6 Pieces Of Career Advice Every Woman Should Follow

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Staying motivated can be tough, there’s always more hard work to be done. It’s up to us to continue the fight that today’s top women execs have already started. They’ve already been through the meetings and boardrooms, and they have advice for the younger generation of females waiting to rise through the ranks.

This is the career advice you didn’t get at school, straight from the mouths of the most successful women…

1.

‘Like it or not, women must hold themselves to a higher standard than the men around them. Work harder, more effectively and efficiently, and be more prepared… Take your seat at the table.’ – Cathe Tocher, Chief Investment Officer for Great-West Financial.

Tocher started out in an industry where there were very few females, in a time where women in upper-management were essentially unheard of. Against the odds, she is now a finance executive and encourages younger women to not be afraid to speak up, stand out, and take their place in the workforce right alongside male counterparts.

2

‘In any crisis, there is an opportunity. It’s what you do with it’ – Judy Smith, Crisis Manager, and the inspiration for Scandal.

When life throws you completely out of balance, it’s natural to become defensive and try to find your way out, but what if the crisis is actually an opportunity for something amazing? You’ll never know unless you face it head on and fight! Next time you’re hit with something unexpected, take hold of it and turn it into a success!

3.

‘Do something you’re passionate about. Life is too short’ – Mary Barra, CEO General Motors.

Whether you love to draw, sing, or make excel spreadsheets, pursue whatever makes you happiest! Why go through life doing something you hate day in and day out when you can be doing something you love?! It might make less money, but in the end, a fulfilled life is worth way more than a six-figure salary.

4.

‘Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a stepping stone to success’ – Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

Arianna’s mother used to tell her that failure was nothing to be afraid of, and her acceptance of that was what propelled her into so many different business ventures. She kept trying, and even when things failed she decided it was just a lesson learned. We could all benefit from training our brains to rethink failure!

5.

‘Surround yourself with good people. Cultivate relationships with people you respect and admire by finding a commonality — a support network is also key to success’ – Donna Frosco, First Female Partner at Keane & Beane, P.C.

Surround yourself with people who are eager for success, but also understand the importance of taking care of themselves. Avoid those who are negative, lazy, or don’t have man aspirations, they’ll only drag you down and make you feel like you can’t achieve your own goals. Friends and peers who are positive and motivated are the kinds of people that will encourage you and spur you on.

6.

‘The time making money should be greater than the time that you are spending money’ – Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, author of #Girlboss and Nasty Galaxy.

Although we all deserve a reward or two, you should divide your time wisely. Spending more time shopping than you are saving will only lead to catastrophe. Sophia always says that money looks better in your bank than it does on your feet, so just remember that. If you’re having trouble, try the 50-20-30 rule.

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photo: @carmengracehamilton

 

Staying motivated can be tough, there’s always more hard work to be done. It’s up to us to continue the fight that today’s top women execs have already started. They’ve already been through the meetings and boardrooms, and they have advice for the younger generation of females waiting to rise through the ranks.

This is the career advice you didn’t get at school, straight from the mouths of the most successful women…

‘Like it or not, women must hold themselves to a higher standard than the men around them. Work harder, more effectively and efficiently, and be more prepared… Take your seat at the table.’ – Cathe Tocher, Chief Investment Officer for Great-West Financial.

Tocher started out in an industry where there were very few females, in a time where women in upper-management were essentially unheard of. Against the odds, she is now a finance executive and encourages younger women to not be afraid to speak up, stand out, and take their place in the workforce right alongside male counterparts.

‘In any crisis, there is an opportunity. It’s what you do with it’ – Judy Smith, Crisis Manager, and the inspiration for Scandal.

When life throws you completely out of balance, it’s natural to become defensive and try to find your way out, but what if the crisis is actually an opportunity for something amazing? You’ll never know unless you face it head on and fight! Next time you’re hit with something unexpected, take hold of it and turn it into a success!

‘Do something you’re passionate about. Life is too short’ – Mary Barra, CEO General Motors.

Whether you love to draw, sing, or make excel spreadsheets, pursue whatever makes you happiest! Why go through life doing something you hate day in and day out when you can be doing something you love?! It might make less money, but in the end, a fulfilled life is worth way more than a six-figure salary.

‘Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a stepping stone to success’ – Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

Arianna’s mother used to tell her that failure was nothing to be afraid of, and her acceptance of that was what propelled her into so many different business ventures. She kept trying, and even when things failed she decided it was just a lesson learned. We could all benefit from training our brains to rethink failure!

‘Surround yourself with good people. Cultivate relationships with people you respect and admire by finding a commonality — a support network is also key to success’ – Donna Frosco, First Female Partner at Keane & Beane, P.C.

Surround yourself with people who are eager for success, but also understand the importance of taking care of themselves. Avoid those who are negative, lazy, or don’t have man aspirations, they’ll only drag you down and make you feel like you can’t achieve your own goals. Friends and peers who are positive and motivated are the kinds of people that will encourage you and spur you on.

‘The time making money should be greater than the time that you are spending money’ – Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, author of #Girlboss and Nasty Galaxy.

Although we all deserve a reward or two, you should divide your time wisely. Spending more time shopping than you are saving will only lead to catastrophe. Sophia always says that money looks better in your bank than it does on your feet, so just remember that. If you’re having trouble, try the 50-20-30 rule.

 

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  • Alejandro Rodriguez

    Great post! I like #3. It is very important that you choose a career that you really love. Don’t limit yourself to a set of profession because these have more credibility, make more money or just because they are in high demand. Although is important to learn about a career before embarking on that path, the main question than one should ask is, do I really want to do this? If the answer is yes then proceed. It’s also important to consider the amount of time this career is going to take you. There are many career schools that offer accredited programs that can be completed within less than 2 years and most of those careers are currently on high demand. For example, Universal Career School that offers a Nursing and Cosmetology Programs.

  • IG:Suetanyamchorgh

    ‘The time making money should be greater than the time that you are spending money’ – i love this one. i think thats the major problem in life. We make money yes but we are so quick to spend it and not invest. Love the advice.