Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life

Last weekend I went to Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life. The tagline for the weekend was, “Dream big. Live bigger.” We got to hear from inspirational people such as Joanna Coles (Editor in Chief of Cosmo), Amy Cuddy (Social Psychologist), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars), Windsor Hanger (Co-Founder and President of Her Campus Media), Sara Blakely (Creator of Spanx), Sallie Krawcheck (Chair of Ellevate), and Alexa Von Tobel (CEO and Founder of LearnVest). I am going to write more in-depth posts about some of the speakers but here are some of my favorite quotes from the weekend.

Cosmo's Fun Fearless Life

“We have to see opportunities and we have to create them. Dream big. Leave yourself open to the unpredictable.” -Joanna Coles (Editor in Chief of Cosmo)

“Your life has clues for what you like & what you’re good at. Play detective.” -Joanna Coles

“You live and breath by executing your ideas. You have to be able to execute.” -Joanna Coles

“I think it’s very important to be surrounded by people that raise you up!” -Joanna Coles

“I believe the two most important things to success are attitude and drive. It’s the one thing you can control. You are in charge of your own attitude and drive.” -Sara Blakely (Creator of Spanx)

“Stay true to yourself. The best revenge is your own success.” -Sara Blakely

“Real change happens from not doing the same thing everyone else is doing. You have to look at things differently.” -Sara Blakely

“Play your own game. Be your best self. Fake it till you make it. Be your authentic self.” -Megyn Kelly (Fox News Anchor)

“Network. Be confident. Don’t underestimate what you can bring to the table.” -Sallie Krawcheck (Chair Ellevate)

“The concept of The Strength of Weak Ties is that it’s the people in our lives who are distant that lead us to new things. Now is the time to connect with people.” -Dr. Meg Jay (Author of The Defining Generation)

“The Benjamin Franklin Effect is the idea that when we do a favor for someone, we decide we like them more. When you help someone you get a helpers high.” -Dr. Meg Jay

“Young women are so afraid to own their own ambition & ask for what they want. Own your ambition & ask. Get out there and make your own luck.” -Dr. Meg Jay

“If you keep living your life exactly as it is right now, will you be happy where you are in two years?” -Dr. Meg Jay

“Your body language has an affect on your behavior. It can help you get though high stakes stations. When you stand in a Power Pose you feel, and give off the impression, that you are confident, passionate, enthusiastic, captivating, comfortable, and authentic. It gives you presence.” -Amy Cuddy (Social Psychologist)

“Power Poses help you become the best version of yourself. Fake it until you become it.” -Amy Cuddy (Social Psychologist)

“You do a disservice to yourself when you fake it. Be yourself. Building a brand has to start with you.” -Grace Helbig (Comedian and YouTube Personality)

“People think success is a straight & narrow line. Success comes with a lot of bumps in the road and a lot of sacrifice.” -Bella Weems (Founder of Origami Owl)

“There are opportunities out there but they’re not going to come to you. You have to hustle and preserve.” -Windsor Hanger (Co-Founder and President of HerCampus Media)

“It’s all going to be ok, as long as you keep learning from your mistakes & successes along the way.” -Windsor Hanger

“There is no given path for who you are & who you want to be. You have to be humble & gracious.” -Christina Tosi (Chef and Co-Owner of Momofuku Milk Bar)

“Great things are happening right now. You can do it.” -Shay Mitchell (Actress and Blogger)

“The best way to succeed is to help someone else succeed.” -Aliza Licht (SVP Global Communications at Donna Karan)

“It may seem like a mountain at the time when you have a challenge, but it really is about breaking it down into bite-sized challenges where you have accomplishments along the way.” -Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle (Vice President of Marketing at Maybelline)

“It’s about waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and saying, ‘Hey, I accomplished that and now I’m ready to take on the next challenge.'” -Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle

“Don’t underestimate the value of having a good team! You don’t become successful on your own. You have rely on really good people.” -Alicia Quarles (E! News Correspondent)

“If you have a why to live by you can handle any how.” -Jillian Michaels (Trainer)

“You’ll be happier if you spend money on experiences not things.” -Alexa von Tobel (CEO and Founder of LearnVest)

“Follow the 50/20/30 rule for personal finance: 50% essentials, 20% future, and 30% fun!” -Alexa von Tobel

“Don’t be immobilized by the fear of ‘what if.’ It doesn’t have to define you.” -Gabrielle Union (Actress)

“You have to have a passion to make change happen.” -Beverly Bond (Founder of Black Girls Rock)

“If you want to create change, you have to go to where the power lies.” -Nina G. Vaca (CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources)

“Success is an inside job.” -Gabby Bernstein (Motivational Speaker)

“Success should be measured by how much fun you’re having.” -Gabby Bernstein

“Lean towards joy in all given circumstances. Choose joy and happiness in every situation.” -Gabby Bernstein

“The presence that you bring is your greatest source of power.” -Gabby Bernstein

“All the world wants from you is your authentic truth.” -Gabby Bernstein

“Be the light. Bring joy to every situation.” -Gabby Bernstein

“Show up with your highest potential.” -Gabby Bernstein

I hope you feel inspired by these quotes!