It’s International Woman’s Day gals! To celebrate, we’ve collated some of our favourite pieces of advice and best quotes, from the worlds most inspiring and successful women. I’ve also popped in some links to talks, podcasts and books if you’re interested in deep diving in!
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’” – Sophia Amoruso
If you fancy learning more about the founder of NastyGal and GirlBoss Media, she has a book (aptly called #GirlBoss) and a Netflix series, based on her life. I’m also pretty into her podcast Girlboss radio, she interviews bomb-ass women from all industries. I loved her interview with Youtubber Lilly Singh in particular
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
I highly recommend the movie about her life ‘Coco Before Chanel’, it’s amazing!
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” – Julia Child
“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton
“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” – Michelle Obama
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
“The hardest but most rewarding thing is finding the best people who are right for the team. Once you’ve got
them, the sky’s the limit. People are everything.” – Lana Hopkins
Make sure you check out our interview with the lovely Lana here.
“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes
“When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna
“Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg
Every lass should read her books (yes she has a few now), she’s brilliant.
“If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go.” – Sara Blakely
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai
“Try harder every day to be better than the day before.” – Julia Gillard
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Arianna Huffington
For an amazing, in-depth interview, this podcast on The Tim Ferriss Show is 👌.
“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” – Diana Ross
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brene Brown
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey
Bossypants is a must-read.
“It doesn’t matter how many people do what you do, no one can do it like you, so be bold and be brave.” – Jane Lu
“Do as much as you can for everyone you can. Whether it be family, friends, your boss or even your barista. You never know where you might need a favour or who you will cross paths with later on.” – Roxy Jacenko
We interview the PR mogul here.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
“It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” – Emma Watson
“The physical part is easy — it’s the mental part of injury that haunts us.” – Amelia Boone
One of the most inspiring people I’ve ever heard talk, listen to an interview with this powerhouse here.
“Today, we turn to one person to provide what an entire village once did: a sense of grounding, meaning, and continuity. At the same time, we expect our committed relationships to be romantic as well as emotionally and sexually fulfilling. Is it any wonder that so many relationships crumble under the weight of it all”? – Esther Perel
Esther has a great podcast aptly named ‘where should we begin’, which is a really poignant and honest look at all types of relationships. She’s a master in her field and knowledgeable AF.
“Know what your personal values are. They will be a very powerful compass for decision making.” – Samantha Wills
We loved chatting with SW!
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
“Only a loser finds it impossible to accept a temporary setback. A winner asks why.” – Ita Buttrose
“Sometimes, great collaboration is hard to nurture online, so doing so offline is the way to go“. – Cameron Russell
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” – Elizabeth Gilbert