A few of our current Skillcrush 101 students weighed in as well:
"Ask for what you want."
"Never complain, never explain. Also: Never underestimate the power of red lipstick."
- Catherine Zuckerman
"My mentor once told me, "Dear, don't bake."
She came up in the 1960s at this all-male magazine. She really was a pioneer, and was one of our first female senior editors. I think what she meant was that the guys in charge are all too eager to dismiss you because you are a woman. You don't need to remind them with cookies. Let them think about your excellent work, not your excellent recipes, when they think of you.
Either that or my cookies really sucked."
- Margaret Zackowitz
" 'stuff cotton in your ears and just keep walking' - to those who would doubt you."
- Sherry Brukbacher
"Don't wait until you need a job to start networking.
Never stop learning.
No one is going to notice how smart, hard working, etc you are. You have to tell them, show them, etc".
- Sandra Cruz
"'If you don’t take their money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.' Bill Cunningham
- Mercedes Kraus"
"Thankfully my father began telling me at a very early age that I could be anything I wanted to be. And, even when I still struggle deciding what I want to be when I "grow up," he still reminds me. In fact, he said something of the sort last week :) More recently I really responded to this: 'Trust your intuition. Be smart, be brave, tell the truth and don't take any shit!'"
- Kate Long
"The wisest advice from my grandma, 'Not everything merits your best effort.' and from my sister about raising kids, but it fits lots of other circumstances, as well, 'Don't do things for kids that they can do for themselves.' "
"When you are unsure of the right thing to do, give yourself the advice you would give to your daughter if she were in your position."
- Elizabeth Amorose
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