Tyler Vendetti
September 10, 2014 7:42 am

Sometimes, it seems like you can’t do anything without someone questioning your decisions. (“Really, you want to make a living do that? That’s, like, impossible.”) Ignoring people’s comments on your aspirations and following your dreams can be a terrifying prospect. When bills start piling up and everyone around you starts reproducing and landing six-figure salaries, the temptation to settle for second-best swells and often clouds your judgment. But you can’t lose sight of your goals, you just can’t. Remember: the more you stick with your calling, the more likely you are to succeed at it. Take it from some famous ladies who never gave up, no matter how many obstacles they may have faced:

1. “For a long time there I was a bit of a laughing-stock. And while everybody was busy laughing, what was I doing? I was laying the foundation to what I have in place now.” – Victoria Beckham

 

2. “Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path. Unless you’re lost in the woods and you see a path, then, by all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

3. “The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. I believe you can only do this when you stop long enough to hear the whisper you might have drowned out, that small voice compelling you toward the kind of work you’d be willing to do even if you weren’t paid. Once you tune out the noise of your life and hear that call, you face the biggest challenge of all: to find the courage to seek out your big dream, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks.” – Oprah 

4. “Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.” – Uta Hagen

5. “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

6. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

7. “Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.” – Janet Jackson

8. “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.” – Marilyn Monroe

9. “There are two ways you can get through pain. You can let it destroy you, or you can use it as fuel to drive you: to dream bigger, work harder.” – Taylor Swift

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