My Favorite Career Profile Quotes From 2017

My Career Profile posts are unquestionably my favorite posts on Elana Lyn. The Internet has revolutionized mentorship by making it so easy to learn from people you admire. I know that I’ve learned so much from the women I’ve featured — and I hope you have as well. Here are my favorite quotes from the women featured in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014!

“Surround yourself with people who keep you curious and inspire you to be better at anything and everything.” —Jeni Lambertson, The Constellations

“Get rid of the idea of the way things ‘should’ be. Craft a life that works for you on your own terms. Free yourself from old ideas and restrictions about life, work and love. Be true to what matters to you, and chase the things that matter.” —Ann Shoket, The Big Life

“Be bold in your pursuits and don’t rely on others to give you opportunities. Create them for yourself.”— Jasmeet Sidhu, MasterClass

“My story works because I’ve learned tough lessons and been told no.” —Lauren McGoodwin, Career Contessa

“Growth means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Remember, your dreams are on the other side of your fears. Courage isn’t the absence of fear but the willingness to feel fear but do it anyway.” —Naomi Mdudu, The Lifestyle Edit

“We love to frame everything in the context of an overnight success, but success rarely ever happens that way. We don’t hear about other peoples’ struggles enough, so when we struggle we feel like failures because we’re led to believe our heroes never dealt with the same difficulties, which is just not true. Everyone stumbles, but the great get back up and keep fighting.”  —Nur-E Farhana Rahman, Knotty Gal

“Be proactive, not reactive. Take action if you don’t like something. Don’t complain.” —Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise, Sakara Life

“My mum always told me to just keep going. It’s a lesson that applies to work and to life. Understanding that nothing is fatal builds resilience and helps you evolve and grow.” —Nisha Dua, BBG Ventures

“Create your own luck. Rather than sitting around, waiting for your lucky break, put yourself out there and make it happen.” —Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox

“Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, listen to your gut and visualize your success. Trust that the universe will lead you to that success. We create our own realities.” —Rachel Parcell, Pink Peonies

“Ultimately, women can have it all, but they need to loop others in along the way.” —Arielle Patrick, Edelman

“Networking mostly just means being nice. There’s an assumption that when you’re fresh into your career, networking is inherently opportunistic, but my best connections come from striking up normal conversations with people who are in my industry and becoming real friends with them.” —Katie Becker, Coveteur

“You should also have a network of other women (and men) that will support you on your journey. Don’t try to go it alone.” —Dr. Christyl Johnson, NASA

“Be the person you want your children to have as a role model. Listen to what people say, as well as what they aren’t saying. Be confident, honest and kind.” —Liz Dee, Sarah Dee, and Jessica Dee Sawyer, Smarties Candy Company

“Don’t compare their highlight reel to your day-to-day. The reality is, you have no idea how they got there or what struggles they faced on their journey, and it’s very likely that they faced a lot. It is better to focus on what you’re doing and not what anyone else is.” —Danit Zamir and Julia Capalino, Bloomerent

“Trying everything you think you might be interested in is the fastest way to build an interesting life, which is the ultimate goal.” —Molly Ford Beck, Author, Consultant, and Blogger

“Keep your eyes, mind and heart open to new learning opportunities. Don’t be too siloed.” —Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, Well+Good

“Remember: No ‘thing’ can generate happiness. No goal met or accomplishment checked off the list can provide true fulfillment. Happiness, satisfaction, and contentment are found within, which makes understanding yourself a step you can’t skip or take lightly.” —Kimberly Barnes, ContentPark

“Don’t be afraid to take a risk in your career, whether it’s taking a new job, forging a new career path or starting your own passion project. If you’re not a little scared, you’re probably not challenging yourself to reach your full potential.” —Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, Tone It Up

“The difference between succeeding and failing may be just in the speed you can dust off, regroup and start running again.” —Susan Tynan, Framebridge

“Take ownership of your career. No one is going to care more or know what you want better than you.” —Rachel ten Brink, Scentbird and Deck of Scarlet

“Don’t worry if you don’t have the best idea – you’ll iterate on it. Don’t worry if you don’t have the financial means – you’ll start slowly. Don’t sit on your great idea. Build it.” —Mia Saini Duchnowski and Laura Lisowski Cox, Oars + Alps

“The biggest lesson is honestly to be yourself. The reason you are there is because you are different. You are original.” —Lucy Sykes, Author and Fashion Designer

“Don’t spend so much time looking at your neighbor’s grass that you forget to water your own.” —Jaclyn Johnson, Create & Cultivate

“Always have a goal and work toward it every single day. Everyone starts at the bottom and, if you have to be an assistant for a few years to someday reach your goal of becoming CEO, then be the very best assistant that the company has ever had.” —Christy Doramus, Crowns By Christy

