Inspiring Career Lessons & Words of Wisdom From Michelle Obama


Let’s be honest, Michelle Obama is one heck of an inspiration. From being a Harvard Law School graduate, Writer, Mother and Former FLOTUS, she is a great example and leader to many career women, young and old.

Not only is she stylish, classy and intelligent, she’s not afraid to voice her opinions and stand for what she’s passionate about. We have gathered some of Michelle Obama’s inspiring career lessons and advice for career girls:

On Failure

"I wish that girls could fail as bad as men do, and be OK, because let me tell you, watching men fail up—it is frustrating. It's frustrating to see a lot of men blow it and win. And we hold ourselves to these crazy, crazy standards."

At the United State of Women Summit 2018        

On Leadership

“Don’t waste your seat at the table. If you aren’t comfortable, get up and let someone else,”.

At the 14th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia

On Raising Your Bars

“I want to encourage all of us as young women–and older women–we have to raise our own bars. You won’t be successful hanging out with people who drag you down…. There is no boy at this age who is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education,”

At Glamour’s ‘The Power of an Education Girl panel.’

On True Success

“And I remember how well-meaning, but misguided, people sometimes questioned whether someone with my background could succeed at an elite university. But after a few months I realised that I was just as capable. I realised that success is not about the background you are from, it is about the confidence that you have and the effort you are willing to invest.”

At the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson girls’ school in London

On Hard Work

"If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that."

At the Capitol Theater in Madison

On Positivity

“Focus on what you can control. Be a good person every day. Vote. Read. Treat one another kindly. Follow the law. Don't tweet nasty stuff.”

At The Bushnell Center

On Being Courageous

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."

At Young African Women Leaders Forum in South Africa

Watch Michelle Obama at the United State of Women Summit 2018       

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Sarah Johnson is a marketing professional and Founder of Corporate Career Girl. Her true passion is to empower career girls in the workplace, and help them bridge the gap between university and the corporate environment.