9 Women Share Their Best Pieces of Business Advice

The likes of Jo Malone and the founder of Lastminute. com share their tips.

Some of the world’s biggest entrepreneurs have shared their words of wisdom on the Secret Leaders podcast, and from Jo Malone to the co-founder of Not On The High Street, here are some of the best soundbites of advice to apply to your own career.

1. Be your own cheerleader

Never feel frightened to use your voice. Keep being present because it’s really important. Never feel like your voice isn’t worth putting out there.” – Martha Lane Fox, founder of Lastminute. com



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2. Follow your instincts

“I think sometimes in business you get that real gut feeling and when you know something is right, don’t keep questioning it because you will eventually talk yourself out of it.” – Jo Malone, founder of Jo Loves

3. Never give up

“Just keep going and look at your business like a child. Would you ever give up on it? No, you wouldn’t. Are they going to scream all night maybe for months on end? Yes, they are. Accept it!” – Holly Tucker, co-founder of Not On The High Street



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4. Look after your mental health

“I try and carve out time for the things that are really important to keep me sane and to keep my family happy.” – Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet

5. Surround yourself with people who inspire you

“The best advice I ever got was from my Dad. He said to always, always not be afraid to hang out with people who are clearly smarter than me. If you’re going to go anywhere, you’re going to hang out with people who are going to be scarily brighter or more polished and smarter than you – just choose them.” – Anne-Marie Huby, co-founder of JustGiving

6. It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it

“I don’t think there are failures anymore. I think I used to when I was younger but now I believe that everything that happens – whether people would dub it success or failure – it’s all learning. You have a success, you learn from it. You have a failure, you learn from it. I think it’s probably only a failure if you don’t learn from it.” – Renee Elliott, founder of Planet Organic


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7. Find an environment that nurtures your strength

“You need to work for a boss who likes you. If you work for a boss who doesn’t like you – quit and get another job. You need to be in an environment that actually supports your strengths; avoid the boss that tells you to fix your weaknesses. Great things are done when individuals work to their strengths.” – Anne Boden, founder of Starling Bank

8. Don’t just look out for number one

“You know when you’re pursuing these great businesses and these great dreams, make sure it’s not coming at the cost of something that you might regret and just make sure you’re always giving a little bit more of a shit than you think you are about the rest of the world.” – Gail Gallie, founder of Project Everyone


9. Never get too comfortable

“I think the moment you feel successful, you’ve probably lost it. Building a start-up is a constant battle against not dying and the minute you get to a steady state you’ve got to make that choice about whether you want to break it to make something bigger.” – Alice Bentinck MBE, co-founder of Entrepreneur First

Series three of Secret Leaders is now live. Listeners can subscribe, as well as listen to series one and two on iTunes and Spotify. For more information, visit www.secretleaders.com.


This article first appeared in the COSMOPOLITAN UK.

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