“You have to take control over your career because no one else will do it for you.” —Alexandra Cavoulacos, The Muse

“Take in all the advice and suggestions people throw your way, but in the end, listen to your gut. No one else is in your shoes or has the sum total of experiences you have, so you need to make the decision that is best for you.” —Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping

“My goal is for my site to be a destination for anyone who entertains, loves their home, and appreciates beautiful things!” —Amanda Gluck, Fashionable Hostess

“Recognize that you’re the only person standing in your way, and the faster you can stop listening to the little voice that says you can’t do it, the faster you’ll start really living! You’ll be surprised the doors that open when you trust yourself and put in the work to get there.” —Julia Gudish Krieger, VillageLuxe

“It’s a tough job to be a modern woman: Professional and family responsibilities can be overwhelming sometimes! Take care of yourself.” —Evgeniya Khromina, Panah

“You have to keep challenging yourself, creating more work for yourself, looking toward what’s next and continuously setting higher and higher goals for yourself and your company as a whole. And the basis for all of this is passion—if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, it will be significantly harder to succeed at it.” —Stephanie Kaplan, Her Campus

“There are a lot of things that we’d like to see happen – whether for our own careers, for others, or in our personal lives, and we spend a lot of time and energy scheming to make them happen, rather than just ask for them directly from those who have the authority to act. It’s super scary! But immensely rewarding.” —Ellyn Canfield, The NYC Mayor’s Office

“The lesson for everyone is this: Your story is worth it and there will always be people who will be willing to listen without judgment the whole way through.” —Emily Belden, Author

“Observe how much time you spend judging yourself and others. Note that it’s a total and complete energy suck and if you can work on it, you’ll have so much more emotional bandwidth to do positive things. Also, work on giving less f*cks.” —Claire Wasserman, Ladies Get Paid

“It’s important to remember that it’s as much about the journey as where you plan on ending up. Time is going to pass anyway, might as well work on something you’re excited about. Don’t let perfection stop your progress.” —Reese Evans, Yes Supply Co.

“Don’t write an entire career or industry off just because you think you won’t fit in or don’t see others there already that resemble you. In fact, those are the places where your voice is needed most.” —Laurence Bradford, Learn to Code With Me and Teachable

“You’re only as strong as you let yourself be—knowing your worth internally will help you exude that confidence externally too.” —Emily Drewry, Forbes

“Be confident in what you do well, but adaptable about how you do it. I felt a lot of pressure in my early twenties to be all things to all people—especially employers. Experience has made me more self-assured about what I excel at and more honest about what I suck at.” —Lauren Maffeo, Get App and Journalist

“When you’re the highest possible expression of yourself, all the right opportunities and people will be drawn onto your path.” —Maxie McCoy, Writer and Speaker

“Find your own way and stop listening to others dictate what’s best for you and your business.” —Jenny Dorsey, Wednesdays NYC and Jenny Dorsey Consulting

“Take the path of least regret. I always say that we regret the things we don’t do more than the things that we do. When in doubt, take the leap and if it doesn’t work out move forward.” —Amanda Freeman, SLT

“Once I decided to let go of every comfort, excuse and shred of doubt is when the miracles started to happen. I took a chance on myself and my dreams and every day I see miracles happen that push me forward. Choosing to believe whole-heartedly in yourself is the best advice I can give.” —Lillian Garcia, The Way U

“Do what makes you happy. Don’t get caught up in the societal pressure of what’s going on around you — just do what makes you happy and makes you feel good. With all that joy and confidence, the rest will fall into place!” —Agathe Assouline-Lichten, Red Velvet NYC

“I wish I knew that it’s ok to not know exactly what you what to do right out of the gate. Sometimes you know exactly where you want to be, but it’s also completely alright to fall into it. Keep your eyes open and find your passion.” —Shannon Maguire, Comedy Central

“Even if there is failure, we will all learn from it and then grow from it.” —Rachel Piskin, ChaiseFitness

“We can do anything we want, the trick is, it’s usually waiting for us just beyond our comfort zone.” —Julia Pimsleur, Million Dollar Women

My Favorite Career Profile Quotes From 2016:

“Women tend to be helpers, which means we often put the needs of others ahead of ourselves. Sometimes your needs, goals, and accomplishments should take center stage.” —Sarah Soden, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City

“Anything is possible with hard work. I really do believe that anything can be accomplished with hard work and never taking the easy road.” —Maggie Lord, Rustic Wedding Chic

