Let's face it—we all need a little motivation now and again when we're busy carving out the career of our dreams. That's why we seek out the sage words of inspirational women who've been there to help guide us through the often challenging process. It's also the main reason blogger-turned-CEO Jaclyn Johnson founded Create & Cultivate. The community, built for aspiring entrepreneurs, has since been transformed into a major conference with events in cities across the country. The most recent event took place in Seattle, and if you didn't get a chance to attend, don't stress.
We rounded up the best advice via Refinery29 from eight women who spoke at the event, all of whom are thriving in their careers. So grab a pen and write these down for major inspiration when you need it most.
"I can't go a day without failing. I think where I thrive is knowing I'm not gonna make that mistake the same way again."
"We have to fail fast and we have to fail forward because it keeps us moving."
"You gotta own who you are—you gotta own what you want. It makes everything all the richer and sweeter."
"It's incredible what happens when the men in the room underestimate the power of the women."
"It's important for people to know there are varied stories even if people look the same."
"There's no perfect, you-shaped hole in the world that you're supposed to run through."
"We're all learning. Charge what makes it worth it."
"When preparedness meets opportunity, that's where the magic happens."