OK...this post was originally written for my company Femmespire Media like 3 years ago, but after rereading old posts on that website, I decided to share it here as well. I was looking for an inspirational quote to share on www.tiffanygrandmedia.com and my social media pages (@tiffanygmedia) and could not pick just one. So, here they are, in no particular order. Some of the best, empowering, most inspiring quotes (in my opinion) from the talented, hardworking, Shonda Rhimes.
F.Y.I. I don't care if this show is off the air now, these quotes are still like gold and encourage and empower me to this day. So I hope they will help you as well. Life is too short to not spend it doing what sets your soul on fire, so listen to mama Shonda and do what you need to do to focus and pursue your dreams. Especially if you are a writer like me. I know I will be...
1.) “I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart. I am talented. I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”
2.) “You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day. So, start writing. You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job. Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Go to work. Do something until you can do something else.”
3.) “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone else. And don’t give a damn what anyone thinks.”
4.) “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”
5.) “Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. The guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”
6.) “Ditch the dream and be a doer.”
7.) “Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new.”
8.) “A lot of people dream, and while they are busy dreaming, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people are busy doing.”
9.) “The only limit to your success is your own imagination.”
10.) “Dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.”
So, listen to Shonda. You have greatness inside of you. Believe it. If you have a dream in your heart, don’t just dream it. Work hard and go for it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Don’t worry about what other people think. Don’t limit yourself. Create the life you want. Don’t wait for doors to open for you. Work hard and make it happen for yourself. You CAN live whatever life you long for in your heart. Be a doer, not just a dreamer. And most importantly, be like Shonda and believe in yourself. That no matter how your life may look and feel right now, you are indeed... a Badass.