In celebration of Women's History Month, I've compiled 14 of my favorite quotes from women, sure to motivate and inspire! Pin them for later when you need an extra boost of confidence.Read More
"It's better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation." -Herman Melville Keep trying your own ideas. It's the only way to find what truly inspires you and you'll end up with something much more valuable than if you imitate others.
Can you truly be content with success based on imitation, anyway? That kind of success isn't sustainable because you need that spark of personality or something different that helps you stand out. That differentiating factor.
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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"People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes." -k.v.h. What lights up your eyes?
What fuels your passion the most?
"There is no finish line, so love the journey." -David Weekly Just a quick reminder that there is no finish line.
Stop the mindset of "when x happens, things will be better" or "when x happens, I'll feel fulfilled."
Don't rush through life. This is a reason to find passions, either in hobbies or your career.
"I myself am entirely made of flaws stitched together with good intentions." Reminder: we're all made of flaws. It's the intentions that matter.
What makes you happy? Are the majority of your actions aimed towards things that truly make you happy or toward things you think you should be doing?
Are the things you buy to impress others? Are you goals really your own?
Make some space to examine these questions and adjust accordingly.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." -Rumi Growing up I loved entertaining myself with a wide variety things...making magazines + collages, writing stories, designing websites on Angelfire when I got a little older, health + fitness, reading about mental health issues, etc. I didn't imagine I'd figure out a way to combine a lot of these interests into a career.
What did you love to do as a child? What do you love to do now?
Even if you don't turn it into a business, you need to incorporate more of it into your life. Make time for your hobbies and passions. They're worth more than you think.
Or maybe you have a very specific, offbeat interest. This is even better as far as business is concerned, but it could also be a great way for you to connect with like-minded people.
Don't be afraid to share your passions. As the quote says, they will not lead you astray.
In the Comments:
What does this quote mean to you?
I'm a huge supporter of authenticity in business, so naturally I love this image. The more easily people can relate to you, the more they will trust you. Your clients and customers want to know you're human.
You don't need to attract everyone as a client. You will attract a more solid, loyal following when you can connect to a smaller niche.
In the Comments:
What about YOU attracts your tribe?
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"Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you won't do anything with it." - M. Scott Peck What a perfect quote for entrepreneurs, especially those who offer services. It can be so challenging to set up boundaries and know what we're worth.
However, that's the only way we can move forward, stay sane + do amazing things with the time we have.
Here are a few questions that come to mind when I read this quote:
- Are you taking time for self-care?
- Do you have clear boundaries with clients? Are they in your contract?
- Are you charging what you're worth?
"If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we'd be happy with more?" - unknown There's a certain power in being grateful for what you already have. It opens up new possibilities and the energy to focus on goals that aren't material.
"Don't wait for your feelings to change to take action. Take the action and your feelings will change." -Barbara Baron Growth requires change. If something doesn't feel right, it's time to test some options.
Don't be paralyzed by the fear of regret. You always have a choice. If the first action doesn't work out, try another one. It's really that simple.
"I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted." -Jack Keruoac I love Jack Keruoac. He was so full of wonder, possibility and inspiration.
Take a moment to view your life in this way, as a blank page.
What would you create? Are those visions your visions, or what you feel you should want?
What's stopping you from doing so? Are those valid reasons for stopping you, or can you find a creative solution around them?
Simple words to live by. Don't over-complicate your life. The simplest answer is usually the best (+listen to your gut). Tell your friends and family you love them + don't hold grudges. It's never worth it. And my favorite of all, never stop expanding your mind. Being open to new experiences and learning new things is a core component of happiness.
"What matters is the value we've created in life, the people we've made happy and how much we've grown as people." -Daisaku Ikeda Sometimes we all need a little reminder, ya know?
"I welcome change as a great adventure." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie Honestly this is one of the secrets to my success so far.
Be flexible with your path. There are so many things you can't control, so be willing to change and don't get so caught up in things being "perfect" or how you envisioned them.
"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." - Steve Jobs This is the absolute biggest lesson I've learned over the past few years. Trust your gut. That's a cliche for a reason.
"A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well." - Unknown I'm wrapping up an exceptionally challenging week. Each year a client I contract for hosts a huge sales meeting for our 200+ representatives. This is the third year I've attended the events. While the meetings are fun, the week typically requires 80+ hours of work, plus constant socializing, which exhausts my introverted self.
What I keep in mind, though, is that everyone has stress. I could complain about how hard my week was, or be thankful for the opportunity and learn from the hard work.
"There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally." -Don Miguel Ruiz This is something I've been working on over the past few years. It's important to keep in mind that people are seeing the world and your actions through their own lens.
If you apply mindfulness, you'll understand that people can feel an emotion without being that emotion. You can feel anger without being an angry person.