#IWD2017: 8 Career tips from powerful women

To celebrate the International Women’s Day 2017, here are a few career tips from successful women from all over the world.

  1. Let your competence speak for you

Gail Warrior, CEO and Founder of The Warrior Group Construction says;

As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I often get asked about how I deal with that issue. I respond that the barriers for women in business are much less today than even 10 years ago. And even if being a woman in your business sector may be an issue to some potential customers, don’t let it be one to you. In business, you set the tone by being a competent professional, so you establish yourself as someone qualified to get the job done and let that speak for itself. I truly believe women are natural leaders and entrepreneurs. So grow your business based on your skill sets and your brain! As women, we have a lot of both!

  1. Step out of your comfort zone and persevere

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO, Meg Whitman, says,

Remember that you can do anything you want to do. Don’t let anyone say, ‘You’re not smart enough… it’s too hard… it’s a dumb idea…no one has done that before…girls don’t do that.’ My mom gave me that advice in 1973. And it allowed me to never worry about what others were saying about my career direction.

 

Shondaland founder and creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with murder, Shonda Rhimes, says,

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them

 

 

Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart, says,

Stick with it. Don’t give up. Defend your ideas, but be flexible. Success seldom comes in exactly the form you imagine it will.

 

 

IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty says,

Growth and comfort do not co-exist

 

 

 

Tara Fela –Durotoye of House of Tara says,

Invest in your idea, be the first to take the courage. If you have so much faith in it, you must have enough faith in it to put all your effort in it. It will encourage others to do so.

 

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says,

Get comfortable being uncomfortable – achieving something that’s never been done before starts with challenging yourself to do things that you’ve never done before.

 

Former head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney and owner of the professional woman’s network 85 Broads, Sallie Krawcheck, also says

Keep a running note of what works and what doesn’t work for you, what you like and what you don’t like, what you’re good and what you aren’t, the work styles that suit you and what doesn’t, where you passions lie and what leaves you cold. The chance of the stars aligning on these fronts in your first job, or even your first couple of jobs, is very low, so you’ll have to keep searching.

  1. Welcome the fear

Bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan says,

For a long time, whenever I was about to tackle a new assignment, I would have this terrifying sense of fear. Then it hit me that if I’m not a little bit terrified, a new project probably isn’t worth pursuing.

 

  1. Never forget the importance of growing your network

Maria Castañón Moats, Chief Diversity Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says;

Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what’s possible. Self-promotion is rarely easy, but it is critical to success. We can’t assume that the people around us understand our talents or know what we’re capable of achieving.

  1. Recognize and grab opportunities everywhere you go

Lawyer and journalist, Star Jones, says,

I’ve always been the kind of person who believes that when opportunity meets preparation there is no job without reach. So the first thing I would say is make sure you are prepared for the job you’re going after. Be sure that your skill set is up to par. The old people used to say, “You’ve got to be twice as good,” and for some reason that still sticks in my head. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but what I do know is striving to be the best in the room has really helped me advance in my career. It has helped me approach business in a way that nothing is out of reach.

I also suggest that whatever it is that you’re passionate about and working towards, keep at it even if it doesn’t happen overnight or right away. It takes time and persistence and you can’t throw your hands up when you feel like you’re just beating your head against the wall. I can’t tell you the number of times people have told me no. Heck some of that has even be chronicled in the media, but that’s ok because I really want women, especially African American executive women, to know that no one gets to define you and put you in a box

Mashable’s CMO, Stacy Martinet also says,

“In chaos comes great opportunity. We’re living in a chaotic time for media and marketing, but with a lot of change and uncertainty can come opportunities to further your career growth. Seize on these moments.

 

 

 

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to fail

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, says,

I always say fail hard, fail fast, fail often,” she said. “I think if you have an idea, you just have to put it out there in the world. If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything!

 

Danielle Weisberg, cofounder of theSkimm, also says,

 When you hear no, say thank you. Use that to make your next pitch better, so you can get to yes.

 

 

 

 

  1. Be flexible

United States Senator, Elizabeth Warren, says

Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road — or when the bumps hit you – you don’t have the fortitude, grace and resiliency to rethink and regroup… Plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.

  1. Don’t lose sight of your goal

TheSkimm cofounder, Carly Zakin, says,

In the day-to-day grind, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the bigger picture or get distracted by shiny opportunities. Staying tethered to a goal has been key to our success so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to empower the women around you and #BeBoldForChange.

Cheers!