Almost every Monday for the past year-and-a-half, we’ve been talking to women that inspire us, motivate us, and wow us with their success, fearlessness, and insight as part of our Women We Love series.
Today, we’re recapping some of the best words of wisdom we’ve learned from these ladies–who have ranged theSkimm founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, to blogger and author Erin Gates, to meteorologist Cheryl Scott, to Allure Magazine editor Catherine O’Neill, and so many more.
Consider this your Monday motivation.
Susanna Negovan, Editor in Chief of Chicago Sun Times’ SPLASH, on launching multiple successful lifestyle magazines in Chicago:
“Some people like working at start-ups and some prefer more structured environments. I’ve found that I’m the former; I really enjoy building things from scratch. To work at a start-up, you have to be willing to think about your job 24/7, because ideas come from everywhere. At the same time, none of it feels like work.”
Erin Gates, blogger, author and interior designer, on the best part of being her own boss:
“The flexibility to create your own schedule. It’s very true that you’ll never work harder than for yourself, but it’s awesome when you can choose when you do that work. I cannot imagine working for someone else ever again.”
Meteorologist Cheryl Scott, on the words she lives by:
“Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road”… Life is full of twists and turns and many forks in the road, but I believe if you stay true to who you are and focus on the goals at hand, great things will come!”
Catherine Quinn O’Neill, beauty editor at Allure Magazine, on landing a job in the competitive world of publishing:
“Read every magazine you can get your hands on, learn its voice, know its writers and editors, and connect with the people who work there. That way, when a door opens, you’ll be standing right there in front of it.”
Samantha Saifer Berngard, parter at BoldFace Co., on the secret to her career success:
“Work hard and take risks. If you don’t care passionately about what you do – then don’t do it. Hard work and dedication are transparent.”
Liz Schneider, blogger behind Sequins & Stripes, on balancing her Internet life with her “real” one:
“I am constantly struggling with this but I think putting the phone down and getting outside for some fresh air, seeing the world with my own eyes instead of looking at it through my camera, and just being in the moment is what helps me the most. Life is too short to be in a hurry to live it!”
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, co-founders of daily newsletter theSkimm, on their advice to budding tech entrepreneurs:
“Take a coding class. We didn’t and it’s something we wish we had more of a background in, if only to be able to communicate with our developers more intelligently. Also, take a vacation before you think of starting a business. It will be a very long time before you get another chance.”
Carina Lambert, founder of The Third Piece line of accessories, on the best career advice she’s ever received:
“Consistency is the key to success. Work hard dream big and you are in control of your own destiny.”
Mollie Chen, editorial director of Birchbox, and former editor at Conde Nast Traveler, on succeeding in new media:
“To succeed in the current media landscape, I think you need to be both traditional and radical. Build a strong skillset— reporting, writing, copy-editing—and then be willing to go wherever you think you can do the most interesting things, and learn the most. That very well might be a brand.”
Jamie Otis, star of “Married at First Sight,” and registered nurse in New York City, on overcoming obstacles:
“I am a firm believer in opening your mind to all possibilities! You’re given one chance at life and with hard work and determination you can be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do. If you don’t believe in yourself no one else will believe in you. If someone or something is having a negative impact on your well being – Get rid of it! Love yourself just as you are and others will love you too.”
Dria Murphy, PR director at Keep, on her advice for breaking into the fashion industry in New York:
“Intern and network! I would not be where I am in my career today if I didn’t intern for free and go beyond what was asked of me. You can make your internship whatever you want it to be. I chose to work hard, learn as much as possible from my mentors. My mentor at Giorgio Armani years later became my boss at Calvin Klein. Relationships are so important to build in the early years of your career.”
Ally Cooke, director of Marketing at Chicago Social Magazine, on rising through the ranks quickly:
“I think the first year of my role as Marketing Director, I was extremely stressed with the additional responsibility. When everyone is looking to you on decisions, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel the pressure but I think having a strong team behind me really helps ease the worries. I think learning how to delegate was probably the biggest lesson I had to learn when taking over the department.”
What is your best career advice or words of wisdom? Share it with us in the comments section!