12 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Your Best Life

Since former First Lady Michelle Obama stepped into the spotlight over 10 years ago, she's been speaking incredible words of wisdom. I personally LOVE her book "Becoming."

  1. On Failure: “Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail," Mrs. Obama said during The Power of an Educated Girl panelin 2015
  2. “You have to fill your bucket with positive energy—and if you have people hanging around you that are bringing you down and not lifting you up, whether that’s your ‘boo’ or your best friend—you have to learn how to push these people to the side," Mrs. Obama said at The Power of an Education Girl panelin 2015.
  3. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t," Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming.
  4. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Mrs. Obama said, “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives."
  5. “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high," Mrs. Obama famously said during the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
  6. "When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you," Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming. "You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."
  7. “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," Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming.
  8. “We need to do a better job putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list," Mrs. Obama said at a Let Girls Learn event in 2016.
  9. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values. and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own," Mrs. Obama said during the Tuskegee University Commencement Speech in 2015.
  10. “Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realized that being successful isn’t about being impressive, it’s about being inspired," Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming. "That’s what it means to be true to yourself.”
  11. “No matter what, you give everybody a fair shake, and when somebody needs a hand, you offer yours," Mrs. Obama said during the Eastern Kentucky University Commencement in 2013.
  12. “We have to find a way to continue to lift other women up in our worlds and in our lives as much as possible," Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming.

Nina Rawz


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