These People All Turned Nothing Into Very Huge Somethings. Let Their Words Inspire You To Do The Same.

"I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it."

Many of us have aspirations that might seem to exceed our capabilities, but looking to those who overcame similar obstacles can be a great source of inspiration for anyone trying to live their best life. And those famous businesspeople, entertainers, innovators, and designers you love so much all had to start somewhere. To turn their big dreams into realities, they made sacrifices, took risks, and fought for what they believed in. They may have faced a lot of rejection, but ultimately persevered and lived out their passions.

Check out these quotes from people who chased their dreams and turned them into amazing realities.



1. Estée Lauder

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"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." — Estée Lauder, Founder of Estée Lauder 

Fun fact: Lauder started out by helping her chemist uncle sell face creams and perfumes. 

2. Oprah Winfrey

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Everett Collection / Shutterstock

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it." — Oprah Winfrey, TV Mogul and Host 

Fun fact: There was a time when Winfrey couldn't afford soup. Now, she is a philanthropist and one of the most inspiring people of her generation.

3. Bill Gates

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Paolo Bona / Shutterstock

"It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." — Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder 

Fun fact: Gates first showed an interest in computer programming at 13 years old.

4. Walt Disney

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 GongTo / Shutterstock

"Why worry? If you've done the best you can, worrying won't make it any better." — Walt Disney, Film Producer and Animator 

Fun fact: In 1937, Walt Disney Studios released its first fully animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.



5. Steve Jobs

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Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become." — Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder and Inventor 

Fun fact: Jobs started Apple with Steve Wozniak when he was just 21.

6. Coco Chanel

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 Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock

"Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door." — Coco Chanel, Chanel Designer 

Fun fact: Chanel reportedly lived in poverty during her childhood and spent time in an orphanage.

7. Bobbi Brown

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 Sorbis / Shutterstock

"Work hard, but smart

Be nice

Be fearless

Never stop learning

Stay positive

Keep on reading

Surround yourself with great people

Be grateful

Be open

Have fun" — Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Brown Founder 

Fun fact: Brown sold 100 lipsticks on her first day of business.

8. Mark Zuckerberg

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"The biggest risk is not taking any risk." — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder 

Fun fact: Zuckerberg created Facebook in his college dorm room, then dropped out of school to focus on the company.

9. Madam C.J. Walker

 "Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them." — Madam C.J. Walker, Civil Rights Activist and Inventor

Fun fact: Walker was known as the first Black female millionaire after she launched her haircare line in 1905. In fact, she was the first American woman of any race to be a self-made millionaire. 

10. Tory Burch

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Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock

"If it doesn't scare you, you're probably not dreaming big enough." — Tory Burch, Tory Burch CEO and Founder 

Fun fact: Burch launched her brand in 2004.

11. Warren Buffett

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 Krista Kennell / Shutterstock

"It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you'll drift in that direction." — Warren Buffett, Investor and Business Magnate 

Fun fact: Buffett bought his first stock at 11.

12. George Foreman

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Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock

 "You can achieve whatever you want." — George Foreman, George Foreman Founder

Fun fact: Foreman was the oldest heavyweight champion before he launched his company.

13. Sara Blakely

"Embrace what you don't know, especially in the beginning, because what you don't know can become your greatest asset." — Sara Blakely, Spanx Founder 

Fun fact: Blakely earned a Forbes cover in 2012 for being the youngest female self-made billionaire.

14. Arianna Huffington

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drserg / Shutterstock

"Right now success is defined in terms of two metrics: money and power. But it is like a two-legged stool, at some point you'll fall off of it." — Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief 

Fun fact: Huffington has written 13 books.

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