Anyone thinking that there isn't a woman out there in the world dreaming of becoming something bigger than herself, should go ahead and walk outside. That's because a look into what makes women tick will allow you to find it's their passions, their dreams, their drives. Everyone knows the road to trailblazing isn't easy, though. So, we put together a list of the lessons that our favorite fearless females took away while on their way to the up and up.
Find Your Passion, Chase Your Dreams
It might seem like a cliché, but it's a strategy that made the aspirations of the founders of Nasty Gal, Birchbox and even Williams-Sonoma a reality. These women knew that they had a passion and focused their energy on fine-tuning their skills. Some of them tried on different hats before they stumbled upon what got them pumped, but their ultimate commonality is that they pursued their dreams. Remember, discovering your passion isn't enough to make it all happen. You'll have to unearth your drive to pursue your passions and dreams and oh yea, take risks— all of these examples of #GirlBossdem had to put in the hard work and take risks to get where they were.
When a girl from a small town in New Mexico earned her Girl Scouts science badge she did it by building a rocket. The success gave her the boost she needed to pursue a career in engineering— a field most people believe to be a men's only playground and certainly not for Hispanic women. That girl went on to crush it in the sciences. Now she's the CEO of Girl Scouts USA and you might know her as Sylvia Acevedo, AKA former exec to multiple Fortune 100 companies. She's also got a small side gig as the Commissioner on the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Yee girl, that White House. Snap up that confidence, a little bit goes a long way.
YouTube celebs Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart (now authors and film writers/actors) started their blazing careers making short online videos that were filtered with their own spins and personalities. They were funny, weird and relatable — gals you definitely wanted on your squad. The BFFs combined millions of followers are proof that you can be unapologetically yourself and a power player.
Forge Your Own Red Carpet
We've got to hat tip Sophia Amoruso who wrote the book on #girlbossing, for being the bossest of the #girlbosses. The San Diego native saw her way through various odd jobs, thrift stores and hamburgers as commerce before she ever built her mastermind project Nast Gal. The multimillion dollar fashion business was fashioned by a road atypical of most successful power players in the fashion industry. After discovering the power of eBay and social media the business woman took on every aspect of her business from hiring and shipping to photographing models who she paid with hamburgers. Amorous is proof that it takes innovation and grit to do it big. Not only is she our favorite of the #girlbosses, she's a reminder that we all gotta start somewhere.
Sophia’s first tries at her business on eBay/Myspace opened her eyes to instant customer feedback allowing her to understand her buyers and their needs. Grace Helbig used her fans to co-write her third book, Freak Week, by inviting them to submit chapters. SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan grew a dedicated following by offering a positive workout experience whose keystone was backed by a strong community of instructors and riders. All of these #femalefemales listen to what the people wanted and gave it to them. Remember, provide. Don't dictate.
Do All of The Asks
You'll never know if you don't ask. And note, anyone who shuts you down for asking a question should keep on stepping because they're already out of the game. Harvard business grads, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna knew that they would need help from established makeup brands to get their subscription line on its feet. So they went ahead and plugged away with emails and asks. Katia sent out a trove of cold emails to CEOs of brands she admired, pitched her business model and asked if they could be a part of it. Eventually, they found makeup brands that said yes and now we have Birchbox.
Remember, Learning Is The New Black
Tyra Banks didn't stop at her success as the first African-American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She propelled forward, becoming an actress, creator and producer of America’s Next Top Model, and an author. She snapped up a business degree from Harvard and launched her own beauty company. The fiercest of the #fearlessfemales is committed to growing, learning and challenging herself. Always.