I love a good quote to help me focus on what’s important. One reason I enjoy reading posts from Tiny Buddha is that each post begins with an inspiring quote. Tiny Buddha is a site focused on themes such as kindness, compassion, mindfulness, selflessness, non-attachment, finding purpose, and pursuing one’s dreams. Good stuff.
However, when it comes to inspirational quotes about business and leadership, Tiny Buddha didn’t quite fit the bill. While searching for a website or blog post with a collection of business quotes, everything I found leaned heavily toward one gender. I’m sure you can guess which one.
In the spirit of gender equity, I’m sharing 14 of my favorite quotes –seven come from women and seven from men. Yes, women can be very inspiring and business savvy.
See for yourself.
Which person quoted once ran for Governor? That would be Arianna Huffington who, in 2003, ran as an independent for governor in the California recall election. She did not win.
Whose razor-sharp understanding led to the creation of a global empire built on the steel market? Indian born Lakshmi Mittal is currently the world’s second richest Indian after an uptick in steel prices and demand.
Which busy entrepreneur blogs about communication, content marketing, social media marketing, and life? Michele Ruiz is a communication specialist, a bilingual business woman, author, and keynote speaker whose passions she writes and speaks about in the media and on her website.
Which person quoted lived during the Age of Enlightenment? The answer is Charles de Montesquieu, born January 1689 in France. He was a lawyer and political philosopher.
Which person quoted sold a real estate business for $66 million in 2001? The answer is Barbara Corcoran. She sold her real estate business, the Corcoran Group, which she co-founded in 1973, to NRT Incorporated. She is a “Shark Tank” investor with more than 20 businesses and a net worth of more than $80 million.
Which business quote most inspires you?
Don’t see your favorite quote? Add it in the comments below!
Sheila Callaham is an author, motivational coach, and longtime communications and change management professional.