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Every stage of your life requires a new version of you to show up. This is the process of reinvention. I thought I’d share some quotes about reinventing yourself to remind you not to give up.

Although changing anything in your life is not easy, it can be extremely rewarding. Pushing yourself beyond the limits you had placed on yourself, believing in yourself. It’s all very exciting.

But hard. Let’s not forget how hard and messy it can be. You are in control of the direction of your life, and if you don’t like which way it’s headed, it’s up to change it.

That’s the hard part. It takes a lot of work. Work we’ve never done before.

But you know that change is a long time coming. You know that in the long run, you’re going to be so much happier. But that work! Oy! I hear ya.

I hope these 55 awesome quotes about reinventing yourself will motivate and inspire you.

The Hardest Part About Reinventing Yourself

So, here’s the thing. People generally are afraid of change. Comfort zones are called that for a reason – they’re comfortable, and as humans, we want to be comfortable.

Change isn’t comfortable at all. Robin Sharma said it best. This is probably one of my favourite quotes about reinventing yourself. It’s so darn true!

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.

And he’s not wrong.

But the hardest part of reinvention and personal growth is taking the first step to create your new life. Lemme share my story of extraordinary change with you really quickly if you don’t already know it.

I’ll condense it to not make this long and drawn out:

  • 52 yr old hairdresser working in a mall in Northern Ontario, Canada
  • tired of life, broken, broke and fed up
  • abused my whole life
  • desperately wanted a new life
  • slowly started mapping out the life I wanted
  • became a freelance writer
  • at 53, I packed up all my stuff and bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala (2015)
  • haven’t looked back since

Was any of that easy? Nope. Was it rewarding? Yup! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to throw up while reinventing myself.

I had to do things, alone, I might add, that I had never done before. And let me tell you, I am living some of the best days of my life right now. True story!

Many women in midlife and beyond suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and little to 0 belief in themselves. That’s why most of us are too afraid to reinvent ourselves or change anything.

Every change, no matter how small, is terrifying. But you know you have to. So many people wonder when the best time to start is. Now. Right now.

Before you know it, you’ll be a whole new person, and you won’t even recognize yourself. And that’s such a beautiful thing.

You can also check out these articles and videos to learn more about my story!

How to Start Over at 50 With Nothing

YouTube Video

Starting a New Life Alone Over 50 – 10 Things To Do

55 Epic Quotes About Reinventing Yourself

Here is the best collection of quotes about reinventing yourself I can find. Some are from famous people, a few are from me, and some are unknown (or anonymous). I hope you like them.

1 If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.

Charles Bukowski

2 If you allow yourself, you can become stronger in the very places that you’ve been broken.

Jane Fonda

3 Every change is a challenge to become who we really are

Marianne Williamson

4 Be prepared to reinvent yourself. Be prepared to go out on a limb occasionally, and be prepared to do the things that you feel strongly about.

Hillman Curtis

5 Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

6 It is not too late to take another path.

David Suzuki

7 If you give up at the first sign of struggle, you’re really not ready to be successful.

Kevin Hart

8 Things change for the better when we take responsibility for our own thoughts, decisions and actions.

Eric Thomas

9 The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome!

Iva Ursano

10 Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.


11 My greatest asset is that I am constantly changing

Jane Fonda

12 Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.

Stephen Covey

13 Someone who is reinventing always has spare time. Part of reinvention is collecting little bits and pieces of time and carving them the way you want them to be.

James Altucher

14 One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be somone else’s survival guide

Brené Brown

15 I love who I am becoming.


16 A year ago everything was so different. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short amount of time.

Iva Ursano

17 The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new


18 Go easy on yourself you’re doing great. This is just really hard.


19 It is never too late to be what you might have been

George Elliot

20 Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

Jack Canfield

21 The reinvention of daily life, means marching off the edge of our maps

Bob Black

22 Real change isn’t found in some new way to think about yourself, but in freedom from the need to think about yourself at all. It isn’t something of which most of us are aware, but we human beings are ‘marked’ with a certain strange feature, and that is: We want to change

Guy Finley

23 I am a believer in change peu a peu (little by little), since drastic changes, including lots of changes made all at once, are often the sort of modifications that don’t stick

Mireille Guiliano

24 It’s not always about fixing what is broken, sometimes it’s about starting over and creating something new


25 Don’t ever feel like your best days are behind you. Reinvention is the purest form of hope. Make today your best yet

Phil Wohl

26 You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be

Marianne Williamson

27 Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

28 I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention

John Le Carre

29 Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.

Jon Krakauer

30 Be the woman who just went for it


31 When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself

George Lopez

32 Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step

Lao Tzu

33 A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.

John Powell

34 If you wish to reinvent yourself, focus on what you wish for, not on what you fear


35 Every time you reinvent yourself, you will be a fuller and better woman for it

Katie Mitchell Hall

36 Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation

Stephen Covey

37 Keep on reinventing yourself. Always strive to be a better version of yourself!

Avijeet Das

38 If you are not where you want to be, do not quit, instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.

Eric Thomas

39 I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.

Henry Rollins

40 You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream


41 Reinventing yourself is the only way to invent anything new in life

Sandeep Sutari

42 Embrace loneliness and reinvent yourself in the process of your dreams

Sam Gilbert

43 When we can view change as an opportunity and embrace it, we find that it creates more ease and gives us something to look forward to.

Whitney Gordon-Mead

44 Life is full of constant changes and learning to reinvent yourself throughout them. Why not start today reinventing yourself into becoming a better you.

Timothy Pina

45 It’s essential that we continue to grow and change in big or small ways- one day at a time.

Caren Merrick

46 Live your life impressing yourself


47 Reinvent your life, rediscover yourself, recapture your aims.


48 The world is open to us and each day is an occasion to reinvent ourselves.

Ralph Lauren

49 The true essence of fashion is being able to reinvent yourself with what you have

Melanie Fiona

50 Nothing changes if nothing changes


51 Reinventing yourself is like rearranging the livingroom furniture of your life


52 Every day you reinvent yourself. You’re always in motion. But you decide every day: forward or backward

James Altucher

53 People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out

Warren Bennis

54 We fear the future will mirror our past, because we are born to believe that history repeats itself. But human beings are not history, they reinvent themselves

Rania Naim

55 Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my lif

J.K. Rowling

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xo iva xo

Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

You can also check out her amazing eStore here. It is full of powerful self-help eBooks, personal development courses, and so much more—ALL at affordable prices!

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