“Passion, resilience, and determination. Being an entrepreneur will force you to make a lot of tough choices that a more typical career path won’t have you face. If you don’t have those three things, it will be hard to take those leaps.” —Annie Shafran, Bellgray

“You can be or do anything you want. Whether or not it’s 100% true, doesn’t matter. My dad always told me that my whole life, so I believed it. It powered me through a lot.” —Leah Ginsberg, Forbes

“It’s a group you call your squad. It’s the people who support you, who advise you, who lift you up when you need it, your unconditional professional support system, your girl gang.” —Jessica Bennett, Feminist Fight Club

“If you are in a position of privilege and power and have a voice that can be heard, use it to help bring others up.” —Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

“Believe in what you set out to do. Follow your north star.” —Brit Morin, Brit + Co

“A support system is crucial – one cannot move mountains alone.” —Claudia Mason, model and author

“Do what makes you happy and what brings you the most joy because likely, that’s what you’ll be best at.” —Lucie Fink, Refinery29

“If you’re ever going to commit to doing something, you’d better give it your all.” —Liz Wessel, WayUp

“Work hard, don’t cut corners and be nice to those around you.” —Johanna Lanus, Work With Balance

“The answer is always within you just surround yourself with great people who will ask you great and challenging questions.” —Maja Svensson, Elsa and Me

“Be extraordinary.” —Callie Schweitzer, Time Inc.

“Push past your comfort zone in all facets of life: emotionally, physically and mentally. You’re usually capable of more than meets the eye if you really believe in what you set your mind to.” —Ali Martillotta, BRANDSTYLE Communications

“If you truly believe in something, you will find a way to teach yourself the necessary skills to get the job done. Action is better than inaction.” —Jenna Tanenbaum, GreenBlender

“Always be true to yourself. At the end of the day, you have to go home to yourself. You have to be with yourself. So make sure what you do is representative of who you are and that you feel comfortable to stand behind your work.” —Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided

“My profession brings out my adventurous side, forces me to leave my comfort zone, and exposes me to worlds I would have never otherwise discovered.” —Suzannah Weiss, Freelance Writer

“The best job is one that combines your personal interests with your professional interests. Once you find a profession and job you love, stick to it!” —Jessica Pollack, Crunch Gym

“So my advice is basically you do you! Know yourself, trust your gut, and have the determination to make your dreams a reality.” —Monica Gray, DreamWakers

“Always set goals for yourself. How can you accomplish great things if you don’t know what they are?”  —Amanda Galvin, LinkedIn

“I have a general rule of thumb to say ‘yes’ more than I say ‘no’ to new opportunities and challenges – and that has guided me.” —Tracy Brower, Mars Drinks

“Be passionate about your career and it will never feel like work.” —Lisa Ronis, Lisa Ronis Matchmaking

“Find great mentors and maintain those relationships vigorously.” —Alyssa Rapp, AJR Ventures

“You know yourself better than you think you do, and if you trust your instincts and follow your gut, you’ll end up in the right place.” —Carolyn Stine, Club Monaco

“Trust your intuition, your instinct, and find the joy in a few leaps-of-faith along the way. That’s where the magic happens.” —Elizabeth Lane, quarterlane

“Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. I used to associate mistakes with failure rather than learning something. I was really hard on myself early in my career.” —Claire Cook, Girls Who Code

“Sometimes if we just sit with ourselves in the discomfort and let it move through us instead of acting out or responding right away, we start to feel empowered instead of powerless.” —Ellie Burrows, MNDFL Meditation

“Be honest with yourself. Respect yourself. Listen to that small, still voice that tells you try something new, to push forward, not to give up. Life’s too short to live with regrets.” —Dr. Melanie Ross Mills, Therapist

“You only get what you ask for, so find out what you need to be happy, and get after it.” —Kate Gremillion, Mavenly + Co.

“Find three hobbies you love: one that could make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.” —Tracy Dungo, Kalaki Riot

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help. Starting out, I thought I had to have it all figured out, otherwise no one would take me seriously. However, being humble and asking for help goes a long way.”—Meika Hollender, Sustain

“Learning to live comfortably in the unknown was at first a challenge but is now a mindset that is filled with rewards.” —Olivia Fay, Rallier

“Surround yourself with other like-minded woman who motivate and inspire you.” —Alison Chace, Pink Wisdom

“There’s two women you should connect with at every job: one woman you look up to, and one woman who looks up to you.” —Caitlin AbberWomen’s Health

“Look forward, not backward — and don’t stress over trying to control things you have no control over.” —Deanne KaczerskiInStyle

“Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t hide your failures. Your life will be a series of failures, learn from them and become braver by them.” —Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code

