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Looking for some motivation to get inspired? Look no further than these 10 quotes from some of the world’s most powerful women.

“Raise your hand, take risks, and don’t fear failure—it’s one of the biggest impediments to success.”

Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte

“Be prepared to spot growth opportunities when they present themselves—because they are the key learning opportunities. You’ll know because they make you uncomfortable, and your initial impulse may be that you’re not ready. But remember: Growth and comfort never co-exist.”

Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

“Someone asked me what the most successful quality I think I have is I’m pretty gritty. You can work through most things and come out on the other side feeling like you’ve learned a good lesson and you’ll get better.”

Amy Hood, CFO of Microsoft

“Speak up. Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind or ask for what you want.”

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

“Work hard and seek out incredible experiences – don’t be afraid to take a step back to learn from an experience that will help your career path.”

Amy Hood, CFO of Beatriz Perez, Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola Microsoft

No one ever achieved anything without ambition, but you won’t finish something without a lot of hard work. Essentially, being clear on what you want and being persistent so that you can take control of the situation are both key to success”

Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C 

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

Oprah Winfrey, Media proprietor

“We all need someone around who motivates us, but if you don’t motivate yourself then you’re never going to get there. Nothing is ever going to be easy – or everyone would be doing it. But you’ve got to have that passion and determination to start with.”

Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo

“If you do every job like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, that’s when you get noticed.”

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company

“Learn to unitask again. You are at you most effective when you’re only doing one thing at a time”

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post

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