9 Celebrity Quotes to Inspire Your Career in the New Year
Sometimes all the incentive you need is a little motivational typography. Inspirational quotes are so much more than just words on paper (or a screen), they're a vital pick-me-up or much-needed drive to push you into the next phase of your career or creative project. In the spirit of a fresh start with the New Year just around the corner, we rounded up the top career-related quotes from our most lauded celebrities in 2015. Scroll down for a few of our favorites and click on the quotes to read more.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are inimitable, not just in their chic globally lauded personal style, but in business too. The mini-moguls have risen above their celebrity–child star status to become well-respected business women in their own right. Their luxury clothing label, The Row, was crowned the Council of Fashion Designers of America womenswear designer of the year and is applauded by the fashion industry elite.
Diane von Furstenberg is one of the most iconic figures in fashion for a reason. Her success is more than just passion alone, she's not afraid of hard work and pushing beyond her comfort zones, but above all else, she exudes a fierce bravery and resilience that is truly admirable and endearing. But aside from her acute business acumen, she has a generosity of spirit that's won fans all over the world.
Amy Poehler is absolutely hilarious, but beyond her humour is a sharp wit and intelligence that has set a benchmark for girl bosses everywhere. Her Harvard University commencement address in 2011 was loaded with wisdom and the kind of advice that drives us all to be the best we possibly can be at anything we put our minds to. Thanks, Amy.
Actor Reese Witherspoon isn't afraid to speak out on the double standards in her industry. After she co-founded her production company, Pacific Standard, she was surprised by how few female leads were cast in Hollywood. At the Glamour Women of the Year awards, Witherspoon spoke out about the sexist behavior and how important it is for women to realize their inner power, to be ambitious, and to speak up now if they want to see real change.
She built a global beauty empire based on the philosophy "There are no homely women, only careless women." Her success was in helping those "careless women" believe they could become beautiful with a little help from her products. Lauder may have started with a dream, but only through her ambition, hard work, and perseverance did she realize her creative vision and become one of the wealthiest self-made women in America. Her incredible dynasty still lives and thrives today.
Renowned American feminist, social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer Gloria Steinem has insane drive and motivation. She has worked toward empowering women all over the world by fighting for equal rights, and this conviction to the cause can be applied to anything in life—particularly your career. Finding your passion is one thing, but executing it is where the real talent lies. Steinem has both.
Thanks to her Spice Girls fame, Victoria Beckham enjoyed worldwide success and celebrity status, but she never wanted that to define her. Her phenomenal achievement as a fashion designer comes down to hard work and determination, and she never let other people's expectations or labels hold her back. “For a long time there, I was a bit of a laughingstock,” she told Business of Fashion. “And while everybody was busy laughing, what was I doing? I was laying the foundation to what I have in place now.”
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