10 Successful Women Recall Their Early Career Mistakes

Some career mistakes—like not  or —can cause short-term setbacks. Others, like focusing too much on a product when you should be proving the validity of your concept, can have a much greater impact on your . Smart leaders know that setbacks are inevitable, but the key to overcoming hardships is to learn from your .

To find out, we looked to 10 to share their early career errors and how they contributed to their later successes. You'll soon discover that failure can be a key stepping stool to greatness and it's how you bounce back that sets you apart from the rest.

Ready to start leaping into the unknown and making your idea happen? Read up on how some of our favorite fearless leaders did it first in their books below. 

What mistakes have you learned from in your career? Have they helped or hindered your path?

Update: This story was originally published on May 5, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.