The path to success is not always a straight line, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming when faced with the obstacles life throws at us. Although it’s easy to let these obstacles deter us from achieving our business goals, there are ways to conquer them so we can become successful.
On Oct. 28, New York Women in Communications presented their annual WiCi Awards, honoring nine extraordinary women who have made significant achievements in the communication field. The award ceremony was emceed by 2014 Matrix Award winner Dyllan McGee, founder and executive of Makers.
At the evening reception, each of the honorees shared her unique inspiring stories of how she overcame challenges and achieved success. It was evident throughout the night that no two stories were alike. The women’s words of wisdom left each member of the audience feeling empowered and motivated.
Here are the top words of wisdom from the 2014 WiCi honorees to help guide you in the business world:
“In chaos comes great opportunity.” – Stacy Martinet, CMO, Mashable
“I don’t have a definition of success. If you can define success, then there’s nothing left to do.” -- Zain Habboo, senior director for digital and multimedia strategy, United Nations Foundation
“Perseverance is key when it comes to success. It requires a tremendous amount of conviction and a willingness to see beyond what’s possible and just get it done.” -- Sarah Hofstetter, chief executive officer, 360i
“Fail hard, fail fast, fail often. If you have an idea, you just have to put it out there in the world. If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything!” – Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
“Persistence is victory. Success is not a straight trajectory; there are ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns. But if you keep your eye on the prize and focus on the finish line, eventually you’ll get there.” – Mara Schiavocampo, correspondent at ABC News
“For a long time, whenever I was about to tackle a new assignment, I would have this terrifying sense of fear. Then it hit me that if I’m not a little bit terrified, a new project probably isn’t worth pursuing.” – J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author
“When you hear no, say thank you and use that to make your next pitch better to get to yes.” – Danielle Weisberg, co-founder, theSkimm
“In the day-to-day grind, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the bigger picture or get distracted by shiny opportunities, but staying tethered to a goal has been key to our success so far.” -- Carly Zakin, co-founder, theSkimm
“You don’t have to have all the answers to take on a new opportunity or a new role in your career. The expression ‘fake it until you make it’ can work, and if you have the passion, the work ethic and the commitment to do something, those three ingredients are enough” – Maureen Sullivan, president, AOL.com and Lifestyle Brands
Hear more words of wisdom from these successful businesswomen: The 2014 WiCi Award honorees
Pictured above, L-R: Dyllan McGee (host), Reshma Saujani, Mara Schiavocampo, J. Courtney Sullivan, Sarah Hofstetter, Carly Zakin, Danielle Weisberg, Stacy Martinet, Zain Habboo, Maureen Sullivan.
Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff