Gwyneth Paltrow, Priyanka Chopra, and Gwen Stefani have made wildly successful careers for themselves in Hollywood, but the advice they have to share is so universal, you’ll want to take it to heart no matter your field. The stars were just a few of the business and entertainment icons who shared their career advice to LinkedIn, and you’ll want to hear what they had to say.
Paltrow, the founder of lifestyle site Goop, doesn’t pretend that she knows everything there is to comprehend about all areas of her business. Instead, she gathers smart industry leaders around her and asks questions.
“We are an ideas brand, so I try to surround myself with incredibly creative men and women, mostly women, who inspire me and galvanize the process,” she says. “I operate heavily on instinct, but I also like to ask advice. There are people in the world who are way smarter than I am who have been doing their jobs for way longer. I have access to a lot of those people, so I ask a lot of questions.”
For India-born Chopra, instinct also plays a bit role. “Professionally, I have massively strong instincts. Personally, I trust everyone. But professionally, as soon as I start getting comfortable in my job, I look for something that challenges me,” she says. “I need to be challenged. I work best, I thrive best, when I’m challenged, I’m pushed, and when I’m under pressure.”
“When I was 12 years old, the advice that I would give myself is, don’t think that there’s something wrong with you,” the actress says. “Because when you come into a new country, everyone’s different. Everyone talks differently, everyone speaks differently. You have to accept your uniqueness and not think of it as baggage.”
She’s not the only one who wants you to accept what makes you different. In fact, Stefani has made a career out of it. “I think the one thing I can look at myself and say, ‘What would I do consistently to get to this point?’ and I think that would be really clear about who I am and owning the fact that we’re all unique and to be proud of that and to go with that, and to not try to be something that you’re not,” the singer says.
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Sage advice from wise women.