Sometimes the simplest advice is the best advice. New York Women in Communications’ second annual WiCi Awards were held Oct. 28, 2014. Nine young women were honored as “Rising Stars in Communications.” Mashable’s Megan Ranney gathered a piece of advice from each of these women. None is groundbreaking, but all come from real experiences on the paths to success.

Zain Habboo (shown above), senior director for digital and multimedia strategy at the United Nations advises women to be flexible in their definition of success. “I think if you can define success, then there’s nothing left to do,” she said.

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, tells women not to be afraid of failing. “”I always say fail hard, fail fast, fail often,” she said. “I think if you have an idea, you just have to put it out there in the world. If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything!”

There is opportunity in chaos, according to Mashable CMO Stacy Martinet. “We’re living in a chaotic time for media and marketing, but with a lot of change and uncertainty can come opportunities to further your career growth. Seize on these moments,” she said.

Read all of the WiCi honorees’ insights on Mashable here. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve received? Share it on Step up and join the conversation.

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