Subject: 10 Career Tips from Our Favorite Girl Bosses

I found this killer article on Brit+Co and haddddd to share with you all. Enjoy and dont give me any of the credit. 

Getting started in your career is no easy feat. More competition than ever before + a crappy economy isn’t exactly a great combination. But you’ve got dreams, girl, and you shouldn’t let a couple hurdles get you down. If you’re in need of some inspiration to keep on trekking, look to these 15 girl bosses and absorb all the professional wisdom they have to give.

1. Pay your dues. J.Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, is practically the poster child for working your way up. At 21 she joined the company as an assistant to the assistant to the person in charge of rugby shirts. 24 years later, she’s president and executive creative director of the billion-dollar brand. “There’s this idea that everybody has to have everything right away,” Lyons tells Marie Claire. “But you have to let the slow burn happen. I wasn’t the superstar. I had to work for it. Really long hours.” 


2. Have a definite vision. YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan tells Forbes, “Just like you wouldn’t set out on a road trip without knowing if you are going east or west, you have to know what you want to accomplish. I knew I wanted to inspire women and build confidence, so everything [from that point on] was built around that goal.” 

3. Take advice with a grain of salt. When you’re just starting out, you’re bound to get loads of different advice from everyone you talk to. You should definitely take it all in, but don’t let it scare you out of doing something you feel is right. “It’s important to take advice but not all of the advice,” Nasty Gal’s founder Sophia Amoruso tells Who What Wear. “It’s good to learn from other people’s mistakes, but you have to learn from your own too.” 


4. Don’t let the roadblocks distract you. In an interview with Glamour, writer, actress, and producer Mindy Kaling says, “My advice is always not to focus on anyone telling you-you can’t do anything or the politics of your situation, but to just focus on the situation…. I could spend my entire life, doing panels on being a chubby woman of color writing a TV show, and it would be useful to some people, but I wouldn’t be writing my TV show. And all my competition, all the white men who are doing the same thing as me, are not doing those panels — they’re just getting better and better at their job.” 


5. Set achievable goals. While you might have a few major career goals you want to achieve (i.e. becoming a CEO, earning a degree, etc), it’s also important to set short-term goals that will help get you there. On her blog, Lauren Conrad writes, “Think in the long term, but make your goals as specific as possible and revisit them every day. Create a vision board or a list and keep it where you will see it every morning. Dream big and you will achieve big things.”


6. Don’t be anyone other than yourself. Daily Show correspondent (ahem, and our wishful pick for Daily Show *host*) and comedian Jessica Williams tells Mother Jones that when she auditioned for the Comedy Central show she had green hair and was fresh out of college. She says, “It’s impossible to be perfect, and you won’t do a good job if you’re too focused on proving yourself to others.” 


7. Find professional role models. Whether it’s a mentor or a historic figure, having a list of people who you look up and respect in your field is crucial. In her memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler tells readers, “Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself.” Read what they like to read, figure out how they broke into their industry and see how their method can work with yours. 


8. Confidence is key. If you’re constantly doubting your work, others will begin to doubt it (and you!) too. During a trip to the UK, First Lady Michelle Obama visited students at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson girls’ school. She told them, “Success is not about the background you are from, it is about the confidence that you have and the effort you are willing to invest.”


9. Be nice to people. It sounds so simple, but it is oh-so-very important to remember. In her book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham writes, “Respect isn’t something you command through intimidation and intellectual bullying. It’s something you build a long life of treating people how you want to be treated and focusing on your mission.” 


10. Keep yourself busy. Things happen when you *make* them happen. If you keep putting that book idea or video project off, it won’t ever become anything more than a great idea. Tavi Gevinson, a blogger since age 11 and founder of the website Rookie, puts it best when she says, “The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option.”

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Hannah Rafter