“Progress, not perfection.” —Bigi Sann, Bandier

“Trust your potential. Visualize where you want to be, and map out what you think it will take for you to get there – and you will.” —Paris RouzatiAbout.me

“Trust yourself. Usually you’re the one who has the answer.” —Nicole Ross, USA Fencing

“People care about action, not talk. If you can deliver, you’re golden.” —Pinsi Lei, Pinsi Lei Creative

“Don’t just let life happen to you. Be able to visualize what you want.” —Lucy Kaylin, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Keep going. If you love writing – and I believe that you must – keep plugging away. There will be tough days, days where you don’t write a word, but sitting down to face the blank page or screen, is such an important part of the process. Consistency is half the battle.” —Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Novelist

“I think it’s important to be open minded. You might not land that dream job right away, but it doesn’t mean that each step along the way isn’t going to teach you a few important lessons. Everyone has to start somewhere.” —Dani MartinsonStyleWatch

“Trust yourself and know you are exactly where you need to be today. I have a racing mind, so it’s important for me to remember I have to be patient and persistent and take care of myself during the process.” —Katie Corcoran, Lifestyle Coach and Author

“Work hard! Be persistent. Keep pushing. Never give in — and never give up. Hard work always pays off. There are no short cuts. You must pay your dues. It is also very important to figure out what you love so you can be truly happy in your professional life. I never know what the time is — if you never know what time it is during your workday, it means you truly love what you do.” —Kris Ciulla, CINER

“Always raise your hand for things. I honestly can’t remember who told me this, which is terrible, but it’s really become my professional philosophy. No one is going to give you an opportunity you don’t ask for, so be proactive and persistent.” —Macaela Mackenzie, Ketchum

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.’ It’s so true — no matter what industry you’re in, you never, ever forget when someone’s been nice to you. Kindness goes a long way. Also, I’m a full advocate of “shaking it off” — the stress, the self-doubt, the second-guessing oneself — on a regular basis.” —Elana FishmanStyleWatch

My Favorite Career Profiles From 2015:

“Don’t be scared to do it alone (as daunting as it is to attend networking events or something on your own). I highly recommend putting yourself in those uncomfortable situations for those are the experiences that challenge you and offer you the most reward.” —Emily Merrell, INTERMIX and City Society

“Get out there and make it happen! Something I’ve learned over the years is that you need to look out for yourself and make yourself heard. You want a promotion or raise? You need to pitch yourself and not be afraid to ask for what you want, otherwise how will anyone know you even want it? Don’t hold yourself back, be brave and speak up.” —Amanda ShapinCosmopolitanand Seventeen

“Nothing is ever as scary as you think it is.” —Jordana Kier and Alexandra Friedman, LOLA

“Accept that there’s no such thing as balance. Some days you’re going to be awesome at one thing and other days you’ll be awesome at something else. Follow your heart. Different decisions are right for different people. Do what makes you happy and those around you will also be happy.” —Kari Saitowitz, The Fhitting Room

“Don’t let fear get in the way—you are largely only limited by your own mind.” —Jane Mosbacher Morris, To The Market

“Wayne Gretzky once said, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ While I’m sure he meant it as a hockey metaphor, he’s absolutely right. If you don’t make the attempt, you’ll certainly fail. If you try, sure, there’s a chance you might fail. But you could also succeed. Hard work and determination go a long way. Besides, who wants to live life with regrets?” —Marissa Driscoll, The Girl Scouts of the USA

“Be the first one in and the last to leave. I know that’s hard, but before the hubby, house and children—if you really want a career, not just a job—your twenties are the time for hustle. Zero in on successful people in your field and absorb everything you can from them. Attend their seminars, read their research, overhear the way they converse. Do two things as much as you can—travel cheaply and save as much of your hard earned dough as possible.” —Kate Westervelt, Wayfair

“Don’t be afraid to ask. Whether you are asking for an assignment on a project, a raise, or a promotion you always have to ask. I learned early on in my career that if you don’t ask, you generally won’t receive. It’s rare to find a manager who is always ahead of the curve in advocating for you, so you need to speak up and advocate for yourself (of course, you must also present the ‘why’ but that’s the easy part). This also applies to so many other situations in life and we may miss out on opportunities if we fail to ask the key questions. How will you know if you can get better pricing on a deal if you didn’t ask? How will you know what’s on someone’s mind if you didn’t ask? You may not always get the answer you want, but at least you can walk away from every situation feeling like no stone was unturned and you did your absolute best to get what you needed.” —Chelsea Kocis, SWERVE

“So what I learned is, you need to blog for the love of what you’re writing about and stay focused on that. As much as possible, try not to worry about things like pageviews, feedback, comparing yourself to others, growth or lack thereof, etc. If you feel burned out, take a break! But don’t have the attitude of all or nothing like I did.” —Jackie Clair, York Avenue and Operating Room Nurse

