Whether you are just venturing out or have been at it for some time, being an entrepreneur/girl boss is not an easy feat; and sometimes, there will be occasions where you will feel down and out. Those are exactly the times you will need these lessons from girl bosses who have been doing what they love for a long time and know a thing or two about how things really work. So here are the top 6 lessons from our favorite girl bosses.
We all know who she is; she has made us laugh as Kelly Kapoor and Mindy Lahiri countless times. Mindy Kaling has worked her way up in an industry otherwise dominated by men and is now a household name. Her advice is the simples and probably the most ignored one; she says to not focus on someone telling you, that you can’t do something, to not ‘focus on the politics of the situation but the situation itself’.
She gave us ‘the boy who lived’ and we have been forever grateful for that. From being on welfare to building an empire purely out of her imagination, JK Rowling has seen the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. She says “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.” Failure is not necessarily the bad thing it is made out to be, there is something to be learnt there too.
Anyone can recognize her from a mile with her trademark Page Boy haircut and dark sunglasses, Anna Wintour has a very simple thing to say; you can’t be shy or difficult and unable to look someone in the face when you talk. Learn to present yourself properly, to articulate your goals and vision in a coherent manner.
The creator of girl boss herself, Sophia Amoruso has worked her way up to create a global empire. When you’re starting out she says, a lot of people will try to give you advice on how to do things and go about them; you take it all in but do what feels right for you and what will work for you the best. Listen and take the advice, but not all of it.
Drama, romance and girl power, the queen of elevators Shonda Rhimes has given us long running TV shows we’re hooked on, creating opportunities for herself and other women as well. All her success has not come without a price; she’s had to make sacrifices to get to where she is. She says, “If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff”. So you can have it all, just maybe not at the same time, all the time.
A constant source of inspiration for girls everywhere, former first lady Michelle Obama, perhaps has the most important advice of all time – don’t doubt yourself and your work. Do away with the doubt, if you doubt yourself and your work others do too. Invest your efforts and confidence into your work and dreams.
So that’s all for the lessons this week folks, let these boss ladies inspire you to become the best version of yourself with these top 6 lessons from our favorite girl bosses!