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How these two mega-successful women channeled (literal) sweat into their career goals


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You’ve got a mental checklist (ahem, or a novel-length iPhone note) for everything you want to achieve—but sometimes it can feel like the universe is getting in the way. So what do you do when you feel like you can’t catch a break?

Step one: Plug in your headphones and listen to the second episode of the Nike Air Society Podcast, which is collecting eye-opening advice from your new personal squad of mentors. Step two: Take fitness evangelist Angela Davis and legendary director Gina Prince-Bythewood as a personal case study.

Neither woman took no for an answer, a swagger they learned from a background in sports. “What sports taught me are these tenets that ambition is good, aggression is good […] be better than the next person, out-work everybody,” she explains. “What got me up off the floor was stamina and a belief in myself.”

“What got me up off the floor was stamina and a belief in myself.”

And she funneled that tenacity into her creative field, too. When Bythewood’s movie Love & Basketball got rejected from every studio, she kept pushing until she got a yes—and we all know how that story ends (with multiple awards and quotable cult-film status).

Listen to the whole conversation above, in which she and Davis sound off on how they found their passion, chased their dreams, and maintained determination—and check out every episode for your inspiration fix.

Want more inspiration on how to own your summer? Click here for more advice from awesome women (plus score some next-level fashion intel).

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