6 Inspiring Soundbites From the #My9to5 Series to Take You Into 2018

Words to Inspire in 2018

Wow, what a year it has been for the #My9to5 interview series! From Hollywood actresses and food stylists through to ophthalmologists and surfing champions, I profiled so many talented and accomplished women throughout 2017.

The women I interviewed this year taught all me a powerful lesson – be it about work, life or sustaining a creative passion. And here I’ve selected six of the best soundbites to inspire as we move into the New Year. Enjoy…


You learn more from your mistakes
than you do from winning

“It’s impossible to compete without facing mistakes and disappointments. And you learn more from your mistakes than you do from winning. They help you come back stronger the next time.” – Lucy Campbell, England’s Women’s Surfing Champion


The reality is that most people
have no idea what they’re doing

“The reality is that most people have no idea what they’re doing – they’re just fumbling along and praying no-one finds out that they’re secretly a fraud. Find something you’re passionate about; something that excites you, intrigues you, pushes you and makes you want to learn more. Then go at it with everything you’ve got, regardless of whether you’re doing it right or whether other people think you’re doing it right. Because trying new things and sometimes making mistakes is the only way to find a kind of success that truly fulfils you.” – Hannah Gale, Lifestyle Blogger

Katia Beauchamp Birchbox Interview


Don’t accept no from someone who can’t say yes

“In the early days [of Birchbox] the best piece of advice I received was from an adviser who had started a couple of e-commerce and media companies. At the time I was pitching Birchbox to brands and hearing “no” a lot. I wasn’t becoming discouraged, but I do remember talking to him about it and he said, “Don’t accept no from someone who can’t say yes.” And I think that is such a profound statement.First of all it means you should think carefully about who you’re speaking to. Do they even have the authority to say yes? And, if not, are you empowering them with the right information so that they’re equipped to go and advocate for you? You have to help people say yes to you.” – Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox co-founder and CEO (pictured above)


Use whatever skills you have
to touch other people’s lives

“One of the greatest lessons I think you can ever learn is to use whatever skills you have to touch other people’s lives. At the end of the day it’s not always about money. Yes, money will help you live comfortably, but you can’t take it to where you’re going in the end.” – Joanne Crosby, Ophthalmologist for Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Lucy Shiny Thoughts


Allow yourself to experience things that you know are positive for your creativity

“I’m actually finding that I feel less and less motivated [to blog] at the moment. But I think it’s just a process of allowing yourself to see, read and experience things that you know are positive for your creativity. And then avoid looking at things that you know will have the opposite effect and make you feel jealous or like you’re not doing well enough. It’s really important to know which buttons to press for yourself.” – Lucy Nicholls, Social Media Content Producer at Boden (pictured above)


Don’t be afraid of working from the bottom up

“The best advice I’ve been given is not to be afraid of working from the bottom up. When you want to become a presenter or an actress that’s all you want to do, and it can be hard to see the bigger picture. Your ego kind of gets in the way. But you have to get your ducks in a row and take those baby steps… And, if you think about it, that time is going to pass anyway, even if you’re just sitting behind a desk at an office job you hate. So you may as well get on the path you actually want to be on and get the ball rolling.” – Anna Johnson, TV and Radio Presenter

Do any of these soundbites resonate with you? And who would you like to see profiled in the #My9to5 series in 2018? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…

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