There’s nothing quite like a mother’s wisdom. Couple that hard-won wisdom with business acumen and you’re bound to stumble upon some inspiration, courage and brave ideologies to help you push forward and build the life and business you’ve always imagined.
Consider these powerful words from successful mompreneurs (i.e., female business owners who balance the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur) that can lead you to your own success.
1. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.”
–– Diane von Furstenberg, Designer & Founder at Diane von Furstenberg
2. “Work hard but work smart. Always. Every day. Nothing is handed to you, and nothing is easy. You’re not owed anything. No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do and do it better. Be a sponge. Be open and learn.”
–– Bobbi Brown, Professional makeup artist and Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
3. “No matter how different women are, we all seem to share the guilt that we’re not doing enough. If anything, I would say that as long as you’re doing your best, it’s more than enough.”
–– Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company
4. “When you own a business and have a family, there isn’t the abundance of free time I once had and that can be difficult; a schedule provides balance. It’s so rewarding though to know that they see what we do and are proud of it.”
–– Monique Lhuillier, Designer
5. “When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
–– Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, American singer-songwriter and businesswoman
6. “When I look back, I feel like I didn’t have enough confidence. I wish I had had more confidence to be myself, know who I was, and embrace who I was. In my twenties, I was too busy becoming another person, and in my thirties, I was too busy trying to impress other people. It wasn’t until my late forties that I found the confidence to truly be myself. If I could live again, that would be the one thing I would want to tell my younger self: Be confident to be yourself.”
–– Zhang Xin, Chinese billionaire and Co-Founder and CEO of SOHO China
7. “Moms are the best negotiators. They are empathetic, they value other people’s talents and time, and they are the toughest people on the planet. Show me one mom who hasn’t had her life changed after spending the first night awake with her feverish baby, or navigated the hurt feelings that her child comes home with from the playground. Moms are, in short, badass bitches – but also they are the most comforting allies around. They are the perfect people to have in a business organization to get shit done and keep other people happy.”
–– Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Co-Founder at Guest of a Guest and Founder of Lingua Franca
8. “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 Treleaven Blakely, American billionaire businesswoman, and Founder of Spanx
9. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”
–– Serena Jameka Williams, American professional tennis player and businesswoman
10. “If you do make a statement it does open up difficult conversations … I encourage people when they are afraid of what other people might throw at them for speaking up or speaking their truth, to take a minute, slow yourself down enough to think it through, and then I think it’s really good for people to take action.”
–– Tracy Anderson, Fitness entrepreneur and celebrity trainer
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