong enough to face her journey. However, you can also be both.

Life is a journey. You can believe and have the faith that life will reform and make you strong as you go through it. You can also have the mindset that you're strong enough to overcome any obstacle life throws you.

In your journey as an entrepreneur, your experiences mold you for the future. They shape your mindset. 

But it is you that will decide what direction the shape will follow. Is it positive or negative?

A woman who believes she's strong enough to face her journey is enthusiastic about it, but we don't know if she'll be willing to endure it all.

A woman with faith believes she'll keep getting better and stronger along the way.

The woman of faith is unstoppable and persists through setbacks and challenges. 

You can choose the kind of woman you want to be. 

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u0022As a leader, it's a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.u0022
— Himanshu Bhatia, Founder, and CEO, Rose International

One powerful characteristic of a successful entrepreneur is leadership, and an excellent leader leads by example. 

People often want to see you do what you want them to do. Responsibility starts with you first taking action, then others can follow. 

Your team is motivated by the examples you set for them. This means you always have to be ahead and prepared if you want to keep motivating them.

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u0022Define success on your terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live.u0022
— Anne Sweeney, President of Walt Disney

Many people have stereotyped success as “living in a large and expensive house, owning luxury properties and designer clothes, being on the front cover of Forbes, and running a multi-million empire.”

While these things sound great and probably like your dream life, they are not true success. Instead, they are fruits of success.

True success is your ability to stay in the process regardless of how many times you fall. You can achieve whatever you set out for, irrespective of obstacles.

This means that those little milestones you have achieved are still successes. You didn't give up but decided to stay through the process. This is success in its purest form.

Don't make the mistake of believing the wrong and stereotypical definition of success. This wrong definition makes you compare your journey to others and look down on your little wins.

Fortunately, there is no single definition of success. The powerful word, success, means various things to various people. Get a definition of success for yourself and achieve it.

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u0022You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.u0022
― Sheryl Sandberg

The process of entrepreneurial success is very important. People are not just concerned about your results. Your results are obvious for all to see. What they are concerned about is HOW you arrived at your results.

They want to know the process of your success.

How you deal with setbacks and obstacles is important. People want to hear about how you bounced back from hardship. And you need to give it to them.

Being a woman entrepreneur, many other women out there know they can be great just by seeing you are great. They also want to know and learn how you were able to overcome and make it through.

This boils down to you being resilient in the face of all challenges. You may not know this, but many others look up to you. Persevere not just for you but for the lives attached to you.

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u0022Treating people with kindness and respect seems elementary but is not always reciprocated. I often run into people who tell me a story about how I impacted their life u002du002d most often by an act of kindness that they never forgot.u0022
— April Uchitel, chief brand officer, Spring

One very important lesson you should always remember as an entrepreneur is that entrepreneurial success is not just about you but also about the value you give others. 

Your kindness and respect towards people travel more miles than you'll ever go. 

Endeavor to treat anyone regardless of status with utmost kindness and respect. Your kindness and respect for people can speak volumes for you. There is absolutely no need for unhealthy competition. 

You never know who you will meet or who can help you out with your business plan tomorrow. So, your good works must speak for you.

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u0022Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.u0022
― Sheryl Sandberg

One of the most common and intense challenges women entrepreneurs face is “trying to be perfect.” The hard truth is that perfection is a myth.

Yes, everything worth doing is worth doing well, but attaining perfection is quite hard. In fact, perfection is a myth insecure people create just to avoid taking bold steps.

Every successful entrepreneur has multiple flaws. Therefore, aiming for absolute perfection will likely set you up for disappointment and dissatisfaction. 

The goal shouldn't be to be perfect; rather, it should be about giving your best at what you do. Give your best to all your business activities. 

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18. u0022The difference between skill and talent: a skill is something you learn. Talent is what you can't help doing.u0022
— Caroline Ghosen, founder and CEO of career site Levo. 

In business, talent alone is never enough. In fact, talent is common, although it is a good thing to have.

To survive in business, you need more than just talent. A woman with both skill and talent is unstoppable in business.

No matter how great your talent is, it's never enough. 

