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How to Invest in a Healthy Well-Being and Successful Career - Adweek

Empowering mentors, earning secondary degrees, completing certification courses—these are just some of the investments professionals make throughout their lifetime that inevitably lead to success. But what about the small yet significant changes that can contribute to this success? Investing in the day-to-day routine can also have a big impact on personal well-being and success.

We asked trailblazers: What’s one way you’ve invested in yourself that’s had the most impact over the course of your career? From taking bets on themselves to upgrading their personal surroundings, these powerful women share their tips for success.

Personal leaps of faith

“Moving to America from Italy (against my family’s will) opened opportunities that I would not have been granted in my country, so that was a big bet on myself. In general, over the course of my career I have invested in never silencing my curiosity and desire to learn.” —Lina Polimeni, chief media officer, Eli Lilly and Company

“Over the past few years, I’ve sort of adopted this Shonda Rhimes ‘Year of Yes’ mentality where I would accept any opportunities that I felt aligned with my passion for social media and push me forward in the direction I envisioned for myself. Most of those opportunities weren’t paid, but I was able to walk away with knowledge and experiences that I would later need to take me to the next level in my career.” —Bianca Kea, senior social media manager for VH1 and founder of Yo Soy AfroLatina

“Reflecting on my career, the moments I’ve grown the most have been when I’ve made a conscious decision to invest and believe in myself when faced with uncertainty or risk. I’ve learned that when you are unsure but you trust in yourself your value system, and the way you work, you will get a great outcome. You will be surprised both at what you accomplish and all of the ways you grow.” —Emily Boschwitz, svp of marketing, Cameo

Purposeful learning

“Learning can come in many types: both formally (when I look to learn at the top executive programs globally) and informally (from colleagues, friends, sponsors and team members). I plan my learning purposefully and focus on the areas of most interest to drive business performance. Be curious, be a learner, but do it with a plan.” —Patricia Corsi, global chief marketing and digital officer, Bayer

“I’m an avid reader, not just of business books but a wide range of fiction to nonfiction. Reading is how I get my inspiration, where I find my mental reprieve and what makes me a well-rounded dinner guest. Of course, it also helps me stay fresh on what makes great storytelling.” —Amy Hufft, head of global brand marketing and communications, Shopify

Relationship with fitness and wellness

“Ironically, I had always under-invested in fitness in my life. Then I started to work at Peloton and it changed my relationship with exercise. It’s funny to think how much I have experienced Peloton as a consumer, not just an executive. It makes approaching my work with a deep and personal connection to our target audience really gratifying. It is categorically true that better fitness in your life leads to better outcomes in other areas, like your career and personal life.” —Karina Kogan, svp and head of global product marketing, Peloton

“I’ve been a yogi for several years. As the saying goes “I got 99 problems,” but I’m about to hit this mat for an hour and not think about any of them. It not only gives me peace for that one hour, but it keeps me healthy and in shape. However, I struggle to practice at home. I’ve resorted to a little bit of organizing and home improvement and creating more spaces to enjoy since we’re spending more time at home.” —Deadra Rahaman, vp of brand planning, Huge Midwest

Environmental upgrade

“With Covid, my travel has of course been limited, so I have committed to local travel and exploration in the woods around my house. I have invested in hiking boots, snow shoes and have started a 10,000 step daily challenge. If you drive by my house, sometimes you might see me walking up and down my driveway in the dark!” —Gail Tifford, former chief brand officer, WW

“Within the past year, aside from therapy, I committed to relocating to a new city and upgrading my living space. Environment is everything when it comes to mental health, self-love and productivity. I realize that I cannot continue to do my favorite thing, which is pouring into others, if my own cup is empty.” —Junae Brown, CEO and founder, Browned 2 Perfection

Learning the ins and outs of the biz

“The time I have spent learning business operations and learning about finances. The organization is one thing, but business operations is another aspect of a successful business. I had the opportunity to connect with a business coach that had helped me lay out my plan, build out my audience and create systems. I had to take the time to intentionally learn about what money means and how it is to be used as a vehicle. These were pivotal aspects that impacted my business the most.” —Jasmine Green, CEO and founder, MARZ

“I invested time in learning about each of the industries I was getting into—airline, leisure, hospitality, sports. I wasn’t hired because I was an expert in an industry—I was hired to bring a fresh view and perspective into the organization.” —Nuria Tarre, CMO, City Football Group

“In the last year I’ve gotten smarter by pouring myself into the tech sector. I carve out the time to do it and I read everything from what new b-to-b and b-to-c tech is coming to market, to general trends and emerging technologies. My role requires me to be the expert in this space for our organization, and I invest the time and energy to do so.” —Zaileen Janmohamed, head of partnership development and innovation, LA28

To hear more from these incredible leaders, check out Adweek’s Women Trailblazers series for their full interviews and advice on career, mentorship, work-life integration and more.