Women have come a long way in making their mark in the business industry. In fact, recent statistics show lady bosses own more than 11 million companies in the US, employing almost 9 million people. And the future looks bright for more women who want to join the ranks of these successful people.
If you’re planning to get down to business literally, let these words of wisdom from powerful women be lessons for you as you start your journey as an entrepreneur:

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey (talk show host, actress, producer)

You have to find what your passion is. That’s what’s going to fuel you in this competitive world. It’s what you will hold on to when the going gets tough. Ask yourself, what’s something that you can work on over and over again, in which you would find delight and purpose in when you do it for the rest of your life. When you’re able to answer that, feed that passion.

“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching […]” — Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo)

You can’t do it alone. Strong-willed as you are, you need people to make it in the industry you want to be in. Find people who can be your mentors or coaches. Some people start at franchise business relationships. As a first step into the entrepreneurial world, some consider getting into a beauty salon or women’s fashion franchise like Apricot Lane. This way, they’re able to learn the trade from those who already established their brands. Whatever you do, find people who you can find valuable learning in.

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“Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.” — Sheryl Sandberg (CEO, Facebook)

Empathy matters in business. It’s what would inspire you to make products and offer services that address people’s needs. It’s the value that creates strong relationships with employees, clients, and business partners.

Even at the start of your entrepreneurial journey, you should be able to develop already the skill of putting yourself in one’s shoes. That would give you a whole new perspective about how you do things, from dealing with your employees to pitching business ideas.

Take inspiration from these quotes from amazing, powerful women. Then, do as they say: find your passion, find your mentors, and find your heart.