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3 Inspiring Pieces of Advice from Successful Women

Glamour magazine recently announced their 2013 Top 10 College Women, and last week, the talented young women were celebrated with a party for their outstanding achievements. Along with an awards ceremony, the magazine organized a panel discussion on “How to Build Your Personal Brand and Land Your Dream Job.”

The empowering women on the panel shared their secrets to success and lessons learned along the way. We loved reading their advice and wanted to share our favorites with you girls, too! Check out three inspiring pieces of advice from the panel, shared by the Huffington Postthen head over to their site to read the rest.

1. Take a risk. 

For Grace Young, a budding engineer and award recipient, she lives by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s mantra: “Do something that you’re not ready to do. Worst case, you’ll discover your limitations.” Young said, “That advice that I read has really encouraged me to do a lot of the things that I thought I’d never have the courage to do, like drop out of high school to go to MIT or work alone in Geneva one summer programming.” Next on Young’s list? Running a marathon in May.

2. You only need one “yes.” 

For Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, the idea of recruiting recent college graduates to teach in low-income areas across the country came in the form of her senior thesis proposal at Princeton University. “I was obsessed with this idea. I was convinced that this had to happen,” Kopp said. The problem was finding someone to fund it. After drafting dozens of letters to CEOs, Mobil Corporation agreed to give her $26,000 as a seed grant towards Teach For America. “I tell people all the time. there are lots and lots of ‘no’s,'” said Kopp. “Keep on asking. You only need one or two ‘yeses.’ It’s just about the search for allies.”

3. It’s OK to fail. 

Even when we’re excited about something, we all know that little voice that pops up in our head and asks, “WHAT are you doing?” comedian Jessica Williams says, “Acknowledge that voice, but do it anyway.” “Don’t take ‘no’ as an answer. You’re going to fail. Failing is very natural, and it’s all part of getting a decent job,” Williams said. “Don’t stop doing it. If you work hard and you’re really nice to people, it’ll happen.” As you make your way to the top, Williams advises to remember to appreciate those who have helped you along the way. “I try to thank people and look them in the eye and remember who helped me,” said Williams. “It is making sure that it’s clear because no matter what, people aren’t going to like you. You just have to know that you are true to yourself. You have to know what you are and what that means to you.”

What are some of your favorite pieces of advice about going after your goals? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Source: Huffington Post

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  1. Posted by Nicole on April 22, 2013 at 12:30

    My favorite piece of advice is from Wendy Knopp, who says “You only need one yes in order to make it happen.” This reminds me of my situation regarding my book I’m writing- we heard mostly “nos” in regards to getting it picked up by a publisher. However- we heard one “yes” (Although it is not official yet, they are interested.) So this is great advice! 🙂

    • sha566

      Posted by sha566 on April 22, 2013 at 15:45

      Yay! Good luck with your book Nicole!! I really hope it gets published because I really want to read it! Love you! <3 🙂