But the best way to benefit from your talent is to learn skills that will enhance your talent and make it work for you. Combining your talent with the necessary skills takes your business to a greater height. 

For example, let's say you have the talent to write – you creatively craft words to persuade people. You can be a copywriter or help entrepreneurs create a business plan for other entrepreneurs. 

However, you can only be mediocre unless you undergo training to develop and enhance your skills. 

Your talent can only take you to a limited level. Skilled experts can only access the further levels. 

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u0022With kids, they don't do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don't necessarily, either. You've got to listen. You've got to learn how to influence.u0022
— Ellen J. Kullman, formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont

Life doesn't give you what you want. You have to go out there to take what you want. The same goes for people.

Another major challenge most women entrepreneurs face is getting people to follow others. Almost every entrepreneur has encountered this challenge in one way or another. 

People don't exactly follow orders; your power of influence gets work done.

It's hard for people to do what you want them to do. The best way to get them to work is to influence them. 

As an entrepreneur, you need to expand your level of influence. Work on your influence ability; that's one way to get your teammates to do things even when they don't want to.

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u0022If you're not [learning], you're falling behind. Somebody else is getting better as you're becoming less valuable. I see so many irrelevant salespeople I want to cry. They stopped learning.u0022
― Jill Konrath

One common thing about successful entrepreneurs is the ongoing desire and need to keep learning. 

Learning never ends, even for someone in entrepreneurship.

As an entrepreneur, there is never an end to learning. It is the best way for entrepreneurs to stay on top of their game. 

If you don't learn, somebody else is learning and ready to take your place. The need to keep learning stems from the ever-changing market trends, consumer behavior, and the desire to expand your business.

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Many entrepreneurs get to the top but don't remain at the top. This is because of their inability to keep learning and evolving. Other entrepreneurs who keep evolving and learning take their spot on the ladder.

To be an entrepreneur, learn. To keep being an entrepreneur and a successful one, never stop learning.

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21. u0022Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it's about trading: buying and selling.u0022
— Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. 

It takes a determined and creative mind to succeed in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship involves trying to survive in the market where others work hard to take your place. 

As an entrepreneur, expand your creative thinking. Your creative problem-solving comes to play when you're an entrepreneur. 

An entrepreneur thinks in and outside the box. It's more of a survival technique in the world of business. 

While in the world of entrepreneurship, never give up an opportunity to solve and be creative. That's what being in business is all about; surviving.

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u0022It's up to us to all challenge our boundaries, our own comfort zones, and get out and see what else is out there in the world and what else is possible, and give ourselves a shot to go a little bit deeper, a little bit further.u0022
— Jennifer Kushell, founder and CEO of Young u0026 Successful Media and YSN.com

The good old comfort zone is like a cheesy burger you are addicted to. It tastes so good, but it is very bad for your health. 

Likewise, it feels so good and “safe” to stay in your comfort zone and embark on the adventure of a lifetime in entrepreneurship. 

But it isn't healthy. 

Stepping out of the comfort zone is another major challenge many women entrepreneurs face. 

Leave your comfort zone to achieve big in life, not just in entrepreneurship. Your ability to get out of your comfort zone allows you to explore the opportunities and possibilities you have. 

Allow yourself to explore, don't doubt yourself on what you can and cannot do. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and leave your comfort zone. You will be amazed at what you can do.

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u0022We need to reshape our perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.u0022
– Beyoncé

Low self-confidence is another major challenge women entrepreneurs face. Sadly, it is one of the reasons why many entrepreneurs are scared to leave their comfort zone.

As a woman, start looking at yourself from the perspective of who you are meant to be.

Take away the negative perception of yourself and the negative ones people have of you. It is important to change that mindset; it will only take you down the drain.

How do you expect to lead a business empire if you are not so confident?

One best way to build self-confidence is to focus on success. You can focus your thoughts on success by meditating on inspiring success quotes. These quotes will help inspire your thoughts to focus on success. 

When your thoughts are success-oriented, your actions follow. 

Step up as the woman you are and take charge of things. Sometimes, it may seem like all is against you, but you don't back down. You step and face it squarely.

Stop seeing yourself as a woman with nothing or a woman who is the lesser gender. See yourself as a woman who can do so much more.

