Everyone has been scared of something in their professional or personal life. For me, when I need some motivation, I take note from great leaders. Below are some quotes to inspire you when fear is hindering you from achieving your goals:

“When you realize it’s your responsibility to be a leader and create the world you want to see, you have to do it.” — Janelle Monáe

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

“Always be true to yourself, and never let what someone else says distract you from your goals.” — Michelle Obama

“Anything’s possible if you have enough nerve.” — JK Rowling

“I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew what kind of woman I wanted to be.” — Diane von Fürstenberg

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” — Marilyn Monroe

Life can be tough, but we are tougher. When you are down and need motivation, read about the people mentioned above. Some of them struggled to achieve the success they have now.

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Before publishing Harry Potter, JK Rowling found herself with no job, a baby, and no husband (thanks to a divorce). She was told “no” 12 times before a publisher picked up Harry Potter. She was feeling alone and struggled with depression. I can’t imagine the fear and anxiety she had during that phase of her life, but she never gave up.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison after working on civil rights in South Africa. He tried to make things better for the people around him, but instead he had to live for nearly 30 years in a prison cell.

When you are struggling with a life choice or a major decision, look at the quotes above and remember, everything will work out if you have the courage to believe in yourself.

What are your favorite quotes when you are feeling down? Did any of the quotes above resonate with you?