Remember that girl from high school who was voted “Most Likely To Succeed”? Well, she did, and you can’t stand hearing all about it on Facebook every damn day. Instead of envying her, take a few cues from her. There’s more than enough room for ALL women to be successful, and if you want to be one of them, here are 19 things they do to get where they want to be – and you should, too.
Continue learning. Whether it’s a continuing education class in your career or learning a new skill (like speaking Italian), a successful woman knows the importance of keeping her mind agile. If you’re still on the path to becoming successful and don’t have the funds for Rosetta-Stone or out of town trainings, go check out some books from your local library.
Get organized. A successful woman is a busy woman, and the only way to keep all aspects of your life running smoothly is to get organized. This means utilizing your outlook calendar, making to-do lists, and keeping your space (work and otherwise) clutter-free.
Set goals. Almost everyone sets goals, but highly successful women know to keep them realistic and attainable. Stop making goals to lose 10 lbs when the real goal should be to hit the gym more. Once you do that, you’ll see the 10 lbs drop off in no time.
Take care of themselves. You can’t rise to the top if you aren’t taking care of yourself – mind, body, and soul. Get as much sleep as you need for full mental clarity (even if that means stopping before you’ve finished your to-do list), exercise daily, and know when to take time for yourself and relax.
Believe in themselves. And even if they don’t, they fake it until they make it. Confidence is half the battle.
Find a mentor. They know they aren’t inventing the wheel here, so go-getter gals are getting themselves a mentor. Find someone you aspire to and have them show you the ropes.
Make the most of every opportunity. Accomplished women know the importance of balancing their career with their social life, but also learned the art of turning a social event into a networking one. You aren’t going to make new contacts sitting at home bingeing on Netflix.
Delegate. Not only does she accept that she can’t do everything herself, she knows exactly who to task with what. Find those who are trustworthy and responsible and get them on your team.
Show gratitude. A boss lady knows she gets by with a little help from her friends, and she lets them know that she knows it, too. Doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, a hand written thank you note goes a long, long way.
Help others. Because she relies on the help of others, she’s always there with a lending hand when someone else is in need of her expertise. Always offer your assistance when you can, not only does it make you a team player, it makes you approachable.
Utilize their resources. It’s not all about being miss know-it-all, it’s about knowing where to find the answers. Make Google your BFF.
Arrive on time. Time management and respecting the time of others is essential. Not only will people not take you seriously when you’re late, it’s just downright rude. Make a point of being 15 minutes early everywhere you go, and develop the mentality “if you are on time, you are late.”
Pay attention to details. Compliment someone’s shoes and pick up on a typo everyone else in the office missed. Noticing the little things is what makes people feel important and sets you apart from the crowd. Accomplished women know that you get ahead faster with your ears than you do your mouth. Absorb as much information as people are willing to give and know when to keep your mouth shut.
Take chances. She knows the risk is worth the reward, but always proceeds with caution. If you know there are better job opportunities for you elsewhere but are too scared to move, take the plunge girlfriend!
Demand respect. A true bad ass babe knows her worth and isn’t wasting time with anyone who doesn’t also recognize. Stand up for yourself and stop taking crap from people.
Spend wisely. She may not have time to clip coupons, but she can always spare a few seconds to find a good deal. She has learned to live fiscally conservative, but allows herself the occasional indulgence of a new pair of shoes. Stop living paycheck to paycheck and start contributing to your 401k.
Know when to say no. She’s not biting off more than she can chew because she would rather do 5 things exceptionally than 20 half assed. She doesn’t make plans she knows she can’t keep, and she doesn’t do things she doesn’t want to do.
Don’t settle. Whether it is in work or in love, she knows what she deserves and isn’t settling for anything less.
Know when to move on. Powerful women know when to cut their losses. If your job or your boyfriend aren’t giving you what you need, it’s time to find a new one.