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u0022I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?'u0022
— Leah Busque, founder, and CEO of TaskRabbit

A smart entrepreneur is always looking for ways to advance in business. This means they must have the desire and ability to always think forward. 

Being a woman in the business industry, you have to be proactive. You also have to think outside the present and focus on the future, especially as you want to stand out from your male counterparts and colleagues. 

Every new day is an opportunity to prepare your business for the next level. This means you should always be active. From conducting market research to creating an action plan for the next phase of your journey 

The life of an entrepreneur starts and begins with thinking ahead.

This may be hard considering that you may want to take a break after completing a task. While taking that break, plan for the next move.

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u0022The glass ceiling that once limited a woman's career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties.u0022
— Erica Nicole, Founder, and CEO of YFS Magazine

 

Women have successfully turned their obstacles into pillars for career growth.

Their home insight and acumen can be used in the workplace to grow the company. The power women hold is not limited just to the home. It can take shape and form in the workplace.

Thankfully, many women have taken this cue and stepped up. But more needs to step up. Those who have stepped up need to lend a helping hand to others.

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u0022What I learn from talking to so many women around the world: If you can empower them with the right things, the right tools. They can lift their family. And that ultimately lifts their community and their society.u0022
— Melinda Gates

A woman in the forefront is of great value to the nation. The power of a determined and focused woman is second to none. 

A challenge of empowerment here is the right tools and environment. But you can start anywhere and with what you have. If you can make use of the little you have to achieve something; then when the bigger one comes, it shows you will be great at using it.

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u0022Our fear of the unknown and our fear of making mistakes trick us into focusing on what we don't know or can't do. When we give ourselves the freedom to be uncertain and less than perfect, then we can start thinking, ‘What do I know? What can I do?' That's when the adventure starts — learning, thriving, conquering, failing, recouping, and having a ton of funu0022
— Unknown

The fear of the unknown is one of the major setbacks for many entrepreneurs. 

In reality, the unknown should create excitement and a feeling of adventure, not fear. 

It limits you when you get so scared of the unknown and only stick with the known. It stops you from reaching your potential. Your fear of making mistakes keeps you confined to what you think you know.

Stepping out of the box, losing out fear, and having no fear of mistakes allow you to start exploring and making plans for the business. 

You begin to think about how best to grow yourself and the enterprise, and you resort to learning, relearning, and unlearning certain things termed as truths. Freedom exposes you to reality.

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u0022Don'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.u0022
— Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

Instead of shying away from what you can't do, pounce on it; who knows what you can discover.

Never be intimidated by what you think you can't do. They may be your greatest strength in disguise. So, never give room to back out of any opportunity or action. When you get to do it, give it your best.

Sometimes, you back out of a task because you're intimidated by how it is or your lack of knowledge of it. You're simply saying there is no room for an attempt. 

What if that task can expose your greatest strength?

Instead of being intimidated, take the task head-on and show it what you can do.

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u0022I want every little girl who's been told she's bossy to be told again she has leadership skills.u0022
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook

As a woman, people are ready to pick out many faults in you. They look for every opportunity to drag you down based on what they perceive as a fault or error.

Sometimes, that error is a hidden trait that can take you to the next level. Don't be ashamed of who you are just because people feel you are too intimidating. 

Also, don't be ashamed of who you are as long as you are not hurting anyone. Leadership is all about adding value to your team and those around you. 

Additionally, learn to own your accomplishments. Celebrate your wins whenever they come. You deserve them.

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u0022Your job as a leader is to stay as close in touch as possible with those closest to the action.u0022
— Kat Cole, president of Focus Brands

As an entrepreneur, you are a leader. And a leader should always surround herself with the right people.

It is one thing to have people around you, and it is another to have the right people around you. The right people understand your vision, mission, and goals. Like-minded people tend to work together better than others. 

The right people are close to the action. They can be mentors or coaches. They will be there to help you when you're down and also to make the right decisions.

Don't just pick anyone and call them the right people. Look for senior colleagues in the field and be around them. They will guide and help you. 

