Whether it’s the cutthroat world of fashion, entertainment or real estate, the lovely ladies featured in our Women of Style series come from all walks of life. And as to be expected, all wield a killer sense of style and professional accolades to match.
To help you combat the Monday morning blues, we’ve corralled work-related words of wisdom from 22 kick-ass women who know a thing or two about the power of self-motivation.
“Going back to school was the best thing I ever did for myself. I had talked about doing this for a while and was envious of my sisters and friends who were studying. The grass is always greener…It’s a luxury to be able to go back to school.”
More from Christy, here.
"When you choose to go into a creative field, you are choosing a roller coaster ride. A creative career is not the most stable choice. That said, I think the best advice I’ve received is that if I’m going to choose to be an actress, it has to be a real passion so that the roller coaster ride becomes a part of what fuels you as an artist. 'If you don’t love it, I suggest you quit,' was the actual quote that someone once said to me.”
More from Kate, here.
“My first boss told me that people are judged by how they do the little things. I couldn’t agree with this statement more. How quickly you offer to help others, the way you shake hands, email etiquette, punctuality, initiative, how early you come in and how late you stay – these are the characteristics I notice most.”
More from Mandana, here.
“Grace taught me that I will never be like other models, nor have the same career but I must forge my way in the industry as an individual. It's the best, most true advice I've ever received. I think that people still work with me because I am able to be a blank canvas and transform into many different faces but I am also filled with personality and life.”
More from Karen, here.
"Success is happiness, happiness is success! Life isn't about material things, it's about family and friends."
“When I first started, some people in fashion thought I would never get jobs, let alone go a long way. I always say no matter what field you work in you must be comfortable in your own shoes. Let YOU be the only thing that defines you.”
More from Alek, here.
“To execute well, you need to stay focused and you need to help the team stay focused. You have to balance the big ideas and constant ideation with prioritizing solid execution. So prioritizing, and getting to as much as you can, while maintaining your sanity, is definitely a challenge.”
More from Julie, here.
"My father has always advised me to find what it is I’m passionate about and then strive for excellence. If you are passionate about what you do, and have a very strong work ethic, you have a great chance at success."
More from Ivanka, here.
“You try and balance it all, but it's not easy. The most important tool is a sense of humor and perspective." - Pam
“Our story at the end of the day is a fairytale about two local girls with a dream. The lesson is that dreams do come true. That said, Juicy was not an overnight success. It took many years to build the brand and find our legs." - Gela
More from Pam and Gela, here.
“You can’t do that.” When people told me it was impossible to have high performing beauty products that were also good for you and that would change the world, it ignited a fire inside me. I’m a great believer in making your own your dreams come true, which is why I created my own beauty line."
More from Josie, here.
“Life is a marathon not a sprint. It’s important to keep the long-term vision in perspective when building an organization and a brand. It is not always about the quick wins and sometimes hard to turn down opportunities. Strategic development is what sustains and helps scale endeavors.”
More from Lauren, here.