10 Wildly Successful Women Who Hustled Their Way to the Top

Sacha Strebe

Do you have the willpower and determination to turn your great idea into a profitable business? Are you confident enough to trust your gut even when the rest of the world is telling you no? Do you have the grit it takes to be successful? Being bombarded with all of these questions can make anyone feel a little queasy with self-doubt and uncertainty, but if there's one thing we've learned about success, it's fear that drives you. And we think it's time you found out how to bottle it so it can fuel your hustle to the top.

But even if you do possess all of these qualities, sometimes we need a little motivation to push through the obstacles and help us take the high road when the naysayers are bringing us down. So we asked 10 wildly successful women (who each possess these defining personality traits) what it takes to make it big, and the results are surprising. For one, the struggle is real. And two, the hustle to the top is fraught with hardship and multiple side gigs that are less than glamorous. But thankfully the old adage still rings true: When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work. Ahead, Jen Atkin, Emily Henderson, Nikki Pennie, Janessa Leone, Kate Somerville, and more tell their story of hustle, grit, and passion. Let's do this.

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