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"Meet 4 new people a day and ask them what they do for a living. You will have a much better understanding of the world, and be far less frustrated when things aren’t working the way you want them to."

TIMOTHY DRAPER

Founder of Draper Associates & DFJ Venture Capital

"Connect with others; you never know where it may lead. Focus on how you do things more so than what you do. That is, understand what types of environments inspire the best in you."

BURUNDA PRINCE

Managing Director of The Farm

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"You have to believe in yourself and go for it. Who would have believed a body suit and a wrap skirt would have revolutionized the way women dressed? There was no precedent for it. I don’t consider anything a mistake. You learn from everything you do, the good and the bad."

Donna Karan

Founder of DKNY

"Don’t waste too much time on a prior thinking. Just get started. Fail faster, which means: do small low-cost low-risk experiments to test your ideas and be ready to change quickly."

Jimmy Wales

Founder of Wikipedia

"Making mistakes is part of any job (and in life, for that matter). One learns from mistakes and hopefully you don’t repeat the same mistake. The point is to think about what happened and why; admit it was an error and don’t try to cover the mistake up as it will just get bigger and cause more anxiety or problems."

Cathie Black

Former Chairman and President, Hearst Magazines

"The influx of social platforms present great opportunities for emerging musicians to be discovered, but on the flip side, it can also be challenging to get your voice heard in a crowded space. Up and coming musicians need to be strategic to get their name out there..."

Shawn Prez

Founder of Global Spin Awards

"...[M]any of us often tend to rely on external forces, such as a partner, a job or a company for our financial stability, now and future. However, we have to remember that partners, jobs and corporations can come and go, for all kinds of reasons. As such, you have to be poised to take care of yourself..."

Nely Galán

Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer

"Failing. It’s the nature of the game when it comes to startups but it still stings...Ultimately, bouncing back and realizing that the failure is usually not a reflection of your work but a reflection of several factors – many of which are not under your control – timing, capital, market, etc. allows you to live to fight another day..."

Reza Chowdhury

Founder & CEO of Alleywatch

"It’s as simple as disrupt or get disrupted. If you aren’t willing to change and evolve with the larger shifts taking place, you will get left in the dust. The key, no matter the industry, is the CEO, who has to own the transformation."

John Chambers

Former Chairman/ CEO, Cisco

"You only get one chance to make a good first impression so whether it’s a cold call, a cover letter or email, make sure it counts."

Abby Schreiber

Executive Editor, Paper Magazine

"If you’re going to bring up problems to your boss, try to also have solutions to recommend, at least as a jumping off point. And be nice to everyone, because...everyone knows everyone else and you will very likely end up working with some of these people repeatedly in different contexts throughout your career."

Carolyn Kylstra

Editor In Chief, Self Magazine

"Greatest success was the initial opening of The Kitchen in Boulder. After doing software, everyone thought I was crazy to open a restaurant. Proving that I could do it was one my proudest life achievements."

Kimbal Musk

Co-Founder, The Kitchen

"My upbringing shaped my life by making me aware and grateful. Aware of my privileges and grateful enough to work really hard when I was given an opportunity...All of my experiences led me to where I am now—working to end hunger for millions of families as CEO of Feeding America."

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

CEO, Feeding America

"Every work day is about winning, getting ahead and continuing to adapt because if you sit still, someone is going to eat your lunch. Be ferocious about optimizing each day and each meeting so you can accomplish your goals and keep moving forward."

Roy Schwartz

President & Co-Founder of Axios

"I can’t stress it enough, but sometimes life works out in ways that you least expect and that’s important to always remind yourself. Your first, second or maybe even third job might not be your dream job and that’s ok!"

Daryn Carp

Andy Cohen's Asst, Bravotv Host & Co-Host, Martinis & Murder Podcast

"Sometimes a rejection is a blessing because it gives you the opportunity to ask for feedback and then really heed it for next time."

Gabrielle Korn

Editor-In-Chief, Nylon Media

"It’s cliché to say lead by example, but people forget how contagious genuine optimism and enthusiasm can be. You can’t expect someone to be excited by something if it doesn’t excite you first."

Graham McDonnell

International Creative Director, New York Times

"You can’t do anything alone, so find partners. At the same time, don’t wait for others to start. Get out there and lead."

Abigail Disney

CEO, Fork Films & Founder, Peace is Loud Charity

"Be nice to all people. It took me 30 years to realize the importance of this and how helpful it is in life."

Georgina Bloomberg

Owner of the Equestrian Team New York Empire

"My greatest success thus far has been learning that I don’t always have to know everything and I don’t always have to know the right answer. Because there’s usually no right answer."

Jessamyn Stanley

Author of 'Every Body Yoga'

"Talk is key because it is how humanity relates. Progress is premised on talk. Love, companionship, collaboration, civil and civic exchange, reconciliation, resolution, revelation, reclamation and revolution, are rooted in talking."

Dr. James Bailey, PHD

Founder and Principal at Lessons on Leadership

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