35 best motivational quotes for women who want to start a business

By Laura @ IWMLB Project | What business shall I start?

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Jun 01
You know the drill. Every day is like groundhog day as you drag yourself to work over and over again. You dream of the day you have your own business and can tell your corporate company to stick it up their…I mean, politely hand in your resignation letter.

But, for some reason, you never take that first step to starting your business. You’ve read all the blog posts, listened to all the podcasts but still aren’t taking action.

You need something to just tip you over the edge, to make you take the first step towards starting your business.

Sometimes all it takes is one quote, just one sentence that makes you think, “screw it, I’m gonna do it”.

Below, I’ve handpicked the best motivational quotes I could find to help you finally go for it. And you should. What’s the worst that could happen?

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35 best motivational quotes for women who want to start a business

Believe in yourself

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” – Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corporation

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”– Sheryl Sandberg

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Get in the right mindset

“The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” ― Caterina Fake, Founder of Flickr

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” ― Oprah Winfrey, “Queen of All Media”

“Don’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.”—Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”  – Helen Keller, Author, Political Activist, and Speaker

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Take Action

“I never dreamed about success.  I worked for it.”– Estee Lauder, Founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics

“The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.” – Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”  –Nolan Bushnell, Entrepreneur

“Any time is a good time to start a company.”  – Ron Conway, Noted Startup Investor, SV Angel

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See it as a journey, not a destination

“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” ― Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCo

Stop Overthinking it

“Nasty Gal would have surely failed had it been my goal to grow a business to the size that I have today.” Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal founder and author of #GirlBoss.

“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good” – Paul Rand, Graphic Designer

“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” ― Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo

“The key to success is to start before you are ready.” Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

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No regrets

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin, Squidoo founder, author, and blogger

“Decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” – Amelia Earhart, pilot.

“You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West, Actress, Playwright, Screenwriter

“I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.” – Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder

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Don’t give up

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally.  It comes from what you do consistently.” Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur, Writer and Philanthropist

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” Julie Andrews, Actress, Singer, Author

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”. – Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb.

“If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” – Marissa Mayer, president & CEO of Yahoo!

“The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” – Unknown

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Failure is normal

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” ― Arianna Huffington, Editor of Huffington Post

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” – Mark Cuban, owner of Landmark Theaters and chairman of AXS TV.

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”  Drew Houston, Dropbox Co-Founder, and CEO

“The road to success is always under construction.”—Lily Tomlin, actress, comedian, writer and producer

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And finally,

It really doesn’t matter what the catalyst is to make you finally start, it’s about your mindset shift.

You have to make the mental decision that the time is NOW and you are going to go for it.

Once you have made the decision, you’ll just keep going no matter what.

Have any of these quotes helped you decide to get started?!


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Hi, I am Laura. I set up the 'I Want My Life Back Project' after burning out in a corporate job. I quit in May 2017 and set about getting my life back. I now freelance 2 days a week, run this blog, manage my rental properties and am SO MUCH HAPPIER! All the content on this blog is to help you to get your life back too :-)