I recently raised my hand to lead a Squad of women within Ellevate, which I joined in January of this year. What I love about our Squad is that we share resources, offer feedback, encouragement and support in a safe (virtual) environment over a 12-week period.

Prior to our initial “Minding Your Business” discussion, I shared a video “The Top 50 Rules for Women Entrepreneurs” featuring 10 rules from each of the following women:

  • JK Rowling
  • Beyoncé
  • Martha Stewart
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Alex Morgan

Because success leaves clues, I compiled my “Top 20” from what these amazing women shared, including 3 nuggets of my own. What I love about these tips is you can apply them personally and professional – whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee!

  1. Failure helps you discover yourself
  2. Take action on your ideas
  3. Believe
  4. You have the power to imagine better
  5. Be curious and creative
  6. Have a plan
  7. Run with your idea
  8. Obstacles can be solved
  9. Understand the next right move
  10. Seize the opportunity
  11. Everyone makes mistakes
  12. Relax, it’s going to be ok
  13. Take it day by day
  14. Focus on what you do best
  15. Find your tribe
  16. Have confidence in yourself
  17. Dream big
  18. Keep your life balanced
  19. Grow and give (when someone helps you, don’t forget to help someone else)
  20. Play along the way. Live, laugh, learn and love!

Ericka Spradley is the Chief PowHer Officer of Confident Career Woman which is the premier consulting firm for corporations and the mid-career professional woman who wants to advance, better manage her career, and go further faster. Ericka is an advocate who partners with clients to help women ditch perfection, play bigger and make PowHer Moves by: identifying their next role, creating a career strategy, offering ongoing career guidance, and coaching clients to master interviews. For additional information, visit: ErickaSpradley.com