Career Advice from Elle Magazine

This month’s Elle magazine – the one with Taylor Swift on the cover – is themed “power dressing.” But that doesn’t just mean padded shoulders and ’80s suits. Throughout the issue, famous and successful women are interviewed and asked for advice for up and comers. Some of it is pretty great. A couple of the best:

  • “My very first real job in the industry was as a production assistant on a show called Infinity Factory in 1976. There was a large sheepdog in the cast that wasn’t housebroken and would literally take a dump in the middle of the floor, and I had to clean it up. I chuckle on one hand and I get annoyed on the other that there’s a generation of young adults who come into the business with a bit of resentment about doing some of, literally, the shit work. Big deal! Getting coffee for somebody is not a terrible thing. There are so many things that can be taught, but a positive attitude – you either have it or you don’t.” – Bonnie Hammer, president of NBC Universal
  • “You have to do what you really, really want to do, even if it scares the shit out of you.” – Saturday Night Live star Kristin Wiig
  • “Dude, don’t email me a tip from your work account.” – Dealbreaker.com editor Bess Levin
  • “I’ve spent much of my professional life in the room with macho guys who don’t want to hear what I have to say, so what I encounter in Washington isn’t new. I understand the importance of trillion-dollar institutions in the economy. But for me, the economy is about our people. If we fail to focus on that,  we miss a critical perspective on the economic crisis and what needs to change. Sometimes before a big presentation my heart starts beating harder and I can feel it clack against my ribs. But I remind myself, ‘This is nothing compared to the millions of families who are worried about losing their homes. So suck it up.’” – Professor Elisabeth Warren, chair of the Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • “I would never run away from the word tough.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi
  • “If you’re not scared shitless by your new job, you haven’t reached high enough.” – Publicist Leslee Dart
  • Not to go all New Agey, but the truly successful women I know, and I don’t equate money with success, have a generosity of spirit that allows those around them to shine as well. They know that no matter how brilliant one might be, it takes other people to make a brilliant career.” – Roberta Myers, Elle Editor in Chief
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