Reese Witherspoon: The Ultimate Go-Getter
I remember as a little girl being obsessed with the movie Legally Blonde, even though I was far too young to understand most of the jokes. This movie spoke to me and so many other women because it showed us that we can do whatever we set our minds to. The star of this movie and so many other incredible films, Reese Witherspoon, is an example to all of us that ambition can be your greatest strength. She has created a personal brand based on female empowerment and even started her own production company to further that brand. Let’s see what she has to say!
On listening to your own voice: “If you are one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, “Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],” don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.”
On perspective: “Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.”
On knowing your worth: “I've realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn't appreciate me, treat me with respect or bring value to the relationship. I'm much more confident now, and I feel like I have the ability to say, 'Nope, I don't want to work with that person.’
And finally, on changing the world: “What is it in life that you think you can't accomplish? Or what is it that people have said that you cannot do? Wouldn't it feel really good to prove them all wrong? Because I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It's just believing in yourself and your abilities.
Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change.”
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
It’s been almost ten years since she left The Hills in 2009, but Lauren Conrad is living her best
life. She has been on Forbes’ 30 Under 30, built a blogging empire, released a book series, a
line of bedding and a line of beauty products, and participated in more fashion projects than
most people care to think about. Now, she is also juggling a marriage and child - what can’t she
do? Here at The Brand Girls, we love Conrad’s drive to do just about anything! Here are
Lauren’s tips on how to do it all.
On settling: "Never settle. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was to never settle in
relationships, friendships, your career, or your dreams. Never accept less than what you think
you deserve, and aim for bigger and better (because you will probably get it!). You never want
to look back and think, ‘I could have done more.’ You can do more…right now. Stop saying
‘someday.’ Start saying ‘today."
On rejection: "Don’t let a ‘no’ determine your value, or veer you off your desired path. Every single one of us will hear the word ‘no’ more than once in our lifetime. It doesn’t mean that you should give up, or that you don’t deserve what you asked for."
On small talk: "Sometimes it takes a little mental preparation before you walk into a crowded room. First and foremost, you should always be ready to make a lasting first impression. Be polite, make eye contact and use that firm handshake you’ve been practicing."
On work-life balance: "I recommend blocking out time, whether that’s a weekend day or a few hours one night each week, where you can catch up on things like laundry, calling friends and family or just reading a good book. I also highly suggest having a weekend with no plans once in a while—it’s such a treat."
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
4 Ways Jessica Alba Sets Herself Up For Success Everyday
Between acting and running a business, Jessica Alba has a lot on her plate. As the founder of The Honest Company, a lifestyle brand that produces clean products such as makeup, diapers, and cleaning products, everyday is a new adventure. In addition to running a multi-million dollar company, she is a wife and a mother. Each job consumes a lot of her time and if she isn’t prepared, it can be a difficult day. To combat that from happening, she has four things she does every day to set herself up for success.
She has a strict routine: Every morning, she follows a four hour long morning routine. She gets up at 5:30 to workout, take care of her kids, eat breakfast, get ready and check up on what is happening in the business world all before she heads to work at 9.
She take everything as a learning experience: Instead of focusing on the negatives of a situation, Jessica likes to break things down and learn what she can do better next time. She focuses on one thing at a time to make sure whatever she is working on is the best it can be.
She makes time for herself: Whether it be through meditation or a good workout class, Jessica loves to take time to care for herself. She eats well and makes sure to disconnect after work to spend time with her family.
She has a solid support system: Between her family and her employees, Jessica has a large group of people in her life who she relies on to help her when she is feeling insecure. She believes you should ““Surround yourself with people who have done it before and support your weaknesses with their strengths. Be open and learn from them.”
How do you set yourself up for success everyday? Share it with us on our social media platforms @thebrandgirls!
Written By: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
How to Be a Successful Entrepreneur According to Tory Burch
In 2004, Tory Burch launched her own fashion after years of working in fashion PR and journalism. Since then, she has created a fashion empire that millions of women obsess over everyday. In addition to her fashion career, Burch created The Tory Burch Foundation to inspire and help women who have desires to become entrepreneurs with the help of education, student loans, and mentorships. Her love for helping others is what makes her so admirable for inspiring entrepreneurs. The Brand Girls love the fact that so many young women look to Burch for advice. Here are some of our favorite pieces of advice how to be successful in business according to Tory Burch!
The most desirable qualities for female entrepreneurs:
“You have to have a unique idea that meets a need, an idea that you really believe in. Launching a business is a tremendous amount of work—much more than I ever imagined when I was starting out—so you have to be truly passionate about what you’re doing. I always tell our entrepreneurs to embrace ambition—think big. Optimism is a job requirement.”
How to handle criticism:
"One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from my parents is to think of negativity as noise. Believe in yourself and what you're doing. Remember: If the most unique ideas were obvious to everyone, there wouldn't be entrepreneurs. The one thing that every entrepreneurial journey has in common is that there are many, many steps on the road to success."
The power of being an entrepreneur:
“Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a job title, and it isn’t just about starting a company. It’s a state of mind. It’s about seeing connections others can’t, seizing opportunities others won’t, and forging new directions that others haven’t.”
It won’t be easy:
“Buckle up, and know it is going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.”
Who are some of your favorite female entrepreneurs? Share with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @thebrandgirls!
Written By: Hannah Harger