Raising Entrepreneurial Girls


Worthy advice from inspiring role models to help your girl build her confidence

 Confidence! One of the best accessories a girl can wear. And more often than not, raising confident, capable girls starts at home. When you provide opportunities for your girl to use her voice and discover interests, she learns to stand up for herself and go after her dream, whether it’s an entrepreneurial one or an entirely new path. Besides your positive influence, you can also share uplifting words of advice from various role models. Like the ones below, motivational quotes can make a difference and inspire your girl to be her own biggest fan. Slip your favorite quote into her lunch box or post it on your refrigerator.


“Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any person’s opinion move you. Listen, but be confident.”

― Amanda Kahlow, founder of 6Sense, Inc.

You can help your girl understand that staying true to herself means standing up for her values and beliefs and matching these with her actions. A healthy self-esteem also provides your girl with the strength to be receptive to feedback yet not give in to other people’s expectations.


“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

― Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire and entrepreneur

Your girl’s confidence can spark her entrepreneurial spirit and give her the strength to seek out new opportunities everywhere.


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, diplomat, and activist

Confidence teaches your girl how to embrace her fears and gain comfort with risk and failure so she can approach all kinds of situations with hope.


“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

― Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian

An empowered girl forges the path she chooses for herself and knows when it’s time to course-correct when needed.


“It is not about being the ‘first’ or the ‘only.’ It’s about creating a pathway for the girls coming up.”

Justine Siegal Ph.D., first female coach of a professional men’s baseball team and founder of Baseball For All

A capable girl knows that her voice matters. She also knows that she has what it takes to support other girls and their dreams.


“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist⸺while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!”

― Lori Greiner, inventor, entrepreneur, and an investor on reality TV shows, Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank

A confident girl is comfortable chasing after different kinds of opportunities and doing things her way.


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” Marissa Mayer, former President and CEO of Yahoo!, entrepreneur, and investor

Greater tolerance for risk and failure helps your girl push beyond her comfort levels and break through self-imposed limitations that hold her back.


“Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings.” — Melissa Marchonna, Senior Director of Social Media at Major League Soccer.

A self-assured girl knows she can be anyone she wants to be and accomplish anything she wants to achieve.


“Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

― Oprah Winfrey, television personality, actress, and entrepreneur

A strong, capable girl learns from every disappointment and sees the connection between failure and success.


“If you are one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.”

― Reese Witherspoon, actress, producer, and entrepreneur

A girl with a high level of confidence trusts life’s process, perseveres, and persists until she lives up to her full potential.


“You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org

Confidence gives your girl the ability to brush herself off and get back up after any setback.


Hopefully, your girl reads this collection of quotes and applies the takeaways to her real-life situations. These sayings also act as reminders that it’s perfectly OK to take intelligent risks, face fears, and break out of one’s comfort zone. Fortunately, confidence is contagious. Your girl can model your behavior, and at the same time, get inspiration from other confident people, like the many young girl entrepreneurs we know and admire. These girl CEOs show up every day, harness the power of self-belief, encourage fellow girlpreneurs, and do the things they love. And, of course, we want the same for your girl, whatever path she confidently chooses for herself.

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