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u0022So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.u0022
— Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr, and Hunch

It's great to work hard. In fact, to succeed in entrepreneurship, you must be ready to put in the work. But while working hard, are you working hard at the wrong thing or the right thing?

While focusing your energy on your business, you must focus on the right things your business needs. You identify your business and weaknesses and work to strengthen them while expanding your business.

For example, you may be working hard to create better products for your customers, but a major challenge to your business may be bad customer service. 

You see, you have to be agile and ready to do your research if you want to focus on the right thing. 

Focusing and working on the right thing is more productive than channeling all your energy on the wrong things. That is not smart work.

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u0022This is what will change the world…a ground swell of people pouring their energy into manifesting their u0022preferred futureu0022 instead of being worn down by disillusion and disappointment.u0022
— Molly Carlile, u0022The Deathtalker®u0022 and international speaker/author

Willing and action-oriented people achieve change.

You mustn't be like everyone to change the world or create change in your little space. Where people see failure, you see success; where people see disappointment, you see hope.

When finally, you don't get what you want. You see it as a lesson to press further to achieve it. 

As an entrepreneur, what is your preferred future? Is what you're seeing and doing invoke a change where you are?

If you're able to answer this question, you will be able to channel actions to start taking and doing well.

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u0022There is no better personal development tool than running your own business.u0022
— Ali Brown, award-winning entrepreneur and business coach

Growing your business won't only teach you business lessons but also important life lessons. You evaluate yourself, attitude, and actions.  

Successful entrepreneurs all have a story about how growing their business and staying in the process changed their lives for the better. 

No wonder most people say that running a business is similar to survival. 

You learn a lot along the way and can grow on the lessons learned.

Starting a business may not be for everyone but starting a business grows you. All personal development skills you need not just for life but also for business are embedded in running a business. 

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u0022People don't take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.u0022
— Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder of Cloudflare

Overanalyzing can kill opportunities. In fact, there is a term called “analysis paralysis.”

Analysis paralysis is the inability to make a decision or take action because you are overthinking a challenge. 

When opportunities knock, go for it. Don't sit back to analyze and re-analyze. In over-analyzing, doubts kick in, thus keeping you from taking action.

Most times, it is best you grab every opportunity you seem. Make good use of it, and give no room for doubt by overanalyzing.

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u0022True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.u0022
— Sheryl Sandberg

One of the best qualities of leadership is authenticity (integrity). You don't wait for it to be perfect to know you're right.

In leadership, it is authenticity over perfection. Perfection may be far-fetched, but authenticity is always there. 

And guess what?

People love authenticity. You don't need to try to prove you are what you are not.

Your ability as a leader lies in your honesty. People want you to be genuine with them.

Always be true in whatever you do. Your team members trust you when you do that and become willing to carry out any task.

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u0022Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'u0022
— Mary Anne Radmacher, author, artist

Courage is the willingness to stay and face challenges irrespective of the situation. It is more mental than physical.

Courage is not always to be in the forefront of chanting. It is the willingness to try again, even if it's for the 100th time. That's courage enough.

It takes bravery to come amid failure to keep trying, but that's what courage is all about. Your ability to keep moving even when the tide is against you. No matter how much it fails in that business deal, you keep trying.

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u0022Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.u0022
— Julie Andrews

The biggest myth about entrepreneurship is that you become successful when you launch your business.

Honestly, I don't know who passes these myths, but they are absurd.

The truth about growing a business is that it is associated with hardship. This means that you must be prepared to fail many times.

However, you should also develop a resilient spirit. Resilience means your willingness to get up regardless of how often you fall. This is because failure is not the final result. It is only a means to the results. 

Business and entrepreneurship have their share of failures and successes, but perseverance keeps you on track.

As an entrepreneur, you will have your share of failures. It's not something you pray for but something that will happen. But your ability to move forward from it is your key to achieving so much in the industry.

Remember, business is not for the weak-minded but the determined and resilient.

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u0022You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.u0022  
— Mae West

Living your life according to your terms and not what someone else dictates is the best way of living. Since there is no duplicate life, you can also live the one you have to its fullest.

Therefore, now is the best time to launch that business and take that adventure. You will learn a lot. 

