The time to give women advice is over. Women can do exactly what men can do. If anything, this year has shown that that’s absolutely the case. So I would give women and men the same advice, and that is follow your heart, follow your gut, follow your instincts. – Christine Amanpour, Journalist, Chief International Anchor for CNN
Known for her fearlessness and hard-hitting interviews, Christine Amanpour has made a name for herself in one of the biggest news channels around the world. She was hired by CNN in 1983 and rose up the ranks by covering wars and politics.
Ultimately, wouldn’t you rather be the person who actually finished the project you’re dreaming about, rather than the one who talks about ‘always having wanted to? – J.K. Rowling, Novelist, Screenwriter
Author of the best-selling series, Harry Potter, Joanne Rowling is a single mother who went through depression due to her dire circumstances. She went through trials and hardships before her first book’s publishing. The first Harry Potter book manuscript was rejected by numerous publishing houses. But it eventually made its way to Bloomsbury Publishing, where they agreed to publish it without expecting much of a return. Today, J.K. Rowling has become a phenomenal British icon and an inspiration to striving novelists worldwide.
“Be prepared to spot growth opportunities when they present themselves—because they are the key learning opportunities. You’ll know because they make you uncomfortable, and your initial impulse may be that you’re not ready. But remember: Growth and comfort never co-exist.” – Ginni Rometty, chair, president, and CEO of IBM
Virginia Rometty is a woman of talent with a respectable list of accolades. She was listed as one of the most influential people in the world by Bloomberg, as well as Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Also, she also ranked 6th in TIME Magazine’s list of Powerful People in Tech. Rometti started her career as a systems analyst for General Motors and later joined IBM where she became its CEO in 2012.
It’s really the thought of planning ahead and not just hoping that everything will turn out just fine. – Lea Salonga, Singer, Actress
At age 18, she starred as the lead role in the stage musical, Miss Saigon. This catapulted her into a fruitful career in music, theatre, and show business. She was heard as the singing voice of two Disney princesses in two huge motion pictures. She also became the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award for Broadway excellence. An accomplished woman for someone who almost went for a medical career.
Don’t get stuck working at a job you dread getting up for. -Martha Stewart, Celebrity Chef, Writer, Entrepreneur
That’s one piece of advice a lot of people can resonate with. Martha Stewart’s well known in the west as a celebrity chef. Though she graduated with a double degree in History and Architectural History, her early days were spent working on numerous unrelated jobs, including modeling, being a stockbroker, and running a catering business in her basement. Her culinary talents were noticed sometime in the 1980s, where the head of a publishing company contacted her to develop her own cookbook when her cooking left an impression on him. This would lead to a series of cuisine-related ventures that culminated in her continued success and recognition across America.
Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. – Coco Chanel, founder of luxury brand Chanel
A fashion icon who thrived in an era of men and subverted everything that was expected of her. Gabrielle Chanel started her business in the early 1900s after she received finance and support from her lover and close family. Her clothing designs were daring enough to turn heads in France, and even after the heart-wrenching death of her lover, she persisted in developing her brand’s growth for decades to come. The pianist and Parisian elite, Misia Sert, described Chanel as a genius whose lethal wit and sarcasm intrigued and appalled her associates. Her journey was filled with betrayals, scandals, and toxic gossip, but in the end, she never faltered. Even after her death, the Chanel brand is still up and going strong.