It’s already the last two weeks of 2018 – where did the time go?! While many of us are busily preparing for the holiday season and wrapping up Q4, we might be forgetting about the need to refocus, reenergize over the break. It’s essential to take some time for yourself and focus on your goals and mission in order to start the new year refreshed.

That’s why we put together these motivational quotes from 12 amazing female entrepreneurs who’ve given it their all, and persevered, to build the businesses of their dreams. Sound like what you want to do? Or maybe you just need a little extra push? Then find out how Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington and more, do what they do.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Founder of Thrive Global, Co-Founder of The Huffington Post

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

Everybody makes mistakes, some larger than others, but it’s part of being human. How you react to and learn from those mistakes is what’s important though. Use them as a way to grow and improve, that’s how you will succeed.

OPRAH WINFREY: Talk Show Hostess, Producer, Philanthropist

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”

Oprah worked very hard to get to where she is and she does everything with passion and perseverance. Keep creating and dreaming, you can do it.

ANNE SWEENEY: Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”

Yes, yes and more yes. We’re all working towards different goals, we all move at different speeds. Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on building a life you are proud of.

ELLEN DEGENERES: Comedian, Talk Show Hostess, Actress, Writer, Producer

“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”

When you’re feeling a little lost this is something great to reflect on. Look at the big picture, put away your ego and focus on why you’re doing what you do.

KATIA BEAUCHAMP: Cofounder and CEO, Birchbox

“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.

Believe in yourself, dream bigger and stop making excuses. You can do whatever you’re willing to work hard enough at.

ESTÉE LAUDER: Cofounder, Estee Lauder Companies

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

Have big dreams but don’t let them just be dreams, work at them – hard.

SARA BLAKELY: Founder, Spanx

“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.”

Nobody knows everything. Treat your inexperience and the unknown as a learning opportunity, then you will never stop growing.

ANITA RODDICK: Founder of The Body Shop

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” 

You are unique, there is no one out there like you. Use this to your advantage and be true to who you are.

MICHELLE OBAMA: Former First Lady of the United States

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” 

This is important to think about as you try to grow your business. How do you define success? And what is your mission? Come back to these.

ANGELINA JOLIE: Award-Winning Actress and Philanthropist

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” 

This is one of our favorite quotes at Behere. We know firsthand how much you learn from experiencing other places and people, so get out of that box!

CHER: Recording Artist, Television Personality, Actress, Director, Record Producer and Philanthropist

“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” 

Take risks, put yourself out there, and constantly be learning and growing. You have to be comfortable with looking foolish or failing in order to get where you want to be.

MARY KAY ASH: Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” 

Expand your mind and stop holding yourself back. You will hear it a million times, but you have to believe in yourself.

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