“The most important thing you can be is determined. Passion gets you started: Determination gets you over the goal line.” —Alesya Opelt, Alesya Bags

“The best piece of advice that I have received is to ‘tap into your intuition and learn to listen to it.’ It’s the best guiding principle for my life both personally and professionally. I’ve learned, and I’m continually learning, to avoid distractions because of my intuition.” —Tiannia Barnes, Tiannia Barnes

“I believe our thoughts are self-fulfilling prophecies. Pessimistic thoughts become negative feelings and translate to negative actions, even subconsciously. I love the notion that if we believe great things are coming our way, they’re already half way there.” —Samantha Emrich, Ketchum and Catching Dragonfly

“That it’s okay to fail. I was so scared of making mistakes that it kept me from taking on bigger projects and opportunities to grow. I stayed small so I could master the tasks I was doing. Since starting my business, my relationship with failure has been redefined. I’m failing all the time and have realized that failure is just a milestone in the process towards success. If I had known and lived that early on, my experience starting my career would have been very different.” —Ashley Feinstein, Knowing Your Worth

“As much as you want to have all the answers and have it all figured out, there are things you’ll wish you did differently, but things really do have a way of working out as they are meant to, try not to worry so much.” —Caroline Shifflett, Tory Burch

“I think the most important thing young professional women can do is respect one another. It is incredibly frustrating to see the lack of respect or the way women talk down to other women. We have to set a good example for our future daughters and other young female professionals and raise each other up!” —Amanda Keegan, Good Morning America

“Luck is something that’s truly found at the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” —Rhonesha Byng, Her Agenda

“I’m not sure who said it, but I love this one: ‘Amazing people do not just happen.’” —Evann Clingan, 360i and Evan Clingan

“Comparing yourself and your career to those around you is an easy trap to fall into, especially when you live in NYC. You are surrounded by some of the brightest, most driven people in the world. Let that energy be a source of inspiration and motivation rather than comparison. Everyone’s career is their own journey and there is no one definition of success.” —Alexandra Moncure, Financial Times

“Work hard. Pay attention. Ask questions. Listen.” —Bridie Clark Loverro, Andra Newman, and Betsy O’Reilly, Quad Jobs

“I’ve kept the same quote taped to my computer monitor for the last 3 years. The quote is by Maya Angelou and reads, ‘The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor, and style.’ I love this mantra for two reasons. Firstly, I think it’s both the most unusual and spot-on choice of words I’ve ever heard: passion, compassion, humor, and style. We can all only hope to embody those traits daily. (Right now, I’m shooting for just one day of the week.) And secondly, I never want to consider myself just ‘surviving.’ That breaks my heart. Whether professionally or personally, this mantra is a good reminder that if I’m not in a place, position, or relationship where I’m thriving, it’s time to make a change.” —Carly Potock, Google

“You are smarter than you know and more capable than you feel. Remember that; then just start.” —Jenna Arak, Jenna Arak Modern Day Storyteller

“I feel like it’s kind of weird to be giving advice when I haven’t graduated yet, but here’s the advice a guy gave me last week when he accidentally thought I was a college senior and started spewing all sorts of wisdom: ‘Embrace the panic, and enjoy the ride.’” —Lily Herman, The Prospect

“The best advice I was given and would give other entrepreneurs is that a ‘no,’ doesn’t really mean a ‘no,’ it just means you have to be persistent and stick with it until you get a ‘yes.’ Also, entrepreneurship is all about being able to take calculated risks, you have to approach it with a sense of adventure and not be bogged down by fear of failure. You can’t worry about failure too much because every failure you can eventually turn into a success. To get ahead, you have to be able to jump in.” —Agnieszka Burnett, Nomaterra

“Stay focused on you, and not what anyone else is doing. Don’t compare yourselves to others. Strive for greatness; be polite yet bold. If all of a sudden you want to take your career in another direction, DO IT. It’s never too late to just start all over. I switched the direction of my career after two years, anything is possible.” —Micaela English, Town and Country

“Be proactive. Don’t only do what you’re told. Find a better process or develop a new program that will help you stand out and be remembered.” —Tracey Skaler, Seventeen

“My dad once told me: ‘No one else knows what they’re doing, either.’ So many women—myself included—have this tendency to assume that everyone else has it all together, that we’re the only ones who are second-guessing ourselves. And it couldn’t be further from the truth. You learn specific skills over time, of course, but then life throws you into a completely different arena where those skills aren’t even applicable anymore. We’re all getting knocked down and crawling back to our feet over and over…but we only see our own stumbles.” —Julie Schechter, FitBallet

