44 Quotes from Girl, Stop Apologizing book by Rachel Hollis

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis.

Girl, Stop Apoligizing identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

Introduction Quotes

When you understand that you don't have to justify your dreams to anyone else for any reason, that's the day you truly begin to step into who you're meant to be. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

Have you ever considered how much of your current life is truly made up of your choices and which areas are really just the things that were expected of you? - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

As women, we've [...] had a lifetime of believing that our value lies primarily in our ability to make other people happy. We are afraid of so many things when it comes to our dreams, but the biggest fear is of being judged for having them in the first place. I call BS. It's about time someone did. I call BS to that lie in my own life, and I absolutely call it on your behalf as well. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

You were made to have the dreams you're afraid of having. You were made to do the things you don't think you're qualified for. You were made to be a leader. You were made to contribute. You were made to make changes for good, both in your local community and the world at large. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

Our potential - the potential that resides in every single one of us - is our gift from our creator. What you do with that potential is your gift back to the rest of the world. The worst thing I can imagine is that you might die with that potential still untapped inside of you. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

The world needs your spark. The world needs your energy. The world needs you to show up for your life and take hold of your potential! We need your ideas. We need your love and care. We need your passion. We need your business models. We need to celebrate your successes. We need to watch you rise back up after your failures. We need to see your courage. We need to hear your what if. We need you to stop apologizing for being who you are and become who you were meant to be. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Introduction

Part 1 Quotes

It takes incredibly thick skin to ignore the mean things people say on the internet and, like a callus, that thick skin only develops when it's been ripped open a few times and healed tougher than before. It took me years to have the courage to speak openly about my dreams. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 1

In the absence of experience or knowledge, determination makes the difference between where you are and where you want to be! - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 1

You know that expression "Go big or go home"? I never go home. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 1

I loved my business, and I loved trying to solve the puzzle of entrepreneurship. It made me happy. It lit my heart on fire. It made me feel alive. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 1

A goal is a dream with its work boots on. A goal is a dream you've decided to make real. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 2

Hope is a beautiful thing and an incredibly valuable tool to help keep us motivated and inspired about the possibility for the future. But let's be very clear on this point: hope is not a strategy. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 2

Having something to work toward gives us purpose. Achieving new milestones, even little ones, gives us a sense of accomplishment and pride. All living organisms, relationships, and businesses are either growing or they're dying. Period. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 2

If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 3

If not now, then when? You could spend forever planning out your someday when right now, today, this second, this is all you've got. Someday isn't guaranteed! So stop waiting for someday; someday is a myth. Don't wait to have the time; start planning to make the time. - Girl, Stop Apologising, Chapter 3 

Not having the knowledge just makes you teachable, not stupid. Not being in shape just makes you moldable, not lazy. Not having the experience just makes you eager, not ignorant. Flip the script and force yourself to see the positive where you've only seen negative. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 4

Other people don't get to tell you what you can have! Someone else doesn't get to tell you who you can be! The world doesn't get to decide what you get to try. You are the only one who can make that decision. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 4

Ladies, you get one chance at this - literally only one chance at this life - and you have no idea when your chance might be over. You cannot waste it living only for everyone else. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 5

Work and personal life will always battle each other for supremacy because both require your full attention to be successful. It's not bad or wrong; it's just how life works. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 5

I don't think the goal is ever to be balanced, ladies. I think the goal is to be centered. Centered means that you feel grounded and at peace with yourself. Centered means that you can't be knocked off balance regardless of how chaotic things become. If I prioritize myself and make sure I'm centered, then everything else runs smoothly ... even when it's running at a hundred miles an hour! - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 5

If you aim at what you can hit, you'll likely get there every time: never any higher, never any bigger, never any better. But if you aim far above your own head, even when you fail you'll fly so much higher than you can imagine. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 6

Sis, don't be afraid of failure. Be afraid of never achieving anything at all because you were too afraid of what others might think of you for trying. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 6

Personal goals are infinite ... and addictive. Once you achieve one it makes you start to wonder what else you might be capable of. The answer? Anything you set your mind to. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 7

All you can do at any stage and season of life is try your best, and someone else's opinion of how you're doing or what you're doing is ... none of your business. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 8

