10 Empowering Quotes from Women with Killer Careers

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Today is International Women’s Day, and what better way to mark it than by acknowledging that there’s always a story, a bigger picture behind every successful woman – often one that you wouldn’t expect. For instance, before author J.K. Rowling was a household sensation, she was an impoverished single mother who took the risk of her life to write the first Harry Potter book. Before eventually finding success with her billion-dollar Spanx empire, Sara Blakely went door to door selling fax machines, as she told Savoir Flair in this interview.

From lessons on failure, self-doubt, and focus to ones on money, learning, and courage, we’ve curated the best advice from female poets, artists, architects, authors, actresses, comedians, and entrepreneurs that will leave you feeling next-level motivated. Read on for quotes from Oprah Winfrey, Zaha Hadid, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, and more.

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“Your success will not be determined by your gender or your ethnicity, but only by the scope of your dreams and your hard work to achieve them.” – Zaha Hadid

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“The reason I've been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money.” – Oprah Winfrey

3

“Coincidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion.” – Tina Fey

4

“You think, ‘What if I make a mistake today, I’ll regret it.’ I don’t believe in regret. I feel everything leads us to where we are and we have to just jump forward, mean well, commit, and just see what happens.” – Angelina Jolie

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“My dad always preached that, if you’re not failing, you’re not learning.” – Sara Blakely

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“Imagine what you could do if you started doing something about all you imagine.” – Cleo Wade

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“Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred as a sheep.” – Madonna

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“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

9

“When you lose, you're more motivated. When you win, you fail to see your mistakes and probably no one can tell you anything.” – Venus Williams

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“Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.” – Barbara Walters

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