Inspiration September 15, 2017
"I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself."
Beyoncé Knowles has never needed an introduction. The singer is one of the most influential artists of our time. She was on Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world two years in a row. Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment in 2015. Her visual album “Lemonade” alone empowered women with the phrase “boy, bye.”
Clearly, she’s left a mark in the world.
From her album to helping victims of Hurrican Harvey, Beyoncé has turned into a symbol of female empowerment and hope. She does it all. I mean, she’s Beyoncé.
So, we compiled a list of our favorite Beyoncé quotes on feminism, women and empowerment to give you that boost of inspiration everyone needs from Beyoncé.
“Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.”
In a Billboard interview, Beyoncé was asked what power meant to her as an icon of female empowerment. She explained that it’s also about setting a good example and not abusing your power. The singer also said it’s about humility and leading by example and not fear.
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“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”
This quote came from an Interview magazine interview while Beyoncé was still in the group Destiny’s Child. When the group was asked how they talk to God, Beyoncé explained that she thanks God for her struggles, trials and tribulations because they made them who they are. From the words of Beyoncé, sometimes your struggles can help shape you.
“When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.”
This came from the same Interview magazine interview. When Beyoncé was asked her trick to not letting other people’s words make her depressed, she acknowledged that people who usually talk bad about other people are jealous or sad about themselves. So, be like Beyoncé, and don’t let the haters get you down.
“We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.”
In an interview with ABC, the artist spoke about sitting at home and eating a tub of ice cream on her days off. And while she still worries about maintaining her toned physique, she realizes that no one is perfect. If even Beyoncé says she’s not perfect, there’s no need to strive for perfection.
“I know I’m stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us.”
When the singer was on the cover of Marie Claire, in an interview, she spoke about the meaning behind the song “Single Ladies.” She said it’s more about celebrating being single. Beyoncé suggested that if things aren’t working for you, go out, put on your sexy dress, have fun and move on.
“I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically.”
In an interview with Elle, the artist talked about how playing R&B singer Etta James in the film “Cadillac” helped her scream and let go of everything she keeps bottled up. It’s important to think logical in times of frustration, but sometimes it’s okay to let go of everything too.
“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
GQ reported that when she broke off her financial relationship with her father, she didn’t want to take a backseat to men. As long as men don’t have financial power over women, they can’t control us.
“It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”
In an interview with Bazaar, Beyoncé talked about being at a point in her life where she’s no longer concerned with other people’s opinions about her life decisions. So, taking control of your life and taking care of yourself can be the healthiest way to live your life.
“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”
In an ABC feature, Beyoncé revealed how she got to where she is. So, sometimes betting on yourself can get you to places you never thought you could go.
Beyoncé must be doing something right to get to where she is today. Her life lessons are words that women should be carrying around with them every day. If you’re stuck in a rut, Queen Bey’s words are boosts of motivation.
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