Inspirational Quotes from The NextWomen DWEN Interview Series

As the fabulous The NextWomen DWEN Interview Series draws near its close, we'll be bringing you some of our favourite gems of wisdom from the series, focusing on certain key subjects. Today we bring you the series' most inspirational quotes.

"As a start-up entrepreneur you have to prove why someone should pay attention to you – whether it’s a customer, prospective employee, banker, investor or business partner.

"But I think the payoff for that downside comes very quickly with the huge sense of accomplishment, gratification and adrenalin rush that making things happen all on your own brings. And ... it’s great to feel that you can be master of your own destiny."

Shoba Purushothaman, Serial Entrepreneur & Co-founder, Training Ventures (India)


"If you become an entrepreneur that’s because you see something that you think that you can do better than anybody else and that needs to be changed. The state of the planet needs to be changed more than anything else in the world unless we want to sacrifice our children. I cannot accept that. So I reach out to all my fellow CEOs and people in media and communications to make a change. I think that we’ve seen that politics will not be able to fix the problem so it is really and totally up to us.

"Everybody who runs a company can make decisions much faster than any political leader. The 500 biggest multinational corporations in the world control 53,8% of the world gross domestic product.

"And thus are actually pretty much the “masters of the universe”. If only one of this corporation changes a little bit, the change is massive. And I don’t think of environmental issues alone, I really think in terms of sustainability, corporations have a lot of social issues to address and they better should because the customers expect that".

Claudia Langer, Founder & CEO, Utopia AG


"I am a big advocate of personal development and taking responsibility for our lives. I have, for the last 20 years, surrounded myself with people who ask more of me than I would ask of myself - mentors, personal trainers, other business women.

"I believe that we become a product of the thoughts we think and the people we surround ourselves with. So, my recommendation is to be very deliberate in your choice of what you consume (whether it's media, books, information) and to choose your people very consciously.

"If you're in a funk - take a look at who and what is around you. Of course, take responsibility for what you can do about it without laying blame".

Suzi Dafnis, Community Director, Australian Business Women's Network


"There are few things more satisfying in the world than to create good jobs and treat people well every day. And my employees give me so much back in return.  If you want to change the world, create jobs".

Rhonda Abrams, 'USA Today' Small Business Columnist & President, PlanningShop


"As an entrepreneur you are always busy doing things, meeting people, trying to co-ordinate your private and business life. Take a 5 minute break every day and ask yourself two questions: Does what you are doing today help grow your business? Do you still like what you do? If the answers are yes, go for it and believe in yourself, your team and your business".

Sabine Irrgang, Co-Founder Gofresh & One of Top 50 Women in Mobile Content


"I think of my daughters as adults, and want their world to be one where separate gender categories aren’t even applicable—just people pursuing their passions and building their businesses".

Lili Hall, Founder, President & CEO KNOCK Inc


"Be Bold. Think big.

"Life is full of decisions to make. Be fearless if you want to advance. Take risks to the limit you can tolerate, and you’ll be amazed with how far you’ll go".

Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Networks


"I want to encourage people to be curious. The world is so exciting and it is moving fast. In order to contribute, innovate and lead you need to be curious, dig, study and observe. Be open to new ideas. Not only is it our job to meet our clients' needs, it is our responsibility to evolve our industry and move our clients' business forward".

Lili Hall, Founder, President & CEO KNOCK Inc


"Pay it forward.  We have a huge opportunity as women to foster female entrepreneurship.  I feel particularly passionate about this in the technology space which is currently so male-dominated". 

Catherine Graham, Co-Founder Commonsku & Managing Director RIGHTSLEEVE


"I can't say this enough: Do what you love and just do it.

"There are many people who are not even that good at what they do and still succeed, because they have one important advantage: They do it! They get out there and try, then listen, revise, and do it again. So do it and be stubborn".

Nora Abousteit: Co-Founder BurdaStyle & Founder Kollabora


"I’m not a motto person. I believe in sincerity and sustainability. And gratefulness for all the good things which happen to me in life".

Sabine Irrgang, Co-Founder Gofresh & One of Top 50 Women in Mobile Content


"Maya Angelou famously said ‘I’ve learnt that making a living is not the same thing as making a life’.  I can’t sum it up better than that".

Alex Butler, Founder KindredHQ


"If my children would want to become entrepreneurs, it would make me very happy as this would show me that they grew up believing that they can make a difference, that they have something unique about them and that they can shape the world around them.

"Most certainly the only advice I would give them is to never forget your work-life-balance. For me it has been an ongoing battle and really not easy. But why become an entrepreneur if you are not independent and free".

Claudia Langer, Founder & CEO, Utopia AG


"If you look at one of the major challenges facing many economies around the world today, it’s creating sufficient jobs. All statistics point to the fact that jobs aren’t going to suddenly reappear and indeed, may be lost forever.

"That’s why I believe that entrepreneurship has the potential to be the defining movement of the 21st century in the business world.

"With technology and globalization removing borders, there’s truly never been a better time to take an entrepreneurial path".

Shoba Purushothaman, Serial Entrepreneur & Co-founder, Training Ventures (India)

The Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) celebrates the wonderful accomplishments of women in business, whilst looking forward at how we can progress and learn from each other. Natural networkers and relationship builders, women have innate flair for entrepreneurship. With DWEN, Dell is helping women in business to expand their networks while offering technology capabilities designed to help them innovate and grow their businesses.

The NextWomen is in partnership with DWEN to bring you a series of 40 interviews with the world's most influential female founders, investors and decision makers: The NextWomen DWEN Interview Series.

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