Powerful Women on Confidence

By McKenzie Schwark
Powerful Women on Confidence

When a woman becomes a famous CEO, an award-winning actress, or even a First Lady, at some point she’ll be asked in an interview “How did you get so confident?” It’s no wonder we want to learn their secrets, and luckily the advice can be applied even if you aren’t looking to become a world-renowned pop star. Here are some of our favorite women on confidence: How to get it, how to keep it, and how it can change your life.

“Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion — just thinking foolishly that you will be able to do what you want to do.” — Tina Fey

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every time I create something, I feel it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I might experience self-doubt in the process, but once I’ve finished, I feel very confident. I still have that childlike wonder.” — Alicia Keys

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”  — Louisa May Alcott

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” — Tina Fey

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” — Sally Field

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” — Jodi Picoult

“I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to … you have to laugh, especially at yourself.” ― Madonna

“Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” — Michelle Obama

“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” — Nora Roberts

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”  — Blake Lively

“If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.”  — Katy Perry

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”  — Oprah Winfrey

“I have a confidence about my life that comes from standing tall on my own two feet.”  — Jane Fonda

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”  — Brené Brown

“I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your own.” — Jessie J

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” — Marianne Williamson

“I think confidence does come with time, and I’ve been really surprised by that, actually.”  — Kate Winslet

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt