When successful women share their tips for success, you know you better sit up and listen.
These women aren’t any different from anyone else, but they have determination and motivation where others do not. Have you heard the quote ‘Ideas don’t make you rich, execution does?’
Ideas are a dime a dozen, but you can count the number of successful women who actually went above and beyond and can be recognized for bringing their ideas to life on one hand! So, what better way to get inspired than to hear about what got them to where they are today?
BOOST OTHER WOMEN
Victoria Beckham is pretty much goals at this point. She’s evidence of what can happen when you put your mind to it, she could’ve faded out into the background after her music career but she pushed to try new things and started a fashion line off the back of her renowned status. She constantly demands more from herself and in fact, she inspires the entire CGD team. Find out how Victoria Beckham plans her day here.
Speaking about her success, Victoria credited a series of mentors that have supported her throughout the years including Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg. She also explained how she herself tries to support other women both professionally and personally. “Three-quarters of my business is run by strong women. Every day I go into work and I’m inspired by women who work incredibly hard alongside having families.”
“Most of the senior management staff are women. I didn’t employ them because they are women, but because they were the best at the job…”
Victoria admits that not every woman has been supportive of her dream in the past, but that being supportive and surrounding herself with supportive people has helped push her forward.
“Support each other. Be that woman…It’s really bad if you don’t. And there are women like that. And when I look back in the past about things that might be said about me or written about, a lot of the time it’s been by other women. It’s disappointing and that is so often that case. So my message would be… don’t be that young girl, don’t be that woman. Let’s change that.”
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EMBRACE YOUR AMBITION
Tory Burch has a hugely successful brand behind her, and yes, it was a lot to do with the team behind her, but her vision and her driving force are what propelled it forwards.
She remembers giving the credit away to other people a lot, and over the years has realized that being ambitious is nothing to be afraid of.
“I talk a lot about this, because ambition in women is such a negative, compared to ambition in men. When I started out, the first article on me and the company was in The New York Times and a good friend of mine, this incredible businesswoman who started Tribeca Film Festival, read the article and said, ‘I loved it, congratulations, but you shouldn’t shy away from the word ambition.’
DON’T BE TOO DEPENDENT ON OTHERS
Sheryl Sandberg is known for her advice on working smart, the COO of Facebook didn’t get to where she was by shying away from her own ambition and owning up to her own success.
She’s noticed that there’s another danger for ambitious women, the elusive mentor that women are waiting for before they take action.
“I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after.
Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.” When successful women share their tips for success, listen up, but don’t wait for someone to teach you what you need to be doing.
Instead of waiting for someone to tell you how it’s done, go out there and do it, mess it up spectacularly and learn from it so that you can turn it into a success, that’s the only way! If you meet inspiring people along the way, good!
DON’T EVER GIVE UP
Surely you’ve heard of Rodial? The brand created by Maria Hatzistefanis popped up, took the world by storm, and her book ‘How To Be An Overnight Success’ is a very real look at the world of business and the myth of becoming an overnight success. Find out what Maria does to improve her life every single day here.
Maria has some tips for success that will actually help, because while you’re going for it, you’ll need something to keep you going during the late nights and early mornings, and during the tough times.
“Don’t give up. People around you will doubt you, they will tell you that you shouldn’t take risks. You have to ignore that. It’s going to get hard, and at times it’s going to feel impossible, but those are the times you need to drive yourself the most.”
We’re going to turn to Beyonce for the last tip of the list. While she’s a megastar, she’s also slaved away tirelessly to create an image for herself, to make sure that her concerts, her acts, everything she puts her name to reflects her brand. She’s built herself into a megastar by behaving like one. By allowing herself to be one.
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
Beyonce’s words are the truest we’ve heard. Be different and break the mold. As soon as you hit one goal, look for the next, making it more ambitious, and go for it no matter what. Be relentless in your pursuit of success and demand nothing but the best for yourself and from yourself. These successful women share their tips for success knowing that they could always be more successful and strive for more, they never settle and if you want to be successful – neither should you!