1. Don't plan your career: Most of the women on the Fortune MPW list, starting with PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi, No. 1 in the rankings since 2006, had no clear career map when they graduated college or business school. Rather, they stayed flexible and open to the possibilities.
2. Forget the ladder: climb the jungle gym. What good is a ladder when the world is changing so fast and unpredictably--and who knows what tomorrow's ideal job will be? Think of your career as a jungle gym, sharpen your peripheral vision, and look for opportunities all around.
3. Worry about the job you're in："If you don't do that one well, you'll never get the next one," says Jan Fields, who started out cooking French fries at McDonald's (MCD) and rose to U.S. President. While it's important to envision some ultimate goal, says Fields, "you have to focus on what you have right now, or that long-term opportunity won't come."
4. Follow your compass, not your clock: Avon Products (AVP) CEO Andrea Jung lives by this advice, ever since she got passed over the first time around, for the CEO job. Former Time Inc. (TWX) CEO Ann Moore, on the Avon board at the time, gave Jung this advice. It's good that Jung stayed. In the CEO role since 1999, she's now the longest-serving female chief in the Fortune 500, and she's on the Apple (AAPL) and General Electric (GE) boards.
瞄准人生大方向，不必在意一时得失：可以说，雅芳产品公司（Avon Products）CEO钟彬娴的成功靠的就是这句话。当时，她在公司CEO的首次角逐中败北，时任雅芳董事会成员、时代集团（Time Inc.）前任CEO的安•摩尔给了她这条忠告。于是，钟彬娴打消了离开的念头，留在了公司。钟彬娴从1999年便一直担任雅芳公司CEO，是《财富》 500强公司（Fortune 500）中任期最长的女性CEO。同时，她还在苹果公司（Apple）与通用电气公司（General Electric）董事会任职。
5. Take risks: Google (GOOG) VP Marissa Mayer had a slew of job offers from well-known companies in 1999 when she was coming out of Stanford University with a Masters in Computer Science. She chose Google, then a brand new startup, because, she says, "I wanted to work for smart people, and I wanted to do things I wasn't ready to do."