In their latest installment of excellence, Forbes has created a new web style series, entitled “One Thing”, designed for the ambitious women of the world. This series takes a closer look at “one” or many things readers and entrepreneurs need, discussing everything from pointers, to lessons from successful business women all over the world. In other words, this is your digital mentor.
For women who haven’t found the perfect big sister, or are still trying to figure out the basics to life, here are 5 things, as told to Forbes, that a few key successful women wish they had known early in their career:
“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. You should never be the smartest person in the room. Worry if you are."
- Jessica Alba, CEO, Honest Company
"I would echo what my mother told me, ‘You’ve got to have a bias for action.’ The hockey coaches and the basketball coaches always say, “You will miss a hundred percent of the shots that you never take.” My mother encouraged me to try things that I wasn’t sure I could do. Over my life, I’ve been able to try things, many of which have worked that I didn’t necessarily think they would. Be brave. The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake."
- Meg Whitman, CEO, HP
“Darwin said those who survive are neither the strongest nor the most intelligent, it’s those that can adapt to change. And I wish I had thought about that when I was younger because it always seemed to me that you had to be the brightest or the strongest. There’s something to be said for adapting to change. That doesn’t mean abandoning your values, but it does mean recognizing that the environment has changed and absorbing that."
-Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
“I would say always, to thyself be true. We’re all born with what we have. Take what you have and do the best you can with it. Know who you are…Feel your way through life. Don’t over-think your way through life, because I think we’re all guilty of that."
-Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Apple
“I would tell myself to relax, that everything works out the way it’s supposed to. If you look back on your life at the things that you stressed out, ‘Oh my gosh, he didn’t ask me out, he didn’t call, I didn’t get that job, I lost that job,’ quite often in the end when one door closes, another one opens. Everything, even though you don’t believe it at the time, works out the way it’s supposed to–the good and the bad."
-Gayle King, Editor-at-Large, O, The Oprah Magazine; Co-Host, CBS This Morning