Monthly Archives: March 2017

Career Blogs Worth A Read

If you’re looking to get some career inspiration in the new year, ramping up your reading list is one of the best places to start.

Even if you already subscribe to the blogging bigwigs like The Huffington Post and The Grindstone , some lesser-known blogs out there warrant your attention, too. Narrowing down a manageable list can be tough, but since hanging out in the blogosphere is part of my job, I’ve done the grunt work for you and sifted through the blogging noise to find the real gold.

Take a look at my favorites: a list of sensational women who offer resources, ideas, and inspiration for getting ahead in your career and developing your business.

1. Farnoosh Brock, Prolific Living

Brock, who recently left a very successful corporate career to pursue her goal of helping others to lead passion-driven lives, draws on her own experience to write about living life to its fullest, trusting your instincts, and following your dreams. She doesn’t tolerate senseless self-pity—and she speaks authentically here, because she’s been through personal struggles herself. Instead, Brock offers practical advice on getting to know yourself ,finding your path , and staying motivated in your corporate job . This is a must-read for anyone who needs a little push and a lot of inspiration!

2. Penelope Trunk, Penelope Trunk

Penelope Trunk, co-founder of Brazen Careerist , has been touted the queen of unhindered commentary—her personal blog’s tagline is “advice at the intersection of work and life,” and she pretty much covers it all. Trunk is smart, brutally honest, transparent, and a little bit nuts—and she can bevery controversial (her blog posts range from “ Don’t Do What You Love ” to “ Choose Sex Over Money ”). But agree with her or not , she ultimately offers some interesting nuggets of advice for just about everyone.

3. Kat Griffin, Corporette

This award-winning blog (named one of Forbes’ Top 100 Websites for Women this year) is a fashion and lifestyle resource for “overachieving chicks.” The site was born after its founder recognized that young professional women in demanding careers needed somewhere to go—other than fashion magazines—for wardrobe advice they could actually use. In addition to shopping tips and trend alerts, Corporette covers the tricky workplace style questions, like what to wear to the office on the weekend or how to dress when you’re laid off and looking .

4. Erica Diamond, Women On The Fence

Erica Diamond writes for women who find themselves sitting “on the fence,” whether in life, business, or love. Anyone struggling to move beyond a challenge (like dealing with the boss from hell or just trying to juggle it all) will find inspiration on her blog, which was also rated a Forbes Top 100 site. She both draws upon her own experiences and features guest bloggers of all backgrounds, walks of life, experiences, and points of view (check out jewelry designer Maya Brenner’s post on making your passion your paycheck ).

5. Kristi Hines Kikolani

What this one lacks in style, it makes up in content—especially if you’re looking to gain more online traction for your blog or business. With articles covering resources for starting a WordPress blog to what will—and won’t—get you traffic , Kristi Hines makes online marketing from social media to blogging to SEO completely accessible to readers. One of her best features isFetching Fridays —a weekly round-up of the best articles and web resources out there.

Sheryl Sandberg Motivates You to Do About Anything

Sheryl Sandberg’s a role model for anyone—yes, women and men—who aspire to be successful. As Facebook COO, Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Succeed author, and the first woman to sit on Facebook’s board, she’s learned plenty of lessons along her journey—and has faced many struggles throughout it all.

In honor of her awesomeness, we’ve pulled 23 of her best quotes to help motivate you. So, whether you’re looking for some inspiration to reach your career goals or just need a quick pick-me-up to power through your to-do list, check these out.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.”

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

“What I tell everyone, and I really do for myself is, I have a long-run dream, which is I want to work on stuff that I think matters.”

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”

 “Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”

“Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.”

“I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning.”

“I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.”

“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”

A promise of successful women for International Women’s Day

Two words that matter in the workplace every day—but especially on March 8th, International Women’s Day , a day that “celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women,” as well as acts as a call to action for individuals and organizations to promote, enforce, and advocate for gender equality.

So, in honor of the big day, we’ve compiled our favorite inspirational quotes from successful women who make us feel empowered every day. Enjoy—and then go out there and be a part of the movement to advocate for women.

Famous People Who Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

“Never give up.” It’s probably one of the most cliché phrases you’ll hear as you’re building your career. But there’s a reason these sayings are clichés—you never know when success really does lie around the next corner.

We know believing that is easier said than done, so we collected the following stories of famous celebrities who definitely never gave up, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling, for starters.

All these folks are now household names, but they didn’t become one easily. Some lived in their car, others suffered family abuse, and almost all encountered rejection after rejection professionally and personally—before finally landing a foot in the door. Read on and get inspired!

1. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.

2. Stephen King

King was broke and struggling when he was first trying to write. He lived in a trailer with his wife—also a writer—and they both worked multiple jobs to support their family while pursuing their craft. They were so poor they had to borrow clothes for their wedding and had gotten rid of the telephone because it was too expensive.

King received so many rejection letters for his works that he developed a system for collecting them. In his book On Writing, he recalls: “By the time I was 14…the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” He received 60 rejections before selling his first short story, “The Glass Floor,” for $35. Even his now best-selling book, Carrie, wasn’t a hit at first. After dozens of rejections, he finally sold it for a meager advance to Doubleday Publishing, where the hardback sold only 13,000 copies—not great. Soon after, though, Signet Books signed on for the paperback rights for $400,000, $200,000 of which went to King. Success achieved!

3. Jim Carrey

When Carrey was 14 years old, his father lost his job, and his family hit rough times. They moved into a VW van on a relative’s lawn, and the young aspiring comedian—who was so dedicated to his craft that he mailed his resume to The Carroll Burnett Show just a few years earlier, at age 10—took an eight-hours-per-day factory job after school to help make ends meet.

At age 15, Carrey performed his comedy routine onstage for the first time—in a suit his mom made him—and totally bombed, but he was undeterred. The next year, at 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full time. He moved to LA shortly after, where he would park on Mulholland Drive every night and visualize his success. One of these nights he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for Thanksgiving 1995. Just before that date, he hit his payday with Dumb and Dumber. He put the deteriorated check, which he’d kept in his wallet the whole time, in his father’s casket.

4. Tyler Perry

Perry had a rough childhood. He was physically and sexually abused growing up, got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice—once as a preteen and again at 22. At 23 he moved to Atlanta and took up odd jobs as he started working on his stage career.

In 1992 he wrote, produced, and starred in his first theater production, I Know I’ve Been Changed, somewhat informed by his difficult upbringing. Perry put all his savings into the show and it failed miserably; the run lasted just one weekend and only 30 people came to watch. He kept up with the production, working more odd jobs and often slept in his car to get by. Six years later, Perry finally broke through when, on its seventh run, the show became a success. He’s since gone on to have an extremely successful career as a director, writer, and actor. In fact, Perry was named Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment in 2011.