Margaret Eby
November 19, 2014 2:49 pm

Today is the first official Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. What’s that you ask? It’s a total social movement and a day to celebrate female entrepreneurs and founders around this great bring world. It’s a day to support women and our awesome work as business leaders and entrepreneurs. As founder of the day Wendy Diamond said, “We will celebrate the unwavering positives that women entrepreneurs bring to the global economy as well as empower and support future generations.” The main event is taking place at the UN, but the day itself is being celebrated and honored around the globe.

With this exciting new holiday (it’s totally a holiday) on the calendar, it seems like a good time to stop and appreciate all the super-cool lady bosses out there who had a dream and made it happen. There’s a lot we can learn from the women at the top — the most important of which is, any single one of us can get there too. Here are some choice words of wisdom about success and just going for it, from women who followed their dreams and made incredible things happen. Now go out their and make something, you brilliant girl, you.

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

“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

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” –Melinda Gates

“When young people eager to start their own lives and careers ask me for advice I smile and always say: ‘Passion and persistence are what matter. Dreams are achievable and you can make your fantasy come true, but there are no shortcuts. Nothing happens without hard work.’ ” –Diane Von Furstenberg

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” –Oprah Winfrey

“If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” –Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!
“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” –Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” –Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal CEO
“It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.” –Weili Dai, Cofounder Marvell Technologies 

“The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. The moment you start being in love with what you’re doing, and thinking it’s beautiful or rich, then you’re in danger,” –Miuccia Prada
“I wake up every morning and I think to myself, ‘how far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?'” –Leah Busque, founder of Task Rabbit
“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” –Shonda Rhimes
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