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Whitney Wolfe Quotes

Whitney Wolfe

Whitney Wolfe quotes: thoughts from the Bumble Boss.

“Have a dream, chase it down, jump over every single hurdle, and run through fire and ice to get there.”

“Look at what is broken in society, figure out how to make it better, and then, around that, formulate a business.”

“If you’re in a job that you hate, don’t be scared of seeking out something that might be riskier. Anything can turn into something with passion and hard work.”

“How does a queen bee behave? However she wants to. But please don’t wait for someone to hold the door open for you when your own arms work perfectly fine; do it yourself.”

“Being able to put your blinders on, ignore negative opinions, and follow your strong intuition is what’s validating to me. It’s a great feeling to know you can trust your gut.”

“I really try to ask myself the question of nine. Will this matter in nine minutes, nine hours, nine days, nine weeks, nine months or nine years? If it will truly matter for all of those, pay attention to it.”

“Failure’s a marker of success in its own right because you went out and tried something. If you really don’t want to fail, go find a comfortable chair and stay there. Just don’t go out and do anything.”

“When you accept that failure is a good thing, it can actually be a huge propeller toward success.”

“When you can look at failure and say, ‘What is the worst case scenario?’ it’s not as bad as it seems.”

“Be genuine. Put out what you want to receive; that’s the same for real life.”

“You have to accept people for who they are. You can guide. You can give people chances. But you cannot hold on to people in fear that you are bad because you can’t keep everyone you’ve hired.”

“Anyone can replicate a product. There are lots of brilliant minds out there that know how to code, but there’s unique DNA to a brand. You cannot have a brand without people. That is the most important asset you will ever have.”

“Every point in your career is a learning lesson. I learned a lot about how much work is required to grow a user base and create a new product. I also learned that things take time and extreme hard work and passion.”

“I am a firm believer that the only person who can make you feel inferior is yourself.”

“Play up your strengths and let someone else handle your weaknesses. It’s okay. Work together. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.”

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something. Ultimately, you have to zoom out.”

“If you’re doing anything disruptive, and if you know it to be good and true and progressive, let the naysayers fuel you to work harder and go faster and sleep less.”

“As long as you know that you’re doing the right thing, do not care about what other people think about you.”

“Bullies will attack your confidence, but you cannot let them kill your ambition.”

“Don’t let something hurtful in your past hold you back from what you want to do. Be brave.”

“I will say that you can’t live your life with any regrets.”

“If I want to go after something in my life, I should be able to do that without shame, guilt or blame.”

“Often, the best jobs come out of just meeting people and letting one thing lead to another.”

“Always know your merit and how special you are, and don’t let someone else’s qualifications make you feel small. If you stick to this, you will always deserve their respect.”

“If people are telling you that they don’t believe what you’re doing, that means you’re doing something out of their comfort zone. And generally, people don’t want to be taken out of their comfort zone because it’s outside of the status quo.”

“So many entrepreneurs approach me and say, ‘I want to start the next big thing,’ and I say, ‘Well, what are you solving?’ And oftentimes they say, ‘Oh, I’m not sure. I want to start something big.’ You can never start something big without solving something small, right?”

“Nobody will ever be an entrepreneur for the sake of being one. No successful entrepreneur ever woke up and was like, ‘I want to be an entrepreneur.’ Almost every successful entrepreneur woke up and experienced or identified a problem they passionately and vigorously wanted to solve.”

“The best entrepreneurs in the world are problem solvers. They want to make the world a better place through solving very precise problems. It’s a winning formula and it cannot be disingenuous.”

“That’s the most important piece, you can’t just sit around and throw darts at a map and say, ‘That’s a problem.’ It should be something you feel deeply in your heart.”

“It’s equally as painful, because the truth is humans don’t like change. And the people in the arena are the nastiest people, they criticize you, they hate on you, they throw things at you (figuratively), and it hurts. It hurts to be on the stage, and it can be scary, and it can be really, really gut-wrenching. But if deep down in your heart the problem you’re trying to solve is something that is so important to you, that will erase the noise of the millions of voices in the arena.”

“I always think about a basketball team. They play on someone else’s home court and they’re booed the entire time. They have to just look around them at their teammates and keep their eye on the ball and remember that those boos are out of fear and out of terror that their other team is going to win. And that’s exactly what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. You’re going to be booed at, you’re going to be—people are going to try to knock you down.  You have to just know that you can still win the game.”

