Inspirational quotes don’t have to be saccharine filled nonsense – they can actually be great motivators, if they’re used correctly.

So The Wellness Academy has decided to collate a list of motivational quotes especially for working women.

Motivational & Inspirational Quotes for Finding your Voice & Vision

These days, women have more of a voice then ever before but there are still some of us who are afraid to use it; afraid to step outside of our comfort zone and express what we want in life and business. Nobody knows what you want unless you do tell them – so speak up, be heard and set a precedence for those that follow in your wake.

These quotes may help you live out loud:

“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

“Next time, ask: what’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end … And the speaking will get easier and easier.  … And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” – Audre Lorde

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates

“Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough.” – Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

Motivational Quotes for Overcoming Fear

Studies have shown that women can be more risk-averse than men – probably due to our conditioning and limiting beliefs. But the good news is that we can undo the negative conditioning – hey, after all you did take the BIG risk of starting your own business, so you have made the first step!

Here are some quotes to remind you of how brave you can be when doubt and fear sets in:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.” – Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

“Between 2008 and 2016, the number of female self-employed people increased by 55 per cent. In the same period, the number of mothers who were self-employed increased by 79 per cent and now total 302,000.” ~ IPSE

Motivational Quotes about Working Hard

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr

“Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected.” – Lynda Barry

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

Inspirational Quotes to help Working Women Kick Ass and Conquer the World

Take these last little bits of wisdom and go conquer the world.

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr

“Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.” – Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine Albright.