A businessperson is someone who works in business. An entrepreneur is someone who becomes the leader of a business and takes risks to achieve true success with goals higher than just making a profit.
Extremely successful and powerful in the business industry, these women are a few great examples that prove entrepreneurship is not a job meant strictly for men.
Coco Chanel: Be Unique
“In order to be irreplaceable one must be unique” – Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel is known for starting new fashion trends for women, shocking people with her unique style. She then became one of the greatest fashion designers of all time.
Chanel shows us the key to success is not just following the crowd out of fear that you won’t be accepted. Being successful comes from being who you are, not trying to become someone else.
Create your own style and, in the process, your own future.
Sara Blakely: Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
Founder and Owner of Spanx
“…failure is not the outcome–failure is not trying.” – Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely failed often in her life as she put herself out there and wasn’t afraid to try different things.
Her lack of fear of failure eventually made her into a billionaire after investing all she had ($5000) into creating the famous body shapers, Spanx.
Failing means that you tried. It’s okay to fail, but it’s never okay to stop trying. You will never get anywhere with your life if you live in fear that it won’t turn out the way you planned.
Just go out and try it and if it doesn’t work, try something else!
Tory Burch: Follow Your Passion
Owner and CEO of fashion brand Tory Burch
“You have to be tenacious and you have to find your passion. And I think once you do that, it has this effect where it continues the momentum.” – Tory Burch
Tory Burch became a success by following what she loved, doing what she loved to do.
This is important on the road to being a successful entrepreneur, or successful at anything. If your heart is not in it then it’s going to be a much tougher journey that is lacking in motivation and happiness.
Clara Barton: Determination
Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Clara Barton, a heroine around the time of the Civil War, faced ridicule for being a working woman.
However, the criticism she faced didn’t even slow her down as she worked hard as a teacher, Civil War aid, nurse, and runner of the War Department.
After her idea of starting the American Red Cross was rejected and deemed unnecessary, she continued to push it and finally was able to get it started. Today, the American Red Cross has helped a countless number of people.
Stay determined throughout your journey, even when the road gets tough and you are looked down upon or rejected. Don’t let other people discourage you from your ideas if it’s something you believe in.
Arianna Huffington: Don’t Be Afraid To Have A Support Group
Journalist, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post
“What’s important, is the combination of whomever it is that helps us connect with ourselves, our mission and passion.” – Arianna Huffington
To Arianna Huffington, it is important to have people around to support her in what she does. For her, these people are her mother and her sister, but it can be anyone that you trust and that is there for you, encouraging you in your life trials.
Having people that love and support you by your side does not mean you are weak. Being able to admit that you would be better off with help from others is a strength.
Accepting help doesn’t mean that you couldn’t make it on your own, but there is nothing wrong with making things easier for yourself by getting support from trusted companions.
Beyoncé: Connecting with People
Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, businesswoman
“If you live your life with kindness and giving other people great energy, that beauty and great energy comes back to you” – Beyoncé.
Beyoncé has been very successful at making a connection with her fans, especially through social media. This is very important for an entrepreneur because if you don’t have a following, you don’t have a business.
Making connections with people on a personal level can do wonders for your success as a business.
People want to buy things from people they can relate to and have made a good connection with. Business success comes from appealing to customers and reaching them with your message and product.
Diane von Fürstenberg: Being Confident
“Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” – Diane von Fürstenberg
A key to Diane von Fürstenberg’s success is her confidence in what she had to offer the world.
She believed in the innovative clothes she designed for women, and this confidence was projected onto prospective buyers who believed they could be confident in these clothes too. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, no one else is going to have confidence in you either.
Oprah Winfrey: Stay Positive
Former host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, Chairwoman, CEO, and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, actress, and author
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey’s positivity throughout her life and while pursuing her dreams kept her strong and driven even when things didn’t work out the way she intended them to.
Now she is known for starting her own talk show that became the highest rated of its category. This kind of attitude towards life is important for achieving success in an industry where you will likely come across many bumps in the road and people trying to stop you from winning.
Rashmi Sinha: Be Independent
Co-Founder and CEO at Slideshare
“I did not particularly set out to be an entrepreneur or dream of it. However, I always wanted to do something that would drive myself to be independent and do things my own way.” – Rashmi Sinha
Rashmi Sinha’s drive to be independent formed her into a leader and she is now an important part of one of the most popular websites of its area, Slideshare.
It is important to be independent and get things done yourself rather than just relying on others. You can’t expect things to happen for you, you have to make them happen. However, being independent doesn’t mean rejecting help from others.
There is nothing wrong with having trusted employees and supporters helping you reach your goals. However, don’t rely on others to achieve your dreams for you and then be lost if they don’t come through for you.
Zhang Xin: Have A Life Outside of Work
Co-founder and CEO of SOHO China
“I’m very, very focused on my children. In fact, I’m very religious about having breakfast with them every morning, having dinner with them every evening, and spend all the weekends with them that I don’t work. So as long as I’m not traveling, I’m always with them and I go to their soccer and tennis matches.” – Zhang Xin
Zhang Xin made her success in the largest commercial real estate developer in Beijing. She has dedicated a lot of time to her career and getting to where she is today. However, she makes a point of not letting her work take up her entire life.
It is very important to her that she has a life at home and takes time for her family and for herself.
Giving yourself a break from work in this way and having something to look forward to outside of work is very important for keeping up your mental health, happiness, and ability to work hard.
Who’s inspired you to follow your dreams and change the world?