Best advice, the words or motto you live by. A frequent question we ask ourselves as we shoulder through a business hurdle or look back at a particularly rough stretch of the professional road we're on. It is also a question we ask those whose careers or pursuits we admire. Their words are mentorship, the guidance we can learn from (and perhaps avoid a similar past misstep) and inspiration to re-motivate when the passion in passion project drops.
Creative entrepreneur, Tina Roth Eisenberg (better known as @swissmiss) has a number of practically inspirational rules for managing her entrepreneurial life (my favorite is "don't complain, forget it or make something better") and assembled below, the best advice you just might be seeking right now, from members of Dreamers and Doers, a high-impact community of entrepreneurial women:
Trust yourself. Trust the universe. And be more careful who you talk to--sadly, some people aren't there to support you. But, always remember that gratitude unlocks your potential. - Erica Berger, Founder of content discovery site Catchpool @GoodBerger
I wish I set out to find a co-founder from the inception of Perfect Strangers. Now, four years into it, I can't fathom having someone come in at my level. Which has proven difficult, but I am working on building a strong managerial team to take the place of a co-founder. - Sarah Hill, CEO & Founder of Perfect Strangers of NYC @psofnyc
Rules do not apply the same way to all. You have a huge part in choosing how you want to build your company, don't take all advice as a rule, even if it comes from very smart people. - Dannie Hetz, Founder & CEO of TOPRO @danniehd
I wish I'd been a little braver and become a coding guru. - Lauren Curiotto, Founder & Executive Director of Finding the Fabulous @theFabulousinme
Know enough to be dangerous in every aspect of your business but know when to hand the reigns over to an expert who is passionate about your mission. - Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya, Co-Founders of Monarq @socialmonarq
My mother is very social. I'm happiest at home alone with my dog. Throughout my life, my mother always told me to get out more, make more friends, to meet people. It always felt like criticism. Once I started NTWC, I learned firsthand how much of my and my company's success was dependent upon the people I knew, the people to whom I had access, and the people I was meeting through doing my job. I wish that I had been able to hear what my mother had been saying as the caring, helpful message she meant it to be and had had all of those years of learning how to build and building relationships with people because it is invaluable. - Amy Galland, CEO of NTWC, LLC @amygalland
Advice I wish I had--you don't need to see someone who looks like you, talks like you, or has the same personality as you running a company to start a company. You can make your own way and widen the options of examples for the next generation. - Naomi Hirabayashi, Co-Founder of Shine @naomi_nyc
Do I wish I had all of the lessons that come from receiving an MBA? Sure. But I don't. Instead I rely on mentors, advisors, and the various lessons that come from nearly every interaction with another. Although I've been fooled by my intuition, I continue to strengthen my gut feelings, trusting myself and my decisions. There's a lot more to be learned. - Christina Weber, CEO / Founder of Underground Unattached @christinalweber
My mom is extremely wise, and she always gives me the same advice when I'm stressed. She tells me that success doesn't come from stress, and worry is the road to nowhere. Only now, at the age of 33, am I finally starting to listen. - Belma McCaffrey, Creator of WORK BIGGER @BelmaMc
I wish someone would have told me that every single career is intersectional and that there is no single path to success. When I graduated college, I was hyper-focused on building a career in social media / marketing--and now I hold a senior technology role in one of the largest NGOs in the world. I now have a role that intersects many of my passions including content, mobile tech and management. There wasn't a major for that. I had to learn for myself that I can make my own path and it can (and should) not just be one vertical--but a combination of all of my skills and passions. - Marah Lidey, Co-Founder of Shine @shinetext
I recently interviewed Tina Roth Eisenberg for the podcast @BroadMic. Read Tina's 6 Rules For Radical Productivity here.