There’s a power in quotes. Whether it be in four words of forty, there’s something about these small pearls of wisdom that bury themselves deep in our souls, waiting to be felt and recalled every time we need help or assistance. That’s power. The power to recall words and use them to keep going.
A lot of the quotes gain their power from their author. When it’s a woman you admire, trust or look up to, their words become gospel. It’s smart to look up to women and try and gain some sort of guidance from their words — that’s why they’re speaking them, right?
This week’s inspiration comes from Ginni Rometty, who in 2012 was announced as the first-ever female CEO of IBM. She has been named in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years, ranking #1 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
– Ginny Rometty
“Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward; that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.”
– Terry Goodkind
“And only weaklings…who lack courage and the power to feel they’re right when the whole world says they’re wrong, ever lose.”
– Zelda Fitzgerald
“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”
– Ann Landers
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”
– Mary Tyler Moore
“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
– Anne Frank
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
“Why is hard always an excuse to stop?”
– Caroline Myss
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up.”
– Sophia Amoruso
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou
“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
The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.
– Debbi Fields
“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
– Helen Keller