This Women’s History Month, we celebrate the woman entrepreneurs who have launched careers in unique ways.
Reshma founded Girls Who Code, an organization started specifically to close the gender gap in technology. She took advantage of a market that was available and started creating value for girls all over the country.
Reshma is also a bestselling author, her most recent release being Brave, not Perfect. It’s all about how to make bravery a lifelong habit.
“Embracing failure is the most important trait I’ve developed in my career. I have tried to learn from my failures, and I believe it has made me stronger, more confident and more resilient.” -Reshma Saujani
Payal couldn’t find a dance class to take after work. Instead of getting frustrated, she created a solution to her problems. Through her company ClassPass, she is making workouts easier and more fun for people all over the world.
Payal is also the Artistic Director at the Sa Dance Company, where she continues to put her passion for dancing into action!
“The impact we have on other people’s lives is, to me, more important than any title a person can carry.” -Payal Kadakia
She’s commonly known for her book The Happiness Project. One day she asked herself, “What do I want out of life?” and the answer came quickly, “I want to be happy.” From there, she launched into a 365-day experiment that became a book, a bestseller, and then a movement. Talk about changing the world!
The Happiness Project combines old-time knowledge with modern studies and Rubin’s personal experience. Because everybody wants to be happy (of course!) this book has been a hit all over the world.
“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” -Gretchen Rubin
She learned a huge life lesson through teaching 7th-graders. From there, she threw herself into psychology, especially the study of grit: the combination of passion and perseverance. She’s the author of the bestseller Grit, as well as the founder of the nonprofit CharacterLab.
“I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”
Sara cut off the toes of her pantyhose often. Her company was born when she heard Oprah Winfrey mention doing the same thing. So she invented Spanx, a lifesaver for women everywhere. Spanx has expanded to designing more than just shapewear: activewear, tops and t-shirts, and even jeans are available on the website!
“When I was a child, my father used to encourage my brother and me to fail. At the dinner table, instead of asking about the best part of our day, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something to tell him, he would be disappointed. When we shared whatever failure we’d endured, he’d high-five us and say, ‘Way to go!’ The gift my father gave us by doing this was redefining what failure truly meant.” – Sara Blakely
She’s one of Time’s “Most Influential People” but for what? Organization! That’s right, the little girl that tidied the classroom while her classmates played became the inventor of the KonMari method. It’s a way to organize that consists of sorting all your belongings and keeping only what “sparks joy.”
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” -Marie Kondo
Criticize by creating. Magatte Wade is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur best known for her ideas on the role of the free market in overcoming poverty. Her company, Tiossan, produces skincare products based on ingredients from her native country, Senegal.
“Not living up to our potential is a failure for which the only person who can possibly be responsible is oneself. That’s a very scary situation, isn’t it? No one to blame – but yourself! So does this change how you choose to live on a moment-to-moment basis? It should.” – Magatte Wade
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So they started theSkimm. It’s a daily email that has over 4,000,000 subscribers! It focuses on a short, simple, and easy-to-read version of the news. It’s so good, even Oprah Winfrey is subscribed to it!
World-changing careers aren’t born because of the perfect credentials. They’re born because someone put an idea into action and created value for the world around them! Learn how you can launch your career here.