No matter where you are in life, it never hurts to get a little bit of inspiration from your favorite pop culture icons. They worked really hard to get to icon status, so they’re bound to have some great advice to help you reach your full potential – right? We definitely think so, so we’ve compiled a list of great advice that will help you the next time you’re feeling down and out.
“Do your best, that’s all that matters.” – Kerry Washington
We’ve seen Kerry Washington in action enough times to know that we should listen when she has something to say. Kerry believes that when you’re genuinely working to the best of your potential, you’ll be guided to where you’re supposed to go. Whether you agree with her perspective on fate or not, the idea that you should work as hard as you can to achieve your goals shouldn’t be dismissed. If you put your effort towards something, you will see results. That’s a promise.
“Life’s tough. Get a helmet.” – Lauren Conrad
Sure, Laguna Beach and The Hills ended several years ago, but who doesn’t look at Lauren Conrad’s transformation from preppy high schooler to self-made fashionista and get inspired? Thanks to reality television, we know most everything she’s been through – from turning her dream internship into the dream job to choosing love over work. L.C. knows that there’s no easy way to achieve your goals, so you should develop a thick skin so you can handle anything. Learning how to be tough will make reaching your dreams all the easier.
“When you fill your life with wonderful things and friends and love, you just don’t have time to worry about nonsense.” – Kristen Bell
Per one of our favorite blonde comediennes, it’s not about what you don’t have in your life – it’s about the things you do have. When you focus on what makes you happy, you don’t have to waste your energy on negativity. The next chance you get, count all of the things – big and small – that you’re thankful for. We guarantee you’ll be surprised at how long your list is, and at how your outlook on life will suddenly seem a lot more positive.
“Like yourself too much!” – Shonda Rhimes
There’s only one person that will be with you every single day of your life, and that’s you. No matter what anybody tells you, it’s okay to believe that you really can do anything, so don’t hesitate to shoot for the stars. Like yourself too much to believe that you can be a CEO, best-selling writer, award-winning entrepreneur, or anything else that you want to be, and you’ll find the confidence to do exactly that.
“There are no rules. Do your thing.” – J.K. Rowling
The “origin story” of the infamous Harry Potter author is common knowledge – J.K. Rowling went from being a single mother who wrote down her ideas on a napkin to a best-selling author and prominent philanthropist. As she’s told her fans time and time again, there is no traditional route to success; everyone is different and unique, and it’s okay if your version of success and happiness contrasts with somebody else’s.
There’s no guidebook telling you exactly what to do and when to do it, so doing what feels true to you is the best way for you to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. If you believe in yourself, the sky is the limit!