Its the beginning of a new year and as always most people will want to achieve better things this year. If I am not mistaken, top priority will be to be more successful on all fronts as even the rich want to be richer...Lol!
6 successful women were asked the "one thing" people should know when starting out a career and being successful at it and below are their responses.
Jessica Alba- Actress, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Honest Co.
Know What You Don't Know
“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. You should never be the smartest person in the room. Worry if you are. ”
Meg Whitman- CEO, HP
Have A Bias For Action
“I would echo what my mother told me, ‘You’ve got to have a bias for action.’ The hockey coaches and the basketball coaches always say, “You will miss a hundred percent of the shots that you never take.” My mother encouraged me to try things that I wasn’t sure I could do. Over my life, I’ve been able to try things, many of which have worked that I didn’t necessarily think they would. Be brave. The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ”
Anne Finucane - Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Leadership Is All About Adaptability
“Darwin said those who survive are neither the strongest nor the most intelligent, it’s those that can adapt to change. And I wish I had thought about that when I was younger because it always seemed to me that you had to be the brightest or the strongest. There’s something to be said for adapting to change. That doesn’t mean abandoning your values, but it does mean recognizing that the environment has changed and absorbing that .”
Nancy Pelosi- House Democratic Leader, The U.S. House of Representatives
Stay Open To Opportunity
“Be ready. Just be ready. You just don’t know what opportunity might be out there. It may not even be a path that they were thinking of. But other people see your possibilities there. I never intended to run for Congress. I never intended to run for leadership. Other people came to me to encourage me to do so. And I was ready.”
Angela Ahrendts - Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Apple
Stay True To You
“I would say always, to thyself be true. We’re all born with what we have. Take what you have and do the best you can with it . Know who you are…Feel your way through life. Don’t over-think your way through life, because I think we’re all guilty of that.
Gayle King - Editor-at-Large, O, The Oprah Magazine; Co-Host, CBS This Morning
It’s All Going To Be Ok
“I would tell myself to relax, that everything works out the way it’s supposed to. If you look back on your life at the things that you stressed out, ‘Oh my gosh, he didn’t ask me out, he didn’t call, I didn’t get that job, I lost that job,’ quite often in the end when one door closes, another one opens. Everything, even though you don’t believe it at the time, works out the way it’s supposed to–the good and the bad.