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Careers are not what they used to be — we know this. These days, it’s common to find yourself chasing down more than just one or changing from one to another. You might be doing one by day — the money one — and moonlighting for your side-hustle — the passion one — by night. 

You might not yet know what it is you want your career to be, or what it should be, or what you’re supposed to be, or do, or want. You might be at school and hate it. You might be there and love it. You might not be able to afford it, or you might be working yourself silly trying to prove you’re worth taking a chance on. The point is— no one has any good idea about what the hell it is that they’re doing. So, you’re not alone. 

And to prove my point about your not being alone, here’s some sage advice from five women who are very good at what they do, and who also happen to be complete strangers:

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"The moment you want to give up, that's the moment you have to push. that's the moment you're closest to success. When you do succeed, it's important to reward yourself for those victories. I'll take a trip or do a 2-hour massage when I finish a collection. Friends and partners will always tell you you're great, but you have to be the one to reward yourself. I've made the best creative decisions when I wasn't working, when I was on a break or traveling." — Camilla Engstrom to Waiting for Saturday

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“In the beginning, it was really difficult for me to justify what I was doing because I wasn’t making any money. It took a long time for me to understand that money isn’t what makes work valuable. I’m doing things because I’m passionate about them, because I believe in them. Just because I’m not making money from them doesn’t mean that I’m not legit.”Caroline Ventura to OKREAL

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"Shut down everything that is happening around you and connect with yourself — don't get derailed or confused by people or their expectations."Ambra Medda to toryburch.com

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"It’s actually a quote from Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”"Bianca Bosker to Of Mercer

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"Be honest with yourself about what you like and what you don't like. I think I used to spend a lot of time imagining a girl who was cooler and smarter and better than myself, and what she would do. But the truth is, it didn't matter what she would do because I wasn't that girl. I had this idea that it would be super cool if I was into science, but I didn't care about science! What I wanted to do was study restoration drama and Elizabethan poetry, and I tried to stay away from it because I felt like I didn't wanna be the kind of girl who likes that. And that's stupid because that was the kind of girl I was." Greta Gerwig to i-D

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