Brilliantly Simple Career Advice From 8 Successful Female Entrepreneurs

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Jessica Alba

The Honest Company founder

“At every point in your career, you have to have hustle. Each milestone presents new challenges.”

Adrienne Lofton

SVP of global brand marketing at Under Armour

“Try not to let yourself live with regrets. In taking chances and making mistakes, I’ve learned lessons that have helped me develop professionally and emboldened me to become who I am.”

Liz Gateley

EVP and head of programming at Lifetime

“Don’t be afraid to take a step back to take a huge step forward. Years ago, I went from being a lawyer to being the happiest mail-cart pusher at a talent agency, because I was on the path I wanted to be on.”

Yoko Shimada

Founder of postpartum clothing line Mitera

“Make your friends into your market testers for new ideas. Talking to other working moms helped me see a hole in the market, which made me decide to build Mitera and empower women like myself, who want to do it all.”

Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin

Cofounders of theSkimm

“People say, ‘Be open to everything.’ We follow a different trend: Say no—a lot!” says Weisberg. “It’s how you focus and reach important milestones when you don’t have a lot of resources,” adds Zakin.

Christina Sass

Cofounder of Andela, an Africa-based employment training program

“Timing is never perfect; be ready to act! I walked away from a doctorate program to start Andela, because when my cofounders and I came up with the idea, I knew it was what I had to do.”

Sana Amanat

Director of content and character development at Marvel

“Find the little details of your job that give you joy—they get you through hard days. Personally, I love figuring out the look of a new character or even picking the perfect font for a story.”

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