6 Influential Women Share Their V. Different Ideas Of What 'Success' Means


A Girlboss Radio roundup of some of the best reflections on "success." 

It's been a little over a month since Girlboss Radio came back for its second season, and if you haven't tuned in, you've been missing out on some seriously inspiring, raw, and insightful conversations.

The six incredible guests so far—New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay; actress and Goop empire-builder Gwyneth Paltrow; behind-the-scenes Hollywood powerhouse Kelly Mullens Brown; journalist turned venture capitalist turned health care founder Kate Ryder; ProDay CEO and founder Sarah Kunst; media mogul and activist Janet Mock—take a deep dive into their biggest failures, their pothole-laden career paths, and what keeps them getting out of bed in the morning.

The topic du jour yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day after: What does it mean to be "successful"?

Naturally, this diverse group of women has a diverse range of answers. Check 'em out below, and catch each episode in its entirety below. 

Roxane Gay


“Success has to be more than financial. It’s being able to give as much as you take.

"When you achieve a certain level of success, are you hoarding it for yourself or are you sharing it? Are you creating opportunities for other [women]?”

Gwyneth Paltrow


“Success, to me, is relationships that function really well. I think without relationships of quality, you are not a successful person.” 

Kelly Mullens Brown


"Preparation is half the key to success—knowing who you’re in the room with before you’re in the room."

Kate Ryder


“For me, success is waking up without many regrets.

"It’s being proud of what you do, treating people with respect, being a happy person.”

Sarah Kunst


“Money matters, but I think [success] is having this sense of fulfillment and contentment with your life. It’s waking up every morning and surrounding yourself with challenges that you’re excited to tackle and people that you like…

"Don’t feel bad about what makes you happy. Just go find a way to put it in your life.” 

Janet Mock


“To me, success is doing what you absolutely love, driven by your own sense of purpose, without having to compromise your principles.

"It’s being able to show up fully as you are in those spaces.”

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