Empowering Quotes from the Fabulous Mindy Kaling

Daniella Cressman
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Mindy Kaling is an excellent actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She is well-known for her humorous and inspiring words.

“I say if you love something, set it in a small cage and pester and smother it with love until it either loves you back or dies.”

Mindy Kaling is so right. This is inspiring to hear, because if a person continues to follow their dreams, even when times are tough, they often reach some level of success in that field as a result.

“It’s so important for women who look like me — or who look different than me — can find themselves beautiful and be objects of love and attention and affection.”

As women, we can be so hard on ourselves. It’s important to love yourself inside and out, no matter what you look like: You’re enough.

“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.”

This is such an audacious quote, and it’s so true. Some women can make a killing traveling the world and recording their adventures on YouTube. Honestly, if that’s your calling, you might as well go for it, even though this particular path is unconventional.

“Write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.”

This one is especially powerful. Think about all the incredibly successful authors, musicians, and writers out there. They have mastered their art, and now they have the freedom to explore their creativity and share their gifts with the world while making millions of dollars.

“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking about politics in your workplace too much. Just work hard, be cheerful, ignore distractions.”

It can be difficult to go to work day after day, especially when you don’t feel like it, but remaining positive is extremely important: You want to be someone who is easy to be around. Politics has its place, of course, but it will likely lead to more discontent and disharmony in the workplace because people are often already burnt out and almost everyone holds very strong views about this subject. Simply remaining neutral and being your best self will make a world of difference.

“I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it.”

Mindy Kaling is so right: None of us are ever going to be perfect, but we can always work towards self-improvement. For instance, meditation will likely help you feel more present if you practice regularly, but you may end up skipping a few days, and that’s okay. We can all work at being our best selves while making sure we accept where we’re at right now.

“A lot of people ask how to get where I am, and the single biggest thing, which is not profound, is that I work like a dog.”

This is a sentiment we often hear from successful people: It might seem easy and glamorous from the other side of the fence, but behind those fancy award shows and beautiful films are sixteen-hour workdays and years of practice. Mindy Kaling, and pretty much every other successful actress, work extremely hard, pushing their limits regularly, in order to excel in such a competitive industry.

“Work hard, know your s**t, show your s**t, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.”

She’s right. If you understand what you’re getting into, and you’ve prepared yourself for the job at hand, you have every right to feel worthy of the opportunities that come your way. People may try to discourage you, especially if you’re going into the arts, but you don’t have to let them have that power of you. Instead, you may want to learn from the pros in the industry who can offer you a helping hand.

“No matter how good you have it, it’s cool to want more.”

It’s human nature to want more money, a bigger house, and fancier clothes. Whether you’d like to spend your cash on traveling the world or buying that designer bag you’ve had eye on for weeks, you have every right to desire more abundance in your life.

“Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.”

So many girls think that being popular is an unattainable dream, especially during those miserable high school years. It’s deeply satisfying to know that most people who are stars in high school don’t end up becoming famous actresses, musicians, or rocket scientists later in life. The people who do are usually the ‘nerds.’

Being a woman can difficult in today’s world, but it’s important to remember that you are powerful, lovable, and worthy. You’re enough, and you can do anything you set your mind to.

You’re an ambitious person who works hard, whether you’re a mom, a lawyer, or both. You may want to take a hot bath and relax in the warm water after a day filled with office meetings and family responsibilities.

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