Struggling to identify your dream job, start a business, or pinpoint the right time to make a major life change? Though it feels tough to mbake a decision when you鈥檙e tired, disappointed, or unsure, hindsight is, indeed, 20/20. Since everyone needs a bit of reassurance and can benefit from a dash of wisdom from time to time, we checked in with nine successful women to get the advice they鈥檇 give their younger selves. Read on for a major dose of inspiration.

Believe in Yourself and Go For It

Sona Gasparian, the makeup artist and beauty vlogger behind Simply Sona and the founder of P茅rsona Cosmetics,says that when looking back, she鈥檇 give herself some simple advice: Believe in yourself. 鈥I was always full of great ideas but was too afraid to start them,鈥 she admits. 鈥淚 thought my dreams were too big and I would convince myself not to pursue them.鈥 She says that it wasn鈥檛 until her mid-20s that she began to look at life differently and understand how manifestation works. Today, she says she believes that no dream is too big 鈥 as long as you believe in it and do your best. 鈥淲hen I was 26 years old, I ditched my traditional job and took a major pay cut to do what I love. I started my YouTube channel and worked really hard to build it. While my friends were out socializing, I was in my room, filming and editing. Shortly after, I decided to start my own cosmetics line, P茅rsona Cosmetics. Now my developments are being sold at Ulta Beauty and our brand is growing quickly. Always remember that your dreams are not too big. Believe in yourself and work hard in silence to make them a reality.鈥

Search for Job Alignment Instead of a Specific Title

Gwen Elliot, a course producer at Shopify, says that she could never have predicted her job would exist when she first started carving out her career path. 鈥淢y journey to this role involved working in television (including producing a show that got picked up by the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada) to being a full-time entrepreneur to working in my current role at Shopify,鈥 she explains. 鈥淎s a course producer, I create online courses that teach people how to create their dream businesses.鈥 Elliot tells us that she would advise her younger self to look for alignment, rather than a specific job title.

鈥淔or too many years, I ignored my intuition for roles or opportunities that didn鈥檛 feel quite right 鈥 and ignoring my inner voice caused me to burn out and feel very frustrated. When I was going through a more recent career transition, I focused on getting aligned (through meditation, martial arts, and taking better care of myself) and soon after discovered my current role.鈥

Don鈥檛 Feel Boxed in By the Future

鈥淭he advice I鈥檇 give my younger self is two-fold: Don鈥檛 feel boxed in by the future, and be okay making mistakes,鈥 says Meredith Wood, VP of Content at Fundera. 鈥淲hen you鈥檙e a recent college grad, it鈥檚 easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to define the path for the rest of your life 鈥 or like every choice is irreversible.鈥 Wood goes on to remind us that it鈥檚 really hard to know what you鈥檒l want when you鈥檙e young, and chances are you won鈥檛 know how you feel about a specific career until you try it. 鈥淎t the time, something like picking the wrong major or first (or second or third) job feels like a huge mistake. In reality, you鈥檙e learning about yourself with each decision, and each of these experiences will expose you to something that will contribute to your future career in ways that are sometimes hard to predict.鈥

Trust Your Path

Eileen Gittins, CEO and Co-Founder of Bossygrl, says she鈥檇 want her younger self to know that the dots can connect later, even if they don鈥檛 make sense right now. 鈥淲orry less,鈥 she says. 鈥淚鈥檇 say that it鈥檚 amazing how one thing can lead to another.鈥 She reflects on her successful path as proof. 鈥淎fter 9/11 and the dot-com crash, many venture-backed startups were unable to get follow-on financing. I didn鈥檛 know what I was going to do; there were no jobs and no money to start another company. Feeling the need for a creative break and a way to stay in touch with people I cared about, I started taking photographs again. I asked folks from my various startups if they鈥檇 agree to a photo session at their house, the beach, their studio, wherever. Soon, I found that people wanted prints. As a result, I founded Blurb, the self-publishing platform, as a way to efficiently share photos in a premium quality book.鈥

Steve Jobs expressed similar faith in his famous commencement speech, saying, 鈥淵ou can鈥檛 connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.鈥 Use your experience, passion, and curiosity to confidently move in the direction of your dreams.

Surround Yourself With Good Humans (And Be One Too)

Mary Marantz, a talented photographer and entrepreneur and one half of Justin + Mary, says that the people you surround yourself with can have a big impact on your success. 鈥淚鈥檇 tell myself to be a really good friend,鈥 she says. 鈥淭o be personable and be real 鈥 actually real. To do your own work, and act with integrity. To give credit where credit is due; not to step on people. To learn from others and ask questions to figure out what鈥檚 working. To be direct and ask what鈥檚 not. I鈥檇 tell my younger self to learn from others鈥 experiences and mistakes to grow.鈥

Christine Andrew, the stylish force behind the blog Hello Fashion and founder of ILY Couture, echoes Marantz鈥 sentiment. 鈥淏e good to others,鈥 she says. 鈥淕ive when and what you can, whether it鈥檚 your time or money. None of us can make it alone, so lift others wherever you stand. Always make it a priority to give back!鈥

Try New Things, Especially When You鈥檙e Afraid To

Andrew, who has truly built a digital empire, had more wisdom to share with us. 鈥淚 believe in goal setting because ambition without goals doesn鈥檛 get you anywhere. I鈥檇 advise myself to set short- and long-term goals with a timeline to keep me accountable 鈥 but I鈥檇 also tell myself to try new things,鈥 she says. 鈥淲hether it鈥檚 a trend you鈥檙e nervous to try or an adventure you think is extreme, never let second-guessing hold you back. Be adventurous.鈥 Sound advice that clearly works super well.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

鈥淎ll too often, we see young women who are too hard on themselves; I still am at times,鈥 Emily Duff Bartel, Senior Product Manager at Uber, admits. 鈥淚 think this is especially the case when we鈥檙e younger and working hard to establish who we are.鈥 Bartel says she wishes someone had suggested that she be herself and believe in herself, but most importantly, be kind to herself. 鈥淚鈥檇 tell the younger version of myself that it鈥檚 okay to fail; it means I tried something new and challenging. I鈥檇 remind myself that we never know what we鈥檙e capable of until we try.鈥 Beautifully stated.

Know What Your Strengths Are

LyAnn Chhay, VP of Community at Poshmark and one the company鈥檚 early employees, sings the praises of knowing your strengths after overcoming obstacles to get to where she is today. 鈥淚鈥檇 tell my younger self not to sweat the small stuff; in the grand scheme of things, the small things don鈥檛 matter. Instead, I鈥檇 say to focus on realizing your strengths in the professional world and to use them. This will make you happiest and most successful.鈥

Recipe developer, blogger, and Instagram influencer Dara Pollak of The Skinny Pig agrees that knowing where you can flourish and where you struggle is important as you continue your career (and life!) 鈥淜now your weaknesses and seek advice,鈥 she says. 鈥淚鈥檇 tell myself to speak to a financial advisor about ways to budget better. It鈥檚 something that doesn鈥檛 come naturally to me and I still struggle with it sometimes.鈥

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