You don’t need to be Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama or Sheryl Sandberg to be an inspirational, trailblazing woman. The climb to the top can be tough for anyone, but women experience a unique set of challenges in their upward journey.

Luckily, women are resilient. Whether you are following the footsteps of those who have gone before you or forging your own path, finding the unique mix of external and internal motivation can push you to reach new heights in your personal as well as professional life.

In this issue of FLOORS in Africa magazine, we would like to honour the women in the flooring industry who are working tirelessly to carve out a meaningful place in the world. Whether you are paving the way for other women, inventing revolutionary products, changing the way customer service is undertaken within your business or simply continuing to find a good work-life balance that works for you – we salute you!

We’ve rounded up some inspiring quotes by noteworthy and remarkable authors, politicians, business leaders, entertainers and activists to inspire you.

“You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” – Tina Fey, actress, comedian, writer and producer

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr, actress, comedian, writer and television producer

“As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.” – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand, novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter

“Do not wait on a leader… look in the mirror, it’s you!” – Katherine Miracle, award-winning public speaker

“Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” – Marissa Meyer, CEO, Yahoo!

“As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” – Himanshu Bhatia, Founder and CEO, Rose International.

“Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished.” – Lisa Cash Hanson, Snuggwugg CEO

“Your job as leader is to stay as close in touch as possible with those closest to the action.” – Kat Cole, president, Focus Brands

“If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times, obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps, but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.” – Candice Carpenter Olson, Co-CEO, Fullbridge

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Our publication would also like to applaud the men who continue to support women in the industry. Men in power seats, who consistently root for their female peers, play a key role in leveling the playing field and supporting women in their careers.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.inc.com, www.lifehack.org, www.entrepreneur.org and www.business.com for some of the information contained in this article.

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