Starring in hit US drama Scandal as Olivia Pope, a powerful fixer who also happens to be the President’s mistress, Kerry Washington isn’t just a dominant character on our screens. Featuring in Time Magazine’s 2014 TIME 100 list of “The Most Influential People In The World”, and paving the way as a powerful activist it makes sense for every career girl to learn some life lessons from her.
1) “I always prided myself on the fact that I could live out of milk crates forever. It was kind of my way of detaching from materialism.”
Being a woman of great success it would be all too easy for Washington to lose sight of what really matters, but she remains humble. Reminding us that luxury is not a right, she brings us back to what’s truly important in life.
2) “I don’t think I’m even close to fulfilling my potential.”
If someone as triumphant as Washington is striving to be better, then there’s a lesson to be learned that we definitely should be too. Always wanting to push ourselves to be the best that we can be is a step in the right direction to becoming a woman even half as inspiring as Washington.
3) “I think sometimes in life we want to ignore the problems of society and just think about the good.”
It’s undeniable that her acting career is impressive, but what makes Washington truly inspiring is the way she stands up for what she believes in. Standing up for something isn’t easy, but there are times when speaking up is the right thing to do and will bring you closer to being the dominant figure that you desire to be.
4) “You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you.”
Being a successful career girl means being as knowledgeable as you can. It would be a lie to say that politics is an easy topic to pick up, but as Kerry says, it’s a part of our lives and if you’re seeking a successful career it needs to be a subject of interest.
5) “So I don’t really see myself not being able to act even if people don’t think I am sexy enough for film at 40, I’ll still be acting.”
A woman like Kerry Washington never apologises for who she is. In life you will inevitably face criticism, but being a powerful woman means taking it in your stride and never losing sight of who you are in the process.