It looks like Beyoncé was absolutely right! “Who runs the world? Girls!”

To be more accurate, successful, savvy, and stay-on-it-til-it’s-done women. In the new issue of Essence Magazine, there’s a stunning feature “Women of the White House” that captures the dynamic Black women responsible for keeping President Obama’s administration running.

And yet another ‘Yoncé anthem comes to mind—”Bow down!”

Yes, we were hugely in awe of these women who range in age from 23 (Jordan Metoyer, Assistant to the Deputy Director & Senior Advisor to the Office of Management & Budget Director) to 58 (Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President). And it’s not just that they work in the White House that has us impressed, it’s the lessons they’ve learned over the past seven years of the Obama administration that have us super motivated this Hump Day.

29 Powerful Women in the White House Share Their Secrets of Success

Here are their personal mottos and secrets of success that were so good we just had to jot them down!

“Never take a job that doesn’t terrify [you]. Those are the jobs worth doing.” —Adaeze Enekwechi, Associate Director for Health, Office of Management and Budget  read more