“A good business has a lot of ingredients, not just one. You have a lot of business that may have a great marketing team, but a poor product; or an incredible product, and poor marketing.”

“I knew I was ambitious; I knew I was passionate and that I wanted to change the world in some shape or form, but I had no idea what that might look like.”

“I’m very artistic and creative, disorganized—ambitious, I would say, if that even makes sense. I’m definitely not the most mathematical person in the world; not scientific. I can’t even work out a tip; it’s really sad. But I’ve always thought, ‘Play up your strengths and let someone else handle your weaknesses. It’s okay. Work together.'”

“I am just trying the best I can, and I think that speaks to a lot of other women out there.”

“I had this burning passion in me to prove to myself, and on behalf of other women, that if my voice was being stifled and if I was being treated a certain way, that I had to stand up. What type of example would I set to other women and girls? I had to show that if you get knocked off the horse, you get right back up.”

“Feminism is not about girl power. It is about equal power.”

“If we want to create change, we all have to be feminists: men, women, everyone needs to acknowledge that. Sometimes I have more in common with the man than I do the woman in the room.”

“If we want to be treated as equals, don’t put yourself in a position where you set yourself up to not be equal.”

“Women need to support other women, and we must ensure we are providing women with opportunities that allow them to reach their full potential.”

“We applaud any company making business decisions that empower women.”

“When women come together, we make a lot of amazing stuff happen.”

“When women fight for a higher salary, they can often feel guilty. When men fight for more pay, they feel empowered. I’ve always wanted to encourage women to go after the money they deserve.”

“I just hope that more women realize that if your gut tells you you’re doing a good job, you’re doing a good job.”

“I didn’t go to business school to take a formal job at a formal company, nor did I code a brand-new product in my dorm room. I don’t come from the kind of background that would ever lead me, from a historical standpoint, to the career I’m in. Credentials don’t always define who someone is, or who they’re going to be.”

“After graduating in International Relations in 2011, I turned down safe, corporate job offers and instead accepted a position at an ‘incubator’ in L.A.—a tech word for a team of people who are funded by investors to create apps. I knew the future was digital and that I had to take a risk.”

“When I completed my degree, I had no intention of building a dating app. I didn’t even know what one would be (I don’t think anyone did at that time). I set off to go explore the world. I went to Southeast Asia for a few months, spent time volunteering, and whilst I was there, I had this ah-ha moment! Whether you’re helping people, traveling, building a business, whatever it is… if you don’t have access to technology, you have nothing—that’s when I decided to go work in the tech space.”

“I worked all day, every day. I thought about Tinder in the shower and dreamed about it at night. It wasn’t just my job, it was my life.”

“I was always extremely creative. I was very artistic and never strong with numbers or science. I wanted to be an artist or a fashion designer. I wanted to be something that allowed for a lot of imagination.”

“I run a dating site, but I will gladly tell someone, ‘Do not date someone if it’s not right.’ And don’t settle. This settling thing is insane. I’ve literally had to force friends out of relationships because they want to be married by a certain age, so they just date these guys that are not right for them.”

“Bumble really sets the stage for an empowered and modern way to connect, which educated and forward-thinking groups of people have really gravitated to.”

“There is no better way to create a confident and meaningful connection with someone than to be self-assured and true to yourself. Remember, you want someone to truly appreciate you for you, not for your best side. There is only one you. Be proud of that and own it.”

“What I have found is that the best way to unwind is cooking. You only have two hands. If you are chopping veggies, you are forcing yourself to put the phone down or step away from the computer. It’s extremely relaxing.”

“Everyone deals with trauma differently, and recovery is always a work in progress. But courage is contagious, and the more that people stand up and speak out against misogyny, the faster we can create the kind of world where we won’t have to.”

“I don’t believe revenge is part of my agenda. I’m a firm believer that, just like hate spreads hate, love and kindness spread love and kindness.”

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that hurt people hurt people, and kindness is just as contagious. So if you can focus your efforts on engineering kindness, it will prevail.”

“Life is a lot more fun with good, positive people around you.”

“Love, friendship, networking—these are all critical connections and the foundation of a healthy, happy life.”

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something. Ultimately, you have to zoom out.”

“Be empowered and say, ‘Hi!’ It’s proven that people really like it when you take initiative.”

Cory Johnson: CEO of a business he has yet to launch. As seen on your mom’s phone. Scaled to 7-figures in seven seconds selling a course on selling courses. Kidding. Watch this.