We love these inspiring quotes for women, from women who’ve made it all the way up; they tell us not just about power, but also life and living it to the fullest.
I came, I saw, I conquered, (veni, vidi, vici) goes the famous Latin proverb. This stands very true for Indian women who despite the patriarchy world we live in and the taboos around powerful women
, have dared to break the shackles and scale the heights of success. In the words of late author Maya Angelou, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life is a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass!”
I’ve listed below a few powerful quotes for women, from successful women in our country, which I feel can inspire women across the world. These inspiring quotes for women make us feel that with conviction, perseverance and knowledge, we are absolutely capable of making our way into male bastions and carving a niche for ourselves.
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“I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing,” says Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
, Chairman and MD, Biocon limited. She is definitely a good role model for ambitious young women. In most of our lives, failure are inevitable and its how we deal with them that matters.
“I urge all women to believe in themselves and in the fact that they are capable of running a successful professional life as well as family life,” says Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director at ICICI Bank. Our faith in ourselves will take us a long way. Tapping our potential and putting it to use will work wonders.
“It is important to pursue your passion more than your legacy, if you have a passion with a purpose, then everything else fits in,” says Nita Ambani, Chairperson & Founder of the Reliance Foundation. I find this inspiring simply because without that passion, it is difficult to stay in it for the long term.
“Success is less to do with strategy and more to do with authenticity and integrity. There is nothing enduring about strategy. The truly enduring things are values, character, genuineness and authenticicity. Whatever you do is an idea; it is a belief, a principle. If you have this understanding, it is going to be easy for you to change the strategy or its execution,” says Vinita Bali, previously the Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited. This idea reinforces the significance of core values and the importance of abiding by them if one wishes to reach the heights.
“You should do things you believe in. There has to be a fine balance between listening to people and taking decisions,” are the words of Shikha Sharma, CEO and MD, Axis Bank.
“There was a fire in me that made me believe that I could be successful without anyone’s help. I did not want to be a failure. If you have that fire, nothing in the world can stop you from succeeding,” says Patricia Narayan, Founder, Sandheepa chain of hotels. Her words in a nice way convey the message: Live your life to the fullest, dream higher, make yourself visible to the world with all that zest for life.
“A leader to me is one who has clarity of thought, courage and conviction to act, the charisma to influence and build followers and finally one who would never compromise when it comes to values and upholds character, above all,” says Sushma Rajagopalan, CEO and MD, ITC Infotech.
“Women’s strength in fostering relationships and emotional sensitivity greatly help in developing customer relationships. Normally men try to dominate, whereas women orchestrate,” reflects Usha Ananthasubramanian, CEO and MD Punjab National Bank. Each one of these women has battled many obstacles in their ways to scale such heights of success. The following words prove it.
“Sometimes very great misfortunes are actually the beginnings of a very great fortunate situation,” says Shahnaz Hussain, Founder of Shahnaz Herbals Inc. Shahnaz Hussain was a pioneer
in the herbal beauty industry but her success did not come easy.
“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal,you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better newer course might have opened up,” says Indra Nooyi , CEO, PepsiCo. Her words make a lot of sense especially given that women’s careers are not always in a straight line upwards, and we need to create opportunities for ourselves and grab them when they occur.
It is no longer even a question as to whether women are capable of handling crucial entrepreneurial roles and leading large companies. Women have always proven that they are a force to be followed whichever path they choose and these women are powerful examples.
I hope you liked these inspiring quotes for women, and that they brightened up your day just a little!