One of most well-known entrepreneurs said “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” These words come from the media mogul queen herself, Oprah Winfrey, who has experienced many challenges and redefined power by building an empire against all odds.
Being an entrepreneur is difficult for anyone and it can be even more challenging for a woman, but there is inspiration within the community. We share some key quotes on how to keep motivated and encouraged from 10 successful female entrepreneurs and home inventors, alike.
Self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, inventor of the Miracle Mop and the inspiration behind the acclaimed film Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence. Her book, “Inventing Joy,” is a biopic that relives her inspiring journey.
“When I wake up, I think, ‘What can I do to help others?’ I think we all owe the world something. That’s the way I am when I’m designing a product.”
American entrepreneur, investor and the co-founder and C.E.O. of Eventbrite. She is best known for her leadership at Eventbrite and empowering women in the technology industry.
“If you think about stripping away 80 percent of the things that don’t matter and focusing on the 20 percent that will actually make a difference, I think you’ll find great results even in the toughest of situations and the harshest of environments.”
A proud wife and mother of 3, she founded Zenobia’s Sweet Tooth, which she runs out of her Brooklyn home. She’s been featured on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, The Chew, The Better Show, Good Morning America, and Anderson Live.
“One thing I wish I knew was to expect the ups and downs in the business! There are certain steps to success, and you will have good and bad days until you reach the top.”
The creator of the Buddy Towel. A home-inventor and mom of 6, Angelyn’s idea came to life when she needed something to help dry off her kids after bath and pool time.
“Stop telling yourself you don’t know what to do- listen to your intuition. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Push through that feeling of being scared, take the risk and really amazing things will happen.”
The youngest self-made female billionaire in America and one-time door-to-door fax machine salesperson, Sara Blakely invested $5,000 to come up with something to wear under white slacks. Her simple idea turned into a billion dollar Spanx empire because, “I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment.”
“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.”
The Founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The first and largest community of Latina digital influencers, hyperlocal events and annual Summit that propels growth through brand partnerships and community development.
“Don’t shy away from all of the things your culture taught you, just learn how to apply them well to your business.”
The Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought.
“It’s hard to build a business, so if you are going to do it, build a big one — go for it! Make sure your idea is big enough. Don’t wait until you think you are ready. There is no perfect time — if you see an opportunity, go for it! Don’t intellectualize it. And be passionate about your business, because you won’t keep going when times get tough.”
Karyn Langhorne Folan
Founder of Rock Creek Content, a screenwriting and film production company, she started the company with two partners to launch her self-written film The Revisionist.
“Progress happens in its own time, not on the schedule we expect. Sometimes, it might feel like success in your business is taking forever, but the needle is moved by hard work, relationships, and life lessons. Keep the vision at the forefront and do the work—the success will come!”
As the only female co-founder of a global semiconductor company, the Marvell Technology Group, Weili Dai is considered both a pioneer and a tech visionary. She has become a driving force in building bridges between the United States and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology.
“I believe it is in the world’s interest to develop environments that fully engage women and leverage their natural talents.”
Oprah encourages entrepreneurs to expand their comfort zones by, “Do(ing) the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”