Change your work out­look this week us­ing mantras from women who’ve al­ready made it…

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Dream Big

‘I’m a big be­liever that we have to com­mit to things and make them a reg­u­lar habit in or­der for them to work – par­tic­u­larly for women, to dream big is re­ally im­por­tant.’ Sh­eryl Sand­berg, COO, Face­book

Don’t Com­pro­mise

‘Don’t ever com­pro­mise – be­lieve in your­self, that you can achieve any­thing, and don’t de­pend on oth­ers to get you there. Don’t be afraid to try many fields to nar­row it down to what brings you hap­pi­ness and suc­cess. Fail­ure is one of the best things in busi­ness; it only makes you stronger in your next ven­ture – kind of like re­la­tion­ships, it teaches you what you want and the things you don’t need.’ Melissa Obadash, founder of Melissa Obadash Swimwear

please Your­self

‘It’s so im­por­tant to be who you are, even if you don’t please ev­ery­one.’ Ka­tia Beauchamp, founder of Birch­box

stand up

‘Wher­ever you are in your ca­reer – your first po­si­tion, or a man­ager, or even an ex­ec­u­tive – you have to be ready to stand up for your­self. But it should be done in a firm but re­spect­ful way. Al­ways re­mem­ber, re­spect is earned.’ Mary Bara, CEO, Gen­eral Motors

say no

‘No is a very un­der­used word and an ex­tremely pow­er­ful word.’ Sarah Willing­ham, en­tre­pre­neur and former Dragon on BBC2’S Drag­ons’ Den

Be fear­less

‘Be fear­less in your ap­proach. If you want some­thing, no one’s go­ing to be more pas­sion­ate about that than you are. No one’s go­ing to fight harder for it than you.’ Re­becca Minkoff, founder of clothes and accessories brand Re­becca Minkoff

It’s time to be­lieve in your­self…

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