To be a girlboss, to rock your business and to be strong women: this is the spirit of Bag Affair. Equality at the workplace and helping women to go beyond their dreams, these are core values of the brand.

And for this reason we would like to share our favourite girlboss motivational quotes with you!

Who is a girlboss?

When writing on this blog we did ask ourselves where the term girlboss comes from. Is this a new term only existing since the book from Sophia Amoruso? We did check the online dictionaries and found some less satisfying definitions. Urban dictionary for example defines girlboss like “girl youtubers and bloggers who get something for nothing by being all ‘girlboss’ and contacting brands for freebies”. This does not sound like Sophia or what you probably have in mind when hearing this word.

But we are happy to find as well definition of “a confident, capable woman who pursues her own ambitions instead of working for others or otherwise settling in life” in the Free Dictionary. This sounds much more like what we associate to this term.

And again this small example and quick research for a blog article shows us that we, the business women out here, need to do more to fight for equality! Like the word “bossy” girlboss easily gets a negative aspect, though just wanting to motivate. Men are the boss, women are “only” a girlboss or bossy. Ever wondered why there is no term of “boyboss” – right because men believe to be simple “a boss” from youngest age.

Our definition of a girlboss

But let’s get back to why we started: our 10 favourite quotes for every girlboss

1 to 5 are from the book #Girlboss from Sophia Amoruso- which we can hardly recommend to read! The following 5 have different authors which are mentioned. We hope you like them all!

1.     “There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”

Stand up when you fail and keep this in mind even before. There are a lot of women who do not start a business at all, who are afraid of being a girlboss. And this is wrong! Only if you try you can succeed. Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen? To fail, not to succeed, to have to start again? – OK and if this is the case, so what?

There is nothing bad in failure and if you pay attention what went wrong or why something did not work out as you imagined you can actually learn a lot. And next time you can avoid the error, you can do it better, become stronger and better!

2.     “Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams.”

When you start a business you need to work hard, really hard. You will work day and night, spend countless hours, and invest a lot of time and energy. But you need to learn to take time for yourself and to separate these moments from work.

When at work or on your office desk, work concentrated and non-stop. But when to take a break, pamper yourself and do not forget what is important for your personal well-being. Maybe to meet your friends, get a haircut or get your nails done- whatever makes you happy, be sure you take care of yourself.

3.     “It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.”

We cannot say this often enough: be yourself!

We believe that a little crazy is actually good. Being kind is perfect and if you want to be a girlboss, just be a girlboss.

We repeat ourselves so be whatever you want to be- do whatever you want to do.

4.     “Compete with yourself, not with others.”

Bag Affair is making laptop bags and accessories for business woman. Manufacturing and selling in the world of fashion. This is a market which is full of competition, brands and offers.

Though we do not compete with the other brands. We believe that everyone has the right to exists on a market, sell a product and do the business.

But we want to grow, get better and better. That for we always measure ourselves on what we did before. To measure yourself with other will never have a positive effect. Either you realize that others are better than you and you will be demotivated. Either you are ahead of them and will as result work less hard and long-term obtain less.

Competing with yourself can only push you to do more and better!

5.     “Clothing is ultimately the suit of armour in which we battle the world.”

Clothes are a way to communicate, a way to express ourselves and to show who we are. This is why it is important to dress according to your message. If being a girlboss, dress like one. Show that you are not afraid to stand in front of people and show them who you are.

Of course the matching business bag is a must!

6.     “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo

You need to stay in track, keep in mind what you wanted to reach and work on it again and again. If you think about starting your business, you can definitely just spend one or two hours each evening to work on the concept and business plan. Like that you can still work during the day. And you will see that if you do this consistent you will still reach your goal!

7.     “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

Don’t care how they will call you or what is said behind your back. If you have success there always are jealous people. And if you can manage job and start-up, baby and business, or just reach quickly a better position in your job, there will always be some envious persons. We are proud to say that we are a girlboss and do not mind the thoughts of others.

8.     “Girl power is almost more powerful and more special than anything we are competing for.” – Selena Gomez

Women did reach so much in history, but often this is forgotten. It have been women you did build up the economies after war and we believe this is at least as worthy as fighting. Women made incredible inventions and science discoveries, but women have one weakness: they are calm. While male colleagues will talk loudly about what they reached, women will be silent and not shout it out. Change this- you deserve some glory of being an amazing business woman!

9.     “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

Right she is, go for it. Don’t set yourself limits but reach the sky. Women are strong, women are the boss and women are so creative in the way to do things. So if you have an idea in mind, a business, a project, some goal to reach: Go for it!

10.  “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey

Do whatever makes you happy!

Start your business!

Ask for a raise of salary!

Reach the new position!

Make your move, create your invention, start you project!