If you鈥檙e starting out in your career or just landed a new job, it can be challenging to advocate for yourself. Asking your manager for a promotion, nailing a job interview, or even getting your foot in the door for a dream job may seem like daunting tasks, but standing up for what you want and need is an important skill to learn no matter what career you want. In our How to Quit Your Day Job series, we ask female entrepreneurs and successful women how they started their own companies or landed their perfect profession. Here, 10 career superstars divulge how they developed their ability to advocate for themselves.

Jane West

1. Act like you own the place.Jane West, CEO of Jane West, a cannabis company, says, 鈥淛ust go in there and act like you own the place.鈥 She shares, 鈥淲hen I first started in the industry, I told myself, 鈥業 am not a CEO.鈥 I honestly never thought of myself like that. But over time I watched all these other CEOs manage their businesses, and that inspired me. I realized if I was going to develop all of the products I wanted to bring into existence through my company, it would have to be my responsibility as CEO to work up the business relationships and figure out the designs and start selling the products. Now it seems obvious that my title should be CEO, but it鈥檚 all about finding your confidence.鈥 (Photo via Jason Travis)

Natalia Butler of Ben & Jerry's

2. Play to win.Natalia Butler, a Ben & Jerry鈥檚 flavor guru, shares how she applied for her job at the popular ice cream company. 鈥淥ne day, I saw the job posting for Ben & Jerry鈥檚. I originally had no intentions to move, as my career was growing, but I applied and said, 鈥楬ey, this is my dream job.鈥 I said to myself, 鈥業 might not get it, but if I don鈥檛 play, I won鈥檛 win.鈥 After a set of interviews, I got a call from the recruiter that, out of hundreds of applicants, I got it. I cried in the parking lot for about 30 minutes out of happiness. Taking the job at Ben & Jerry鈥檚 was the best decision I have ever made.鈥 (Photo via Ben & Jerry鈥檚)

Lisa Hunt

3. Read inspiring stories. In 2016, Lisa Hunt was one of the 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs featured in In the Company of Women ($35), a curated collection of inspiring women by Grace Bonney, the founder of Design*Sponge. When Hunt launched her first collection of prints in 2015, she submitted them to Design*Sponge for coverage and was featured in the 鈥淲hat鈥檚 in Your Tool Box鈥 column on the website, which put her on Bonney鈥檚 radar. Says Hunt of the book: 鈥淚t鈥檚 the book I wish I had when I was a young girl in need of confirmation that women that looked like me were out there in the world living fearless and creative lives. That I can be a unique and imperfect individual and my creative voice will be valued and is needed in the world.鈥 (Photo via Kelly Marshall)

Grace Kraaijvanger of The Hivery

4. Trust yourself.Grace Kraaijvanger, creator of The Hivery, a co-working space for women, says, 鈥淵our life is a creative process. There is no finish line and no defined outcome. You鈥檙e the one who feels like she鈥檚 standing on the edge of the cliff with nerves in your stomach and wings on your back. You鈥檙e the one who noticed that fear and exhilaration live in the same place in your belly. It鈥檚 you who knows that you have to keep going. It鈥檚 you who knows that you love getting advice, but ultimately you already know.鈥 (Photo via Ana Kamin)

Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky of BaubleBar

5. Challenge the status quo. Before BFFs 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 BaubleBar)

Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict

6. Don鈥檛 worry about everyone liking you. From the start, Cora Harrington, founder of The Lingerie Addict, was clear about what she wanted her blog 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 Harrington, who has grown her site into a six-figure blog and penned a book called In Intimate Detail ($25). (Photo via The Lingerie Addict)

Alexis Jones of ProtectHer

7. Listen to your tribe. Even though activist Alexis Jones, founder of ProtectHer 鈥 a program that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses 鈥 is hugely accomplished, she faces self-doubt like anyone else. 鈥淚t鈥檚 hard as hell to have a vision and bring it to fruition,鈥 admits Jones. 鈥淲ithout a support system and powerful tribe to remind you that you鈥檙e capable of doing extraordinary things, it鈥檚 easy to listen to the lies that exist within yourself.鈥 To combat her fear and self-doubt, she relies on the knowledge that her friends and family will make sure she doesn鈥檛 give up. (Photo via ProtectHer)

Molly Hayward of Cora

8. Be unapologetically yourself. Molly Hayward, founder of Cora, a brand of feminine products, says she spent much of her 20s trying to be what others envisioned as a business professional. 鈥淚 wanted to fit in with the crowd that looked and sounded like the person I thought I should be,鈥 she reflects. 鈥淚t took a lot of time, introspection, and formative experiences for me to realize that I could build a successful company on my own terms, as my free-spirited and wild self, if I was willing to be brave enough to do things my way, own the things I cared about, and not apologize for any of it. In fact, when you鈥檙e unapologetically yourself is when people actually start to respect you.鈥 (Photo via Cora)

Shauna Gartz of Shauna Loves Planning

9. Work for yourself.Shauna Gartz, who started her own event planning company Shauna Loves Planning, is the mom to three boys and loves that she creates her own work schedule. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 tell you how many times I thought about creating my own wedding and event planning company before I finally did it. I was pretty sure I could do it, but for years, doubt always found a way to creep in. The safety net of an employer was too alluring. Until one day, I decided that I don鈥檛 want to look back on my life with regrets. I would much rather have tried and failed than never even tried. Not only am I doing what I love and working for myself, but I also get to control how much I work and when I work,鈥 says Gartz. (Photo via Anne Liles Photography)

Candace Nelson of Sprinkles

10. Pursue what you love. Out of college, Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles, worked as a financial analyst at an investment bank and then in business development at an internet company. 鈥淲hen the bottom dropped out of that world in 2000, I, along with so many, was out of a job. I decided to go back to school to pursue something I really loved, so I enrolled in pastry school and upon graduation, started a custom cake business out of my house,鈥 she says. 鈥淎t the time, cupcakes were still kid鈥檚 lunch box fare with shortening-laden frosting and garishly colored, waxy sprinkles. The cupcake was in desperate need of reinvention, and that鈥檚 when I became obsessed with the idea of a cupcakes-only bakery, and Sprinkles was born.鈥 (Photo via Dane Deaner)

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