Living in regret is the worst kind of living, and I'm certain you don't want that for yourself.

The best kind of life is a fulfilled one. 

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u0022The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It's part of the job description.u0022
― Caterina Fake

Optimism is a must-have entrepreneurial mindset for anybody in the business. Optimism means seeing the good side of things even in the face of difficulties. 

An optimistic mindset is a growth mindset. This means that you believe that you can learn anything you need to solve a tough situation. You develop a growth mindset by meditating on growth mindset quotes. These quotes will help you to stay optimistic.

Successful entrepreneurs are optimistic, which is why they were able to step out of the” safe zone,” take that risk and find ways to succeed in their business. 

To survive as an entrepreneur, you must be hopeful and confident even in tough situations. 

Without it, you see everything as a tide against you, and you can easily give up.

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u0022Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.u0022
― Ginni Rometty

Your value is measured in what you can give out. People respect you as an entrepreneur based on what you can share.

Entrepreneurship is about the value you can give others, not just yourself.

All you know as an entrepreneur is not enough. But the moment you share it, it becomes worthwhile. 

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u0022Deciding to not follow a system or someone else's rules have allowed me to dig into what my strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful.u0022
—Ishita Gupta, founder of Fear. Less Magazine

Being a startup entrepreneur is not so easy. There are many people with many opinions telling you how you should run your business so you won't come off as intimidating. 

When you start following everyone's advice so you won't make a mistake, you lose who you are.

Going contrary to this exposes you to the real you. You will surely discover what works and what doesn't work for you. You learn more about yourself.

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u0022I believe in a quiet, strong, and grounded leadership. I think some of the best leaders are those whose work is widely known and respected but who, themselves, are relatively unknown.u0022
— Rachael Chong, founder/CEO, Catchafire

There are over a thousand successful women around the world. A lot of them are unknown but they command an empire. 

As an entrepreneur, you are judged by your works, according to some people. We can, however, have people in the background (leaders and entrepreneurs) who are not seen but contribute immensely to the growth of the business and enterprise. 

Therefore, you mustn't be all out to be seen as someone contributing to yeh growth of an enterprise. You can be in the background and still happen. Seize every opportunity to help out.

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u0022Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.u0022
– Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist, author, and speaker

Change starts when a group of passionate, like-minded people comes together to make a difference. It doesn't matter if that group is large or small. What matters is that there is an idea, and people are ready to take action.

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u0022Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble-making individualu0022
—Natalie Clifford Barney, playwright, poet, and novelist

Entrepreneurship is a platform to express your creativity. It is how “rebels” with a dream work to create something great for the world to see. 

Female entrepreneurs are often looked at as “trouble makers” because they decided to go against the societal norm for women and follow a new path. 

Instead of letting society dictate how they should live their life, these women are ready to take what's theirs even if they would be frowned at. 

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u0022No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, BE the unexpected.u0022
— Lynda Barry, author

In business, be what and who they didn't expect.

While every other person is following one approach, take an unexpected approach to arrive at an even better result.

The primary advantage of setting your own path is becoming the boss of that path. People look up to you and will try to follow in your footsteps while you lead.

However, to create your own path, you must do your homework. This means you must research your industry — be it agriculture, technology, fashion, and so on — and other successful entrepreneurs in your industry. 

You must also be ready to take risks and try out new things. As you're prepared for the worst, ensure that you don't need to bare all of you out there. Surprise then with who you are

Be The Powerful Woman Entrepreneur You Want To Be

Women are rapidly taking their place in the business world. In some of the best business establishments, women are in the top seats. This shows how there is no limit to what women can achieve. 

These powerful women entrepreneur quotes in this article will inspire you (and other business women) to take the bold step and develop your powerful business empire. Life is too beautiful to live it in regret. Rather than just dream, make your goals a reality. 

Anastasia Belyh

Editor at FounderJar

Anastasia has been a professional blogger and researcher since 2014. She loves to perform in-depth software reviews to help software buyers make informed decisions when choosing project management software, CRM tools, website builders, and everything around growing a startup business.

Anastasia worked in management consulting and tech startups, so she has lots of experience in helping professionals choosing the right business software.