2018 has just begun and you (like a good 60% of the world) may be on your toes planning every step you want to take this year to reach your goals. The beginning of the year gives life to so much hope and enthusiasm in us but somehow, along the way, we lose proaction and nothing ever really changes. We stop taking steps to move forward because things get too hard or we put things off because we think we can afford to — when we can’t.
Sometimes we need to look to something or someone to remind us why we set our goals and to show us that the challenges we’re experiencing are nothing to prohibit us from reaching the success we planned for ourselves. These ladies are successful in their own rights and have some knowledge to impart on us to aid us in making 2018 (and beyond) a success.
ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: on dreaming
The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.
SERENA WILLIAMS: on momentum/being hungry
I can’t become satisfied, because if I get satisfied, I’ll be like, ‘oh, I’ve won Wimbledon, I’ve won the US Open. Now can I relax.’ But now people are really going to be fighting to beat me.
SHONDA RHIMES: on being proactive
You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day, so start writing. You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job. Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Go to work. Do something until you can do something else
JULIANA ROTICH: on guidance
I am guided each day by these three questions: ‘What are you fixing?’ ‘What are you making?’ and ‘Who are you helping?
AMAL CLOONEY: on challenging yourself
If you are a lawyer, and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something. You’d have a very high rate of success, and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that’s not what drives me.
BOZOMA SAINT JOHN: on being competitive
I am very competitive — with myself and everybody else. I’m petty, too. Don’t get it twisted. I do things just so I can beat yo’ ass. I’m always trying to do things better than I’ve done them before, do them faster than I’ve done them before.
KOFO AKINKUGBE: on creativity
We need to create an environment that would drive creativity. Do not be afraid to test new things. We must be creative, ensuring we are a step ahead of competition.
AVA DUVERNAY: on limitations
Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations then you’ll be limited.
OPRAH WINFREY: on failure
You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures, but, I’ve learned that failure is really God’s way of saying “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction”. It’s just an experience.
ETHEL COFIE: on criticism
Don’t be afraid of criticism, research shows that in cases of men and women with the same type ‘A’ personalities, a man will always be seen as a go-getter and ambitious and the woman will be seen as bitchy and loud; understand it and move on.
ANNA WINTOUR: on communication
In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face, you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.
MARY KAY ASH: on having the right mindset
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
MICHELLE OBAMA: on being confident
Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
KRIS JENNER: on being hands on
I like everything a certain way. I’m not somebody who can just lay back and let it happen. That’s never going to happen for me. And I think that’s what’s gotten me to where I am in life, at the same time. I can’t turn it on and off.
J.K ROWLING: on survival
Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes
BEYONCE KNOWLES-CARTER: on being your biggest cheerleader
I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself
ZENDAYA COLEMAN: on sticking to your guns
I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody… including myself
NAOMI CAMPBELL: on dealing with adversity
I don’t get depressed. When I feel an attack I withdraw. I disappear. I replenish. And then I come back.