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12 badass women share their most valuable tips for success

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Life got you down? Look no further for the inspiration you need

If anyone were to ask me what my life mantra is, it would probably look a lot like this quote: "Here's to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them." Now that I have a 5-year-old daughter, this has never resonated with me more.

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Whether your world is in the office, at home or traveling the globe, you know it's not always easy to be a success. Sometimes it's a simple lack of self-confidence that holds us back. Other times, it's because we listen to the noisy voices out there telling us to silence our own and insisting we should be quieter and smaller.

Fortunately, we only have to look around to see there are strong, successful women all around us whose stories serve to empower us. To tap into some of their inner strength and drive, we asked a few to share their strategies for succeeding while staying true to yourself. Here's what they had to say.

Do what you love, and love what you do

"Do not work for fame or fortune, work so that when you leave a person or a place it is better than when you first laid eyes on it." – Carolyn Murray, News Anchor at WCBD-TV NBC News 2

Practice mindfulness

"Be present. I mean really present. And be there as much as possible. Being in-the-moment brings my attention to the needs of others to uncover opportunities that may have been otherwise missed — a client’s need, a new lead or an activity that will mean a lot to my kids. Mindfulness removes the distractions of my exhaustive to-do list and then I can prioritize the things that are really going to make a difference, right now." – Stacey Elicker, Director of Digital Strategy at Involve

Don't forget to be grateful (and positive!)

"I don’t do negative. I just don’t. I don’t like negative people in my life; I don’t like negative surroundings. And I guess I just try to live a ‘yes’ life — that’s really become a family mantra for us. When you can be positive and when you can spread a little bit of joy into somebody else’s life, it all becomes worth it." – Terry Haas, partner at River Landing Team, public speaker, author and HGTV real estate expert

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Work hard and stay humble

"Most important is to always believe in your ability and to also stay humble. Work at your craft at least some of every day, and when you do, work hard and with passion. Take time to play and be with loved ones and be willing to take advice from the right sources.” – Holly Herrick, cookbook author, food writer and chef

Love yourself first

"How do we find the courage to pursue the success that we desire for ourselves?

For me, it all comes back to love — loving myself enough to believe that my dreams are possible, loving myself enough to take a risk on my passions, loving myself enough to believe I’m worth it, loving myself enough to believe I’m capable." – Megan Hale, Enoughness Coach and podcast host

Don't give up

"Persistence pays off. I got my first internship working for Ryan Seacrest at E! based on sheer relentlessness. If I gave up after the first ‘no,’ I would never have ended up where I am today. Secondly, but equally important, be kind and be helpful. There is enough success to go around. You don't need to step on people to get to the top. In fact, when you support others (even your ‘competitors’), you'll find you get more support in return.” – Whitney English, wellness blogger, CPT

Lead by example

"Success for me would be impossible without the spiritual strength that gives me serenity through all adversity. My faith brings me peace and joy! (I try to bring integrity into my workplace and expect the same of others.) At work, all of the parts of me make for a holistic experience for my staff. I think of my work staff as extended family — I expect the best they have to give, and I give my all as an example for them. I listen to their concerns, address issues as quickly as possible, and always remember to recognize strength. I love watching staff grow confidence in their skills! Also, I feel that I can better understand my staff's struggles and concerns if I share the work load... I want them to know that I would not ask them to do anything I wouldn't do myself." – Sabrina O'Brien, RN and branch director of a home health agency

Be authentic and strive for balance

"Always be honest and truthful. It always pays off, and people can see through deception — even if they can't put their finger on it. Don't make excuses. Be on time. Be accessible. Be thorough. Don't be afraid to politely turn away work if you are starting to feel out of control. Quality is always better than quantity! And most importantly, don't forget your family. If you aren't happy at home, you won't be happy at work, no matter how successful you are." – Erin Pesavento, owner and operator of Lowcountry Thread, a custom high-end designer workroom to the trade

Don't act entitled

"Put in the work. You aren't going to be successful just because you have a degree or have worked in that field 'forever.' Learn everything you can about your field. I'm not saying you have to be an expert in every area, but know a little bit about a lot. My official job is to be a part of the '2 Girls and a Guy' radio show on Mix96 and entertain our audience but, if necessary, I can run a board, set up a tent for on-site promotions, record and edit audio and schedule music. I'm not above any position (including taking the trash out in the studio... I've done that before). I am also not below any position. If there is an opportunity and I know I am the right fit, I am the first person to step up (with confidence) and say, 'I can do that.'" – Brooke Ryan, radio personality at "2 Girls and a Guy" on 95.9/Mix96

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Believe in yourself

"I truly think that step one is believing in yourself. If you don't believe, then they won't either and that goes for anything that you do in life. And, honestly, good old-fashioned work ethic is a must! I've worked hard to get where I am. I believe that a combination of hard work, commitment and self-confidence have all played a role in my success thus far and my continued success." – Kim Blackwell, PharmD, pharmacist at CVS pharmacy

Define your own success

"My strategies are really nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary. On a day-to-day basis, I am an enormous believer in planning and preparation. When I walk into a meeting prepared, the level of confidence it gives me knowing I’m ready is extremely beneficial — I don’t like being caught off-guard.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions; this is a big change for me in the last 10 years. Being forthright and candid in my communications has helped circumvent issues and helps everyone work better together. After all, we don’t know what we don’t know.
And I think the most important thing is for me to define my own success and not let someone dictate it for me. After all, success is a moving, ever-evolving concept." – Kara Crowell, partner and project coordinator at Cinder Creek Construction & owner at Sweetgrass Spirits and Wine

Take chances

"I learned a long time ago that nothing worth doing comes easily. Learn to embrace what scares you, what seems hard, and see challenges as opportunities. Be brave, strong and true."Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, assistant professor of Public Health at Charleston Southern University, speaker and author

Life got you down? Look no further for the inspiration you need
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