When other people's expectations start to dictate your actions, you're lost. Your hope, your dreams, your sense of self ... it all gets lost. You want to make real strides for yourself and your goals this year? Stop caring about what "they" think of you. Stop giving power to someone else's opinions. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 8

It's okay to want something more for your life. In fact, hang out with me long enough, and you'll discover that it's one of the things I value most in people. Drive, hustle, the desire to work as hard as you can to chase down a goal? That's my jam. Hustle is my love language. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 9

Society tends to raise boys to go after what they want and tends to raise girls to go after the boys. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't matter what society thinks about you or your dreams. Heck, it doesn't matter what your family, your closest friends, or your spouse think about your dreams either. All that really matters is how badly you want those dreams and what you're willing to do to make them happen. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 9

Part 2 Quotes

You do not need anyone's permission to be yourself, and you also don't need to conform and twist and rebrand your goal to make it more palatable for them. You don't need to present yourself in a certain light to be loved and accepted. The people who deserve to be in your life will care about who you - the real you - actually are, even if it takes some getting used to. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 10

When it comes to personal growth, women often approach it like a buffet. They want to work on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. They reason that all the areas of their lives are important, and so they should try to fix them all at once. Maybe that's possible for some people, but I can tell you what's worked for me, in contrast, is focus. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 10

You have to know where you're going, and you have to know your why. For those of you who start and stop, start and stop, start and stop, if you've gone off your resolution fifty times before, it's because your why wasn't strong enough. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 11

Ambition looks like waking up early; it looks like working after the kids are in bed. Ambition looks like adopting a willingness to admit to the things you don't know and asking for help or doing the research or becoming your own best mentor. Ambition looks like you living in a way others won't so you will have a life others can't. Are you ready to own your ambition? - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 12

If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. If you're the most focused on growth in your group of friends, if you're the highest achiever, if you're the most compassionate, if you're doing the best out of everyone, you're in the wrong room. You should want to surround yourself with people who are better than you in the areas you want to improve in. You should hope that your good stuff rubs off on them and their good stuff rubs off on you. But if everyone in your circle looks to you to motivate them, you're outnumbered. They're much more likely to pull you down to their level than you are to pull them up to yours. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 14

You are a combination of the five people that you hang out with most. Choose wisely. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 14

The thing about consistency is that you do it for a while, and it seems like nothing is happening. Nothing's happening, nothing's happening, and then all of a sudden you're like, Holy crap, where did that come from?! - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 14

I've learned to say no. More than that, I've learned to say no without even one second of guilt or shame about it, and I can tell you that it’s magic! I get to live life in a way that makes sense for my family, and I promise you we are all better off for it. My kids get more dedicated time in the areas that matter to us, and I'm not running through life exhausted and overextended. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 16

Part 3 Quotes

Confidence comes from you liking the way you look, not from you looking any certain way. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 18

Gaining confidence from your appearance isn't about having a specific style; gaining confidence from the way you look is about having a personal style. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 18

It's going to be a journey and you're going to have to fight to get where you want to go, but it's also going to be worth it. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 19

Truly chasing down a goal changes not just that specific aspect of your life but how you approach life on the whole. Forever. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 19

Dig in, work hard, be patient; the time will pass by no matter what. You may as well spend it in pursuit of something more, no matter how long it takes you to get there. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 19

Real life is going to suck sometimes, and you'll have whole seasons that rob you of the energy you need to pursue your goal. But you still have hopes and dreams and goals for yourself and your life, and they are possible. Sometimes you're going to sprint at them headlong and sometimes you're going to take the smallest inch forward, but you've got to keep yourself in the game. You cannot control the circumstances of your life; you can only control your reaction to them. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 20

When your light shines brighter, others won't be harmed by the glare; they'll be encouraged to become a more luminescent version of themselves. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 22

Leaders are encouraging. Leaders share information. Leaders hold up a light to show you the way. Leaders hold your hand when it gets hard. True leaders are just as excited for your success as they are for their own, because they know that when one of us does well, all of us come up. When one of us succeeds, all of us succeed. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 22

The incredible thing is, by embracing your calling and refusing to hide your glow, you wouldn't just make your world brighter. You'd light the way for the women who would come along behind you. - Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 22

Cited Quotes

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now. - Chinese Proverb, as quoted in Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 7

Well-behaved women seldom make history. - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, as quoted in Girl, Stop Apologizing, Chapter 9

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