One of the most powerful women in Hollywood, certainly one of the most talented, Ellen DeGeneres is no stranger to struggle or success. If you are familiar with her talk show you know that people are inspired by her--even in awe of her. Her gifts don't stop at comedy; the Emmy Award winning talk show host is a real estate mogul, producer, writer, and entrepreneur. In 2016, she was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil honor.

Who better to inspire entrepreneurs than a woman who stops at nothing to make the world a better place?

On Failure

"When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important."

"It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success."

"It's hard to understand failure when you're going through it, but in the grand scheme of things, it's good to fall down--not because you're drunk and not near stairs."

On Perseverance

"Though you feel you're not where you're supposed to be, you shouldn't worry because that next turn that you take, it will lead you to where you wanna go."

"You just have to keep driving down the road. It's going to bend and curve and you'll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going."

"It's our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique. And that's what I know for sure... I think."

"Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.Anger and aggression weaken you because they take so much energy to hold in place, but kindness is a strength [that] makes you more serene."

"Don't hold onto things, it will only bring you pain."

On Passion

"Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that."

"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come."

"I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose... When you connect with that love and that compassion, that's when everything unfolds."

"I say always follow your passion, no matter what, because even if it's not the same financial success, it'll lead you to the money that'll make you the happiest."

"The reason I do what I do is because I was influenced by Steve Martin, by Woody Allen, by Bob Newhart, by Carol Burnett, by Lucille Ball."

On Balance

"My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada."

"My life is perfect--even when it's not."

"Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts."

"I think there's too much multi-tasking going on. I think people need to quiet down and focus and be still more."

"I'm glad I'm funny. I'm glad I make people happy because that's very important. But I'm most proud to be known as a kind person...Because kindness spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there."

On Confidence

"Do you feel insecure because you keep getting the nagging feeling that you're not that smart? Well, I've got good news for you, my friend. You have no need to be insecure. That nagging feeling is absolutely right on target. You are not that smart. But I have more good news for you. You are also not alone."

"You're never too old to play. You're only too old for low-rise jeans."

"When we were growing up our parents somehow made it clear that being famous was good. And I mistakenly thought that if I was famous then everyone would love me."

"I used to beat myself up about weight and working out, and no matter what I did I never felt good about myself. I decided to accept myself and know that I am good."

"Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. Then, by all means, follow that path."

Published on: Aug 28, 2017
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