Whether you are starting a business or thinking about starting one, chances are you’ve got questions, and a lot of them. We’ve decided to find jet-setters who give some of the most practical, yet life-transforming advice for women all over the world.
1. Hire Your Weaknesses
When Jessica Alba started The Honest company, it was because she had a dream to transform the lives of families all over the world. Her mission was extremely clear “I wanted safe and effective consumer products that were beautifully designed, accessibly priced, and easy to get.” Several years later, with a billion dollar household products empire, one of the major things she focused on was hiring people who excelled in areas she did not. “You never want to be the smartest person in the room,” says Alba.
2. Don’t Seek Validation from Others
At 29 years old, when Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX, invested her entire life savings of $5,000 to start her brand, the last thing she was worried about was what others thought about it. She made a decision early on not to tell anyone about the project that she was close to. She knew what she wanted and went for it. As far as her family was concerned, “My family knew that ‘Sara’s working on some idea,’ but I never told them what it was,” she says. “Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multi-million-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.” Always stand firm and believe in yourself, it will take you further than you can imagine.
3. Get Enough Sleep
That’s right; sleep. Arianna Huffington is one of the biggest advocates of sleep within the entrepreneurial space that We’ve ever seen, and from her success over the past few years with The Huffington Post, we’ll take it. Her point, you don’t have to burn yourself out to succeed. In her own words, “We have to change the culture to catch up with the science,” she says. “That has happened many times in the past. We used to believe that the sun revolved around the earth and that lead to a lot of shipwrecks. Now we see a lot of human wrecks among entrepreneurs.” So make sure to get your beauty rest!
4. Believe In Yourself
Perhaps one of the most successful women in the fashion design industry, Diane von Furstenberg, has given some of the best advice over the years about self confidence, and believing in the dreams you have. Even while being such a powerful figure in fashion, during an interview with BizJournals, Furstenberg said she still feels unsure of herself at times, “Some days I’m confident, some days I feel like a loser, there are no successful people who never feel like losers, they don’t exist. Confidence is a matter of being disciplined about everything you do.”
5. Be True to Yourself
Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the world. She’s transformed her hardships into some of her greatest successes. When Oprah was rejected by ABC; she left WLS, started Harpo Productions, and launched her own show. This allowed her to stay truly authentic to who she was, and set her apart from all other networks in television. She says, “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.”
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