Confucius is quoted as saying, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” While that's not strictly true — we've been known to break a sweat now and again — there's a lot to be said for working on your own terms.
Just ask any of the eight success stories ahead, each of whom has landed their dream job and/or launched their own company. How did they do it? We asked them to share their career secrets, from getting a foot in the door to hiring the right people to going above and beyond, and of course, just getting it DONE. Preach on, pros. Want even more R29? Get the latest news, tips, and can't-resist stories delivered straight to your newsfeed, in real time.