5 Secrets of Successful Women
Posted by Girls Guide To on May 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM
Wanna be on top? Of course you do. Most of us dream about being fabulously successful in our careers, whether that means killing it in the courtroom, taking over the CEO’s corner office, or generally kicking ass. All it takes is a little hard work and a few sneaky tricks to propel yourself above the rest. Follow these five secrets from super successful women and enjoy the view from the top.
1. Always be yourself.
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's Indian-born chief executive and the nation's top-earning female CEO, wore traditional saris to her early job interviews. These days she routinely wears them to corporate events. Your personality and views on the world are what make you great, so let them shine.
2. Your name is your brand, so guard it with your life.
"I am very careful with the brand itself. The pots that I put my name on — I designed them." —Top-earning chef Rachael Ray. My mom always said that perception is reality, whether we like it or not, so make sure your name stands for something good.
3. Don't waste energy combating haters.
Beyoncé has said, "I can't expect everyone to love everything that I do." It’s so true. Don’t waste your time worrying about petty, negative people.
4. Make sure your man is fully committed to you — and your success.
"I would come home from a meeting and I'd say, 'Sorry I'm late,' and [my husband] would roll his eyes…I got a much better husband the second time around." —Top-earning Wall Streeter, Sallie Krawcheck. While you definitely don’t need a man to be successful, if you have one, you need to make sure he’s on board. If he’s not, you don’t need him.
5. Position yourself for the job you want.
The cliché of dressing for the job you want, as opposed to the one you have, is cliché for a reason. But it applies to everything you do. Act with your end goal in mind at all times, like Maria Sharapova. She always said, "When I was working my way to the top of tennis, I didn't say I was number two. I said I wanted to be number one."