As a brand new entrepreneur and small business owner,

I’m constantly hungry to learn from the many successful women who have carved out their own little (or big!) place in this world.  Whether you’re someone who is just starting out with your own small business, or you’re well on your way to becoming the next Sophia Amoruso, these #girlbosses have something to teach all of us.  Grab an extra large coffee, and scroll down to see what these ladies have to say about success, failure, being a woman in the workforce, and personal tips on how to succeed!

A #girlboss is always well rested.

“When we evaluate the success secrets of #girlbosses, we always see one significant habit rising to the top and that is sleep. Getting enough sleep is always touted as the number one productivity AND happiness tip according to most who study how daily routines effect success. If you want to show up for your life and make things happen for yourself, it’s crucial that you prioritize rest and get your full 7-9 hours uninterrupted. In order to do this, you most likely will need to go to bed earlier and get yourself into a regular night time routine that limits screen time and snacks before bed.”

Chase what works. Let go of what doesn’t.

“School wasn’t my jam, and the whole philosophy behind this book is that true success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths. In short, when you suck at something and don’t want it anyway, cut your losses and move on.”

Failure is essential to success

“In 2000, I arrived in London with no money, no network and a self-esteem crisis. I was 29 years old, and I had nothing to return to. No mother, no relationship with my father, no job, and no money. The voice in my head beat me up badly. My confidence was at an all-time low. I felt like a total failure. I highly recommend losing at least one job in your life because it gives you awareness and an aliveness you don’t get when you have the same job for life. It forces you to tune in to what you truly want in a career. For me, it turned me into the business owner I had always wanted to be, and now I could play to my strengths. I could play to what was needed from me in the world, and to what I could provide to fulfill the needs of others. My lesson was to embrace failure and see it as a stepping stone on the way to success. Failing is an inevitable part of creating your destiny, and it gave me the platform to start my own business and follow my biggest dreams. I had nothing to lose. Now, I welcome it. After learning to deal with disappointment, I knew persistence and dedication to my goals would eventually be rewarded.”

Become fluent in a tongue that isn’t your own, but don’t lose your native language.

“I hold my own in ‘guy talk.’ I have my own (i.e. not my husband’s) ESPN Insider account, I play in multiple fantasy football leagues and I enjoy a good chirp with the best of them. But, I’m still not a guy, and some of the things that I also enjoy talking about are not necessarily topics that the men around me consider. A few months of never slipping into your native language can be exhausting. My advice: Don’t pretend to be ‘one of the guys,’ but instead proudly own that you’re able to join their conversations and challenge them to talk about other topics, too. Serena Williams and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team might be good neutral ground to start.”

Give back.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of countless people. The support I’ve received from family, friends, teachers, coaches and mentors is overwhelming. Find a way to help others and give back as it’s the best form of gratitude.”

Don’t be afraid to take risks.

Women’s aversion to risk sets in around puberty when they become conscious of managing real risk. Watch a woman walk down a street at night and she will be scanning ahead, avoiding dark corners, on alert regarding potential threat.  Being conscious of risk and planning to avoid it at all costs limits your options. Fear of failing will stop you putting yourself forward. Psychologists call it ‘anticipatory anxiety’ – all that advance worrying about what can go wrong is so destructive.  Optimists succeed not because luck is on their side, but because they work very hard to make sure things come out right rather than focussing on what might conceivably go wrong. Be excited about a new challenge. Be brave. Sometimes you may fail, less than you imagine, but even then you will learn something along the way.

Never fear asking for help.

“Whether we’re faced with a task that we don’t know how to do, there’s not enough hours in the day to do, or merely we just can’t do it – by learning to ask for help, women entrepreneurs can reveal their strengths, not their weaknesses. By not asking for help, especially in a business, we are utilizing time and efforts that could have been focused in a better effort.”

Define your business and your brand and commit to it.

“Everything you do should be consistent with your business’s identity. You simply cannot be all things to all people. This is especially important if you are starting a business with limited upfront capital. You may be tempted to do things outside of your scope in the interest of either driving business, or just paying the rent.  That’s a very slippery slope that most entrepreneurs don’t take into consideration at the outset. You can end up stretching yourself thin, or providing mediocre service because it’s not what you do best. That said, I learned a lot about staying true to my product/service offerings and refraining from taking business that is not in my wheelhouse.”

Don’t let what you don’t know scare you.

“There’s so much that we have taught ourselves. And there’s so much that you can learn if you have the passion to learn it. But you’ve got to be prepared to work. We look at each other and, combined, we’re putting in unspeakable hours–but every one of them is worth it because we love the business.”


Lots of love and luck…