“Be curious, ask questions when you have them, and set goals for yourself in all areas of your life. Also, be flexible. It is good to have a routine that works for you but it is also important to be spontaneous. That is how you meet new people and expose yourself. I think that some of the greatest moments are those that happen unexpectedly.” —Madeleine Casella, The Museum of Modern Art

“If you are on the right road, keep your head down, do good work, and press forward.  You’ll get there little by little every day — and speak up when you’re ready for more responsibility!”—Meagan Hooper, bSmart Guide

“I loved the part in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In when she writes about the best question an interviewee has ever asked her. The person she was interviewing asked, ‘What is the company’s biggest problem and what can I do to solve it?’ I think as you are networking, that is the most important question that you can possibly ask anyone. Not only is it a good question, you are essentially asking what that person really needs, but you are also asking what can you do to help, and people really do remember that, especially when you follow-through.” —Katie Schloss, Three Jane

“Don’t be afraid of hard work and always say yes. The early years of your career are critical for growth – work hard, always be willing to help out and don’t be afraid to speak up – especially when you have an idea!” —Cait Weingartner, Pretty and Fun

“I’ve always been inspired by this quote by Diane Von Furstenberg: ‘I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.’ Becoming a Lovely It Girl is all about embracing who you are and letting go of who you think you should be.” —Michela Aramini, SELF and The Lovely It Girl

“Far too often we are hesitant to firmly answer a question if we are only 90% sure of an answer or caveat our opinions with phrases such as ‘I think,’ even when we are 100% sure. We know a lot and need to be better at touting our knowledge and opinions with confidence, but it’s not an easy thing to change overnight. Paying attention every time you start a sentence with ‘I think’ or ‘I feel’ is a great place to start.” —Dorie Golkin Smith and Emelyn Northway, Of Mercer

“Change is good: Embrace it and go for the flow—but set definitive goals for yourself, and fight for the thing you want. Also: Negotiate your salary. Always. You owe it to yourself, and to women everywhere.” —Elizabeth Kiefer, Refinery 29

“Whatever you do, be true to yourself. Authenticity is #1. My best friend always reminds me of this. You cannot break down boundaries without being yourself! This goes for branding…and everything else in life, really.” —Jessy Dover, Dagne Dover

“Being genuinely nice goes a really long way. This industry is so small. People don’t forget that you had a positive attitude during a rough close, or you were kind enough to forward that pitch, or return a publicist’s email, even when the answer is no. People want to work with people who are pleasant to be around and your attitude is a big indicator of future success.” —Abbe WrightGlamour

“Life is short and my parents always said, work hard, stay open and follow your passion because you never know where you’ll end up. I have to say, starting a business from nothing and growing it every year and the challenges you face and running it day to day – I’ve never learned more or been happier.” —Jeannette Yudes, Peyton and Clark

“When running a business it’s important to be fair, firm and compassionate. I try to live up to that daily. I also am a firm believer in breaking out of your comfort zones.” —Stephanie Middleburg, Middleburg Nutrition

“Just remember, it’s not a straight and narrow path — there are ups and downs and twists and turns. Don’t hold on too tightly to any expectations about how you think your career is going to go, because you’re in for some fun surprises!” —Dana Gereboff and Brooke Polson, Love Detailed

“Be yourself. At this time in our life, it’s so easy to compare yourself to other young women and feel inadequate. You are on your own path at your own pace. Be happy with your experience, and if you aren’t happy, make a change.” —Danielle Leach, Search Solution Group

“Work hard and be nice to people. You never know who is going to help you out later down the road or notice that extra three hours you put in one night to organize all of the photographs in the runway show look books. Being humble and grateful is always a plus, too.” —Kaitlyn SullivanW Magazine

“Don’t feel pressured to always be ‘creative’ and ‘on.’ Sometimes the best ideas come when you least expect it—just always work on being the best worker with the strengths you have.” —Elizabeth DidoraReal Simple

“The first is to be patient. I still struggle with that – but if you work hard, ask questions and are eager to learn, things will happen. Second, forget comparison. By comparing yourself to anyone else you’re wasting time – time that you could spend investing in yourself, your career, and developing the skills you need to realize the hopes and dreams for your career.” —Lauren Pruner, Weber Shandwick and PR Blonde

“Savor the small accomplishments: When you have a big dream, it can be easy to beat yourself up for not ‘being where you want to be.’ Be proud of yourself for everything you accomplish here and now. Your dream will only continue to get bigger as you grow more and more.” —Samantha Cooper, Trend Tribe

