14 Female Entrepreneurs Share The Biggest Mistake They Made In Their 20s
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Often referred to as the "Odyssey Years," a lot happens in your first, pivotal decade of being an adult. While at 20, you’re rosy-eyed and bushy-tailed, filled with excitement and promise of all that you’ll be and accomplish, by 29, you’re much more grounded and have a more relaxed approach to life. You figure out that while planning and saving are smart ideas, oftentimes, life throws you more than a curveball, but rather, a giant rocket ship right smack dab in the middle of everything you thought you knew.

One highly-talented (and uber inspiring) group of women to learn from are female entrepreneurs. As most of these leading ladies started their businesses in their 20s, or were working up the courage to stem out on their own, they went through a lot of trial and error, ebb and flow, and figuring out their place in life and in work. From not being secure in the unique talents, gifts, and beauty that you contribute to the world and the marketplace to exercising the powerful message of "No" — these female CEOs and founders have some carefully-articulated words of wisdom for women in their 20s. Here are the biggest mistakes 14 female entrepreneurs made in their early days:

1I Didn’t Have Enough Confidence In Who I Was

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2I Didn’t Take Enough Time To Just Be

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3I Thought Things Would Just "Work Out"

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4Trying To Always Be Right

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5I Cared Too Much About What Other People Thought

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6I Didn’t Realize Job Interviews Were Two-Sided

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7I Didn’t Stand Up For Myself When I Was Being Disrespected

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8I Took Meetings I Shouldn’t Have

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9I Was Afraid of Being Uncomfortable

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10I Moved Too Much

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11I Underestimated My Value

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12I Said "Yes" Without Really Thinking About It

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13I Didn’t Require Payment At Purchase

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14I Didn’t Really Take Vacations

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Next time you’re faced with a tough time, need a little dose of empowerment or just want to be in awe, take it from these 14 go-getters.