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.”


Olivia Newton John

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.”


Michelle Bridges 

Fitness Entrepreneur

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.”

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Oprah Winfrey

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.”


Layne Beachley

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.”

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Elle MacPherson

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.”


Therese Rein 

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.”


Angelina Jolie 

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.


Janine Allis 

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.”

Carolyn Cresswell

Carolyn Creswell 

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.”

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Michelle Obama 

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.”

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Sheryl Sandberg

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”


Ellen DeGeneres 

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.”


Cate Blanchett 

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.

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Katie Page 

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.

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Kylie Minogue

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.”

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Sarina Russo

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.”


Nicole Kidman


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.”


J.K Rowling


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.”

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Emma Thompson

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,”

Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino

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.

By Rebecca

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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.

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