“I try to stand up for millennials as much as I can because I really like our generation. I think we are hardworking. I think we are optimistic. I like that we don’t accept doing things the same way because ‘that’s how it’s always been done’. I guess my advice would be to just keep going, keep making things, keep chasing things make you happy.” —Amanda Greeley, Tink + Tiger

“There will be storms to weather, there will be struggles, there will be great rewards and great disappointments. When you are at your lowest point, you will still need to be able to say, ‘This is worth it. I am strong enough for this. This is what I am meant to do.’ I know it sounds a bit depressing, but it has been the most meaningful, motivational, and hopeful piece of advice I have ever been given. It’s helped me immensely over the last few years.” —Katherine Feiner, Katherine Feiner

“Blissful ignorance is kind of a gift when you’re starting out in any career. When you’re fueled by passion and not by information, you barely notice the late nights in the office, coffee runs in the rain, or early morning meetings. It’s much more fun to learn it all as you experience it.” —Ellie Somerville McNevin, Gray & Co.

“If you find that you are the smartest person in the room – leave the room. You always want to be surrounding yourself with people who will make you better than you were the day before.” —Shala Burroughs, CloudPeeps

My Favorite Career Profile Quotes From 2014:

“My mom always says, ‘You catch more flies with honey.’ Meaning, more opportunities come if you are sweet in your personal interactions. I would also say you are happier if you are kinder to others. Basically: always be nice – at work, in relationships, and to yourself. Can’t go wrong with that plan!” —Molly Ford, Hearst and Pretty, Smart, and Awkward

“Don’t be afraid to take a risk, especially at this time in your life. Don’t be afraid of taking a chance on a job, or country, or other experience that doesn’t follow a traditional path. In my experience, taking a chance on the unexpected leads to great results. Also, take advantage of this time to develop that hobby or learn that language that you never had time to take on during college—this is a time for growth, so take advantage.” —Courtney Joline, Consultant

“Read The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman and just trust yourself.  Surround yourself with positive, talented and like-minded young women. I rely on an inner circle of close friends for professional conundrums and advice all the time. We are constantly a sounding board for each other.” —Courtney Grace Peterson, Logic and Grace

“You’re not going to be good at some things. Get help in those areas, and kick ass where you can.” —Nathalie Vaandrager, Sloane Stationery

“My advice to other young professional women is to take full advantage of opportunities that are presented to you. Many times we turn down an opportunity because we fail to see how it directly correlates with our long-term goal but many opportunities can be leveraged to be useful. Granted although not every opportunity may be worthwhile, the ones that are can truly help you get closer to your goal or dream.” —Brittany Lo, Beautini by B.Lo

“Without great risk, there would be no great reward. If you have a dream that seems wild, but you really believe in it with your heart, go with it and don’t stop. There will always be those that doubt you, the pressures of society and your parents’ expectations – but let it go for now. Accept the fact that you will have bad moments. I’m talking days with no sales, weeks when everything goes wrong, website crashes, and people who just slam the door in your face. These mistakes won’t kill you, in fact, they build character and one day (in the not so distant future) you’ll be laughing about it. The world needs more people who take risks – be one of them!” —Erin Zaikis, Sundara

“This is the time to take a chance. If you are looking for a change of pace or career, go for it! Shadow people, look into online courses in different fields, travel, volunteer, etc! It’s going to be harder in the future to take those chances, those risks, so take them now!” —Samantha McLean, IREX and The Peace Corps.

“‘Quit early and quit often.’ One of my professors in business school gave a great speech about having the courage to quit a job or a career path that you don’t enjoy. Growing up we’re taught to keep working hard at something, even if we don’t enjoy it, because ‘it’s good for us’ or because maybe one day it will bring happiness. Don’t wait for that day to arrive – have the courage to take a chance and forge your own future.” —Katherine Contag, Color Clutch and BaubleBar

“Just do it. There’ll never be a perfect time to start a business or launch a blog or do what you’ve always dreamed of doing. You’re only going to get busier and have more commitments. And, more importantly, do it before you’re ready. I do so many things without being ready—and while it may not be the best way to get stuff started, you’re never going to be 100% ready and prepared. Don’t say no to good opportunities. And, put yourself out there. Email that potential mentor. Reach out to your favorite blogger. Tweet to someone you admire. The worst thing that can happen is that you either won’t hear back or they’ll say no. It’s ok—someone will eventually say yes. But you have to put yourself out there first.” —Sierra Barter, The Lady Project

“Think big. And when people tell you it isn’t possible, think even bigger. Keep the end goal in mind at all times.” —Emily Raleigh, The Smart Girls Group

