The start of a new year always means looking at what goals, resolutions, and dreams you鈥檇 like to tackle in the coming months. Perhaps you want to revamp your office desk, or you鈥檙e on the hunt for a new job. One thing is for sure: A tribe of badass women out there are doing what they love for a living, and we can always learn from what they鈥檝e done to get there. In our How to Quit Your Day Job series, we鈥檝e chatted with dozens of movers and shakers 鈥 from artists to the CEOs of BaubleBar 鈥 about how they鈥檝e made their dreams come true through long hours, guts, and unending drive. Below, 10 dreamers and doers share their best advice for hitting your goals and more.

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1. Create your own school. While working full-time, Emily Ley, the organization guru behind the Simplified Planner and Emily Ley Paper, started making stationery on the side, teaching herself how to create a website using YouTube tutorials. 鈥淚 would stay up very late trying to create my own website. I Googled all sorts of questions and educated myself as best as I could to start small, but smart,鈥 says Ley. She was so excited to learn that it didn鈥檛 matter that she was devoting her free time to learning about her passion project. (Photo via Laura Foote)

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2. It鈥檚 okay to fail. Disney screenwriter Victoria Strouse, who penned Finding Dory, stresses that she鈥檚 failed a lot in her career. 鈥淚 have failed in scene writing. I have failed an entire script. I have failed selling scripts. I have failed getting movies made. I鈥檝e failed pitching shows. I have failed so much that to say it鈥檚 part of the job is almost laughable,鈥 says Strouse. 鈥淭he expression 鈥榳riting is rewriting鈥 is true. To make something good, you have to hone it and hone it and hone it.鈥 (Photo via Jason LaVeris/Getty)


3. Don鈥檛 worry about everyone liking you. From the start, Cora Harrington was clear about what she wanted her blog The Lingerie Addict to be, but not everyone else was on board. Initially, a lot of lingerie brands didn鈥檛 want to talk with The Lingerie Addict because it didn鈥檛 have the right look, so Cora focused on her readers instead. 鈥淲hat a shame it would have been to stop in those early days because other people disliked my blog. Be nice, but don鈥檛 worry too much about everyone liking you,鈥 says Cora. Now, her six-figure fashion blog is the go-to in the lingerie industry. (Photo via Coco Haus Photography)

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4. Take baby steps toward your dream.Melissa Ben-Ishay, founder of Baked by Melissa, makes it clear that her success wasn鈥檛 achieved overnight, but instead was built on small steps that she took over time. 鈥淒o one thing every day that moves you forward,鈥 says Ben-Ishay. After Melissa was fired from her advertising job, she still interviewed for full-time ad gigs while working on Baked by Melissa. 鈥淓very day I took steps toward my goal of making my company a success, while keeping a realistic outlook and doing everything I could to continue to be employed.鈥 (Photo via Baked by Melissa)

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5. Swap skills with a friend. If you鈥檙e a pro at painting nails, but want to learn some business skills, approach a friend who has those talents and offer her free manicures in exchange for business advice. That鈥檚 what Jin Soon Choi, the founder of the famed Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa in NYC and the creator of the JINsoon nail lacquer line, did when she was first starting out and wanted to learn English. 鈥淎 friend, with whom I exchanged manicures for English lessons, helped me secure my first lease for a salon, which is how I met my architect husband, who designed and built all of my salons,鈥 says Soon. (Photo via Jin Soon)

6. Challenge the status quo. Before Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky started BaubleBar, they had no background in fashion or jewelry, but they didn鈥檛 let that stop them. They were passionate about accessories and saw a void when their shopping needs weren鈥檛 met. 鈥淒on鈥檛 be afraid to challenge the status quo, as every great company starts out as a crazy idea! Deciding we were going to do it ourselves and start BaubleBar meant getting over our fear of the unknown and going for it,鈥 says Yacobovsky. (Photo via via BaubleBar)

7. Give yourself a physical challenge.Ellen Bennett, a former cook who created a chef鈥檚 line of custom aprons with Hedley & Bennett, challenges herself by signing up to do things that are out of her comfort zone. 鈥淚鈥檒l sign up for a ridiculous, crazy, over-the-top physical challenge, like a 300-mile bike ride, or a triathlon or marathon 鈥 all things that have happened in the last few years! Extreme sports push you so significantly past your comfort zone that you prove to yourself that you can do it, beyond the point that you think you can,鈥 says Bennett. (Photo via Lily Glass)

8. Nevertheless, persist.Whitney Port and her co-CEO Laurenne Resnik run Bloom2Bloom together and share that if you want to start your dream business, be persistent. Resnik suggests, 鈥淔ind that balance between being unbelievably relentless in making your vision become a reality and in having the patience it takes to learn from your own mistakes and from others who want to help you.鈥 She shares that being persistent is essential, but the ability to step back and see what you鈥檙e doing from multiple perspectives is also helpful. (Photo via Cole Moser)

9. Don鈥檛 be afraid to be the only woman. 鈥淚 spent a lot of years being the only girl in a class, a band, in a group, at a meet-up, etc,鈥 says artist and illustrator Stacy Michelson, a freelance food illustrator who runs a successful Etsy shop. 鈥淢aybe I always believed that the kind of artsy things I liked weren鈥檛 necessarily feminine or masculine, or maybe I just had great teachers and role models who never treated me differently. All I know is there are so many things I鈥檓 really glad I did, even when I looked around and said to myself, 鈥淗mm, it鈥檚 all dudes here and me. Weird.鈥 (Photo via Camellia Tse)

10. Light that fire.Jala Smith-Huys, founder of Seek & Swoon, admits that it took her a long time to finally make the jump to start her line of eco-friendly throws. 鈥淚 spent over a decade fearing the leap. I think I finally got so fed up with my fear (and my own failure to launch) that it lit a fire under me that I couldn鈥檛 ignore,鈥 Smith-Huys admits. Her best advice for beating the fear: 鈥淭rust your gut, find your tribe, and just do it.鈥 (Photo via Billy Huys)

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