Amy Poehler’s Best Advice for Girls

Courage and confidence

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right—because I think there’s something inside of you and inside all of us, when we see something, and we think, ‘I think I can do that. I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.’ Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zones, taking risks like that… that is what life is.” [via]

Being vulnerable

“It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there. It’s very hard to be vulnerable. But those people that do that are the dreamers and thinkers and creators and they’re the magic people of the world.” [via]

Protecting yourself

“I wonder if we could soften our hearts and minds and our eyes, and I wonder if we could give our eyes a break, and maybe try to see things in a different way — try to see things by reading about them or talking about them or listening. I don’t know, I kind of feel like my eyes need a break, don’t you? And if you do, then I guess my encouragement to you and to myself is to take it — that’s okay not to be looking at what everyone else is looking at, all of the time.” [via]


“Most decisions aren’t final. Feelings change all the time; you can always change your mind. And taking risks and taking chances is what makes life so exciting because we never know what’s gonna happen. Every day something new comes our way. Isn’t that amazing?” [via]

Making mistakes

“When you do something wrong, the best thing you can do is just fix it. Just admit to it, and move on.” [via]

Talking to your parents

“A lot of parents get threatened when they hear their kids wanting something they don’t want or something that’s different from them. They feel like they’re being rejected, like their feelings are hurt. So you want to make sure that you don’t hurt their feelings when you tell them how you feel. You don’t want to make their views sound silly or stupid. You just want to talk about what you like, and you believe, and you want.” [via]

Growing up

“[Your father] doesn’t want you to grow up because you’re his little girl. And suddenly you’re turning from being his baby to being a young woman and it’s hard for him. So he might need you to go a little slow, and take it one step at a time.” [via]