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Happy Women’s Entrepreneurship Day! The unique celebration that is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is set aside to recognise and honour women entrepreneurs across the globe. Held annually on November 19th, its inaugural event was held in New York City in 2014 at the United Nations, with additional events being held simultaneously in several other countries. A total of 144 nations recognize WED officially. We have compiled a list of our favourite inspirational quotes from top women CEOs for all our female readers on the grind – budding, aspiring or established. Be inspired! 1. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics 2. “I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.” The famous makeup entrepreneur knows that no matter what product or service you have, it needs to be sold. There is no such thing as an entrepreneur with no selling skills. – Estee Lauder, Founder, Estee Lauder Cosmetics 3. “Stay true to yourself, stay true to what you are trying to achieve, otherwise you get distracted. Side comments, how people think you should do things, and I think that everyone wants to hear their own voice so you need to stay true to yourself.” – Tara Durotoye, Founder, House of Tara Cosmetics 4. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran, Real estate magnate and ‘Shark Tank’ investor 5. “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything….What I write is instinctively positive….It irritates me that people criticize but don’t do anything. “ – Uche Pedro, Founder, 6. “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, Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 7. “Push more! You have to grab things and be persistent . Don’t take things personally. Rejection is part of the game, just keeping pushing. Don’t give up.’ – Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, Founder, Wecyclers 8. “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.” – Kofo Akinkugbe, Founder, SecureID 9. “Failure is necessary for any learning curve. Failure makes you stronger, bolder, and less scared of taking risks.” – Nkemdirim Begho, Founder, Future Software Resources Ltd.   Rule your world, ladies!  

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This article was first published on 19th November 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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