What is it that sets successful women apart from the rest? We have researched some extraordinary successful women and found 21 life skills that have helped them to succeed in their careers and throughout their lives.
1. Be Fearless
“Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.”
Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist, Actress, Humanitarian, Cancer Survivor.
2. Be Willing to Recharge
“You see all these opportunities and you want to run with them, but there are costs. You have to look after yourself – book a holiday and get out of Dodge City – so you can decompress and realign, and with that comes more creativity.”
3. Be Significant
“The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow.”
Talk Show Host and Media Magnate
4. Be Aware
“You’ve always got to be aware of why you don’t win; otherwise you’ll keep losing. Every mistake is a learning experience and, hopefully, you won’t make the same mistake again.”
Pro Surfer, Aim for the Stars the Layne Beachley Foundation
5. Be a DIYer (Do It Yourselfer)
“I became aware from an early age that if I wanted to create change in my life, I had to do it myself.”
Model, Entrepreneur, Television Host, Actress.
6. Be a Companion, Be Humble, Be Useful
“It was about helping people find, win and keep jobs that they could do. To walk beside them as they transformed their lives. This is a privilege. This is our work. This is my life’s purpose.”
Entrepreneur, Rehabilitation Counsellor, 26th Australian Prime Minister’s Wife
7. Be a Strong Believer in Your Choices
“People say you are going the wrong way when it’s simply a way of your own.”
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian.
8. Be Passionate
“Passion gets you to the next level. Passion to make it work. Passion to care enough to find a solution to every problem. When passion plays a part, it does not feel like work because it is something you love.”
Entrepreneur, Boost Juice Bars Founder and Managing Director, Executive Director of Retail Zoo.
9. Be Purposeful
“To be driven by passion is more likely to bring success than to be driven by money. It’s an unrealistic notion that money makes you happy. It’s about loving what you do, having purpose and feeling that you’re making a difference. Also, you can have an interesting career and still be a decent human being.”
Founder of Carman’s.
10. Be a Student for Life
“Commit to your education, because every time you stretch your mind you boost your confidence and power and credibility to your voice.”
First Lady of the U.S.A.
11. Be Authentic
“Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical, and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”
Author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Business Leader, founder of Leanin.org, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer
12. Be True to You
“Find out who you are and be that person. That`s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come”
Comedian, T.V Host
13. Be Your Word
“Things present themselves to you, and it’s how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are. We all say a lot of things, don’t we, about who we are and how we think. But in the end it’s your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character.”
Academy Award Winning Actress
14. Be the Creator of Your Destiny
“I had a choice, to stand still or move forward, to let things happen or to make things happen, Everyday I wake up I make a choice not to let the world decide for me, I decide for me, I decide to get going.”
Singer, Songwriter, Actress.
15. Be a Meaningful Contributor
Katie Page accepts roles where she feels she can make a meaningful contribution and those which reflect her personal passions.
Chief Executive, Harvey Norman.
16. Be Willing to Learn
Kylie Minogue credits a self-help book with her success. Australia’s Queen of Pop is a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s 2005 tome Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking. Minogue says the author’s words have prompted her to make some major changes in her life, including joining The Voice UK, and signing with Jay Z’s record label last year.
Singer, T.V Host, Actress. Entrepreneur, Writer.
17. Be Willing to Change
Russo credits continual self evolution as a critical factor in her success. “It’s all about appreciation that your experiences of the past mould your future and as a result I strongly believe that with that self belief… you can change, you can improve and you can become an extraordinary entrepreneur and forge on that self belief.”
Entrepreneur, Property Investor, Recruitment, Education and Training.
18. Be Self Disciplined & Work Hard
What does Kidman credit her success … choice or chance? ”An enormous amount of chance,” she said. ”But you’ve also got to be willing to work hard, and I think discipline is an important part.”
19. Be Open to Failure
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
20. Be Creative
“If you’re actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you’ll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.”
Actress, Screenwriter, Comedian, Author.
21. Be Courageous
“The outside environment has inspired us to move more quickly, to be more radical in our approach, to be more courageous,”
CEO of Pearson, which owns the Financial Times newspaper and book publisher Penguin Group.
Be inspired and learn from the wisdom of these extraordinary women, because we have in us all the power to change, evolve and move forward.
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With a background in Retail and Banking this girl has worked at all levels of employment, from cleaning to management Rebecca has never been out of work. As a mother of two she understands the challenges women face throughout their career and adapts to whatever life throws her way.