15 Rules For Success From Influential Black Women That Every Black Girl Should Know

We all have dreams we’d like to become reality and goals we want to achieve. Here are 15 women that have done the work. Of each, I’ve included one of the rules they live by to get there. Use these as guides to help you along the way. Begin to develop your own and inspire others.

 1. Find Who You Are

“Don’t be so worried about who everyone else around you is or what people you you should be like, or act like, or think like. Really try to find that out for yourself, and figure our what resonates with you.” – Alicia Keys (Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Actress)

2. Clarify Your Vision

“Know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you’re doing it day by day, moment by moment.” – Iyanla Vanzant (Lawyer, Life Coach, Author)

3. Stay On Your Own Path

“Do whats right for you. You can’t compare your insides with somebody else’s outsides because you never know what’s going on  for somebody else really.” – Kerry Washington (Emmy Nominated Actress)

4. Don’t Ask For Permission

“We need to work without permission…….who are we asking permission to do what we want to do, that should be eradicated. You need to set a path and start walking. Once you get out of your mind that you have to ask anyone to do what you want to do, you’ll be better off for it.” – Ava Duvernay (American Director, Screen-Writer)

5. Always Do Your Best

“Nobody knows that when you come to the race, you don’t come with the same set of tools as everyone else, that even when you come in to the race with a deficit you still have to run the same race.”- Viola Davis (Producer, Stage, Screen, and Television Actress)

6. Break Boundaries

“Break those boundaries, and break out of those boxes that we create for ourselves, and others create for us…….. Be fearless, be relentless.” – Jada Pinkett-Smith (Actress, Dancer, Businesswoman)

7. Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

“You gotta be open to taking some risks and know that we all got here because somebody helped us.” – Michelle Obama (Lawyer, Writer, 1st African-American First Lady)

8. Never Give Up

“Never give up because you never know what can happen, you never know who you can inspire, and who you can influence.” – Serena Williams (No.1 Singles Women Tennis Player)

9. Seize Your Opportunity

“The truth is for me and for every person, every single thing that has ever happened in  your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come.” – Oprah Winfrey ( Media Mogul)

10. Always Be Creative

“It gives you confidence to, and the feeling that you can  accomplish anything. Creativity can’t be Judged, so it is great for self-esteem.” – Beyonce (Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Businesswoman)

11. Be Passionate

“I think it’s important to be passionate about what you do, but know it doesn’t come without hard work, success doesn’t come without sacrifice. And it’s a beautiful thing when you put all that work into what your passionate about, and can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.” – Misty Copeland (American Ballet Dancer, Public Speaker)

12. Ignore Your Fears

“There’s a moment when there’s a fear that arises and I check it…….faith and fear can not live together.” – Taraji P. Henson (Golden Globe Winning Actress)

13. Keep Growing

“For me that’s the most important thing, just making sure that overtime you do something you do it better than you did it before.” – Rihanna (Singer and Songwriter)

14. Be Fulfilled

“When you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life……Anyone who tells you that they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.” – Shonda Rhimes (Television Producer and Writer)

15. Love The Work

“It’s not really about the accolades, those will come. But the work, when you feel like “I nailed that,” and you go to sleep that night feeling like, Wow!” – Queen Latifah (Rapper, Singer,Actress, Businesswoman)


What rules do you follow for success in life? Which one is your personal favorite? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Post By: T.Carter