“This is unrelated to blogging, but the best advice I’ve ever received was from Dad. I was in a sour longterm relationship at the time, and pretty miserable. I felt stuck. He told me that the most important choice I’ll ever make is choosing who to spend my life with, and that I should put great thought into the decision. That really stuck with me. I’m convinced that his words are the reason I finally built up the courage to change my situation, and the reason I ended up with the love of my life. (Sorry–so mushy!)” —Kelly Larkin, Kelly in the City

“No one is going to hand you anything! You have to be brave enough to ask for it. And then you have to be prepared to explain why you’re the ideal candidate or employee for that role or responsibility. I think young people too often think that opportunities will be handed to them, or that they’ll eventually get recognized or rewarded for their hard work…when in reality, people are too busy with their own jobs to really notice! You really do have to be your own best advocate in order to get what you want in your career.” —Meaghan O’ConnorSeventeen

“That one will strike out more than they’ll land something (especially in New York). A hundred rejections, one ‘yes.’ But the ‘yes’ is always worth waiting for.” —Amy Stone, The Gap

“Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ It is so easy to compare yourself to others and instantly feel inadequate or like you’re not measuring up, especially in the age of posting every new purchase, apartment, meal, and vacation to social media. When you feel yourself starting to do that, snap out of it. Remember that everyone’s life experience and career is different, and what is fitting for your best friend might not be the same for you. Lately, I’ve seen a quote by Dita Von Teese floating around the blogosphere and Pinterest that says, ‘You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.’ I think it’s such a great reminder that you can’t please everyone all the time, but should strive to do work hard, do your best, and treat others with respect and graciousness.” —Jennifer Taylor, Jack Rogers USA

“Figure out a way to differentiate yourself. Whether its through your education, past internships, or unique skillset, show companies why you are uniquely qualified to do the work. If there is a skill you don’t have that keeps popping up as a requirement of jobs you are looking at, go out and get it. There are so many cheap and easy ways to learn new skills and programs, and there’s always room to be a better candidate. I also believe it’s important to show off your work ethic during the job search process.” —Jamie Petkanics, The Prepary

“Be true to yourself. Be a good friend to your friends. Make your parents proud. Work hard but find time to live your life. Take chances!” —Mackenzie Horan, Design Darling

“My advice to new bloggers is boring and obvious but BE AUTHENTIC. There are so many bloggers out there now and I find half of them copying each other’s styles, designs, and even writing. People will want to look at your blog for you so own that.” —Julia Dzafic, Nourish Snacks and Lemon Stripes

“Success doesn’t happen overnight and working hard at something doesn’t mean that it will actually work. Keep in mind that success takes time, and working smarter and not harder is what will take you and your brand to the next level. Lastly, you have something to offer; you are one of a kind and that’s what makes you different. Your best asset is your ‘you-ness.’ —Ashley Brooke, Ashley Brooke Designs

“There’s nothing wrong with trying new things – don’t feel like you are limited by your major or background. You’re 22. If you start out in one thing and see yourself being pulled in another direction, just try it! Better to try things and get it figured out now rather than working in something that you hate for thirty years and trying to switch then, right? There is no ‘perfect’ job in my opinion, but I don’t believe in spending every single day doing something that you absolutely hate.” —Holly Casto, Charm and Gumption

“Our generation has such a stigma of being narcissistic, lazy, and entitled. Do your best to prove that stereotype wrong. Show up early. Be willing to take unglamorous assignments. Be quick to help others on your team. Meet your deadlines. Realize that you are not the exception to the rule, and you do not deserve special treatment.” —Tierney Fowler, Author

“If you’re trying to be like someone else, you’re not being yourself. I’m pretty sure my mom was the first to say this to me and I’ve really taken it to heart since I studied abroad in college and realized I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do anymore. When you are trying to figure out what you’re interested in, it’s easy to see someone who is happy and try to emulate them. The problem is that you aren’t that person and doing the same as them won’t necessarily make you perfectly content. The hard part is finding what makes you you, but once you find it you will be happier than you’ve ever tried to be!” —Devon Huntly, Phi Sigma Sigma

“Don’t stress, you’re not saving lives! It is so true. In New York, sometimes you forget that taking care of yourself is important and your email will be there tomorrow.” —Joanna Scholtz, Lilly Pulitzer

“This is pretty cliché advice, but don’t compare yourself to what others are doing. I think it’s a trap we all fall into—I know I do, and it’s such a waste of time.” —Evelyn Henson, Evelyn Henson

“Make sure you have a good support system. Having friends and family who believe in your cause and who will support you will really help during the long days. We’ve been very lucky to have received help from so many people.” —Kim and Kristen Waeber, Kidogo Kidogo

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