Top 10 Celebrity Career Tips

What on earth is the point of listening to celebrities when it comes to your career. Well, celebrities had to do something to become celebrated. So maybe their advice is worthwhile. Or maybe it’s just something fun to read between resume uploads. Either way, here are our top 10 celebrity tips for succeeding in your career.

1. Maya Angelou: Make your own path.

Things ahead not that appealing? Going back to the beginning sound tedious? Why not veer of course and make your own path. Get creative and make things happen for yourself.

2. Bill Gates: Simple is smart.

Over-complicating something can highlight its flaws. If you can boil something down to its essence and make a case for it, then you have something to sell. In the case of a job search, that something is you!

3. J.K. Rowling: Failure is something to be proud of.

“I don’t think we talk about failure enough,” J. K. Rowling told Today.

Taking of stock of your failures and using them to catapult you into your next move forward shows strength and resilience. Use these turn around moments as badges of honor when thinking about your career.

4. Diane von Furstenberg: Be real.

Stay positive but get to know yourself. Understand your strengths and challenges and be true to those as you move through your career.

5. Shonda Rhimes: Say yes.

Shonda Rhimes describes how she found herself turning down opportunities before she had even considered them. She turned that on its head in her book, Year of Yes. Without saying yes, you are missing out. See how this small shift turns into big opportunities.

6. Deepak Chopra: There is wisdom in uncertainty. Embrace it.

Uncertainty is likely the only certainty in life. If you embrace the wisdom in it, the constant renewal in it, you will constantly see your career and other things in life with a constantly refreshed set of eyes.

7. Arianna Huffington: Don’t work too hard.

More hours don’t equal better work. Work smarter, not harder. Your career will have room to grow if it is not your only focus.

8. Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands: Be nice.

Be nice to everyone you come into contact with, at work, at interviews, and really, everywhere. You never know when you will encounter them again and in what capacity. How you treat others is a true reflection of your character.

9. George Stephanopoulos: Relax.

Things that you consider worries today, will likely have no impact in the long term. So relax. But do be optimistic and consider saving a bit for the future.

10. Suze Orman: Ignore unhelpful criticism.

If you are successful, you will be criticized, both to your face and behind your back. Develop a thick skin to unhelpful forms of criticism from competitors, or anyone trying to undermine your efforts.