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grimes gives business advice

plenty of #girlboss tips galore.

by sara tardiff

Okay, so we know the basics: Grimes is 26, is a self-proclaimed feminist, has a crazy successful music career, has produced and directed music videos, and is the ultimate queen of grunge-chic (and unexpected hair colors). The usual. But what you may not know is that on top of everything, she is also the CEO of two companies and a recent start up. And even though you may still be sulking over the fact that she just scrapped her latest album because it "sucked," the pop star is here to tell you pull it together and get into #bossmode.

So whether you want to be an artist, musician, entrepreneur, or all of the above, Grimes is teaching you how to turn your wildest business endeavor dreams into reality with killer tips on how to dominate the business world, straight from ROOKIE YEARBOOK THREE (edited by our October cover star Tavi Gevinson). We learn it isn’t about age or gender—it’s about being a straight up boss, whether that means being a little more straight forward or keeping yourself both mentally and physically healthy. Read a few of our favorite tips below, and check out the rest at Elle

"Read/watch biographies of people you admire. I’ve learned more from this one practice than from anything else, really. Also, if you’re around someone who does what you want to do, ask them questions and watch them work."

"Jump rope. It is the most efficient way to get cardiovascular exercise in any kind of weather, without going to a gym. Exercise is very important if you’re dealing with depression or anger issues—and any job in the entertainment industry will cause both."

"Just because someone has more qualifications than you doesn’t mean they’re better than you. We live in the age of technology, so you can Google anything you don’t know how to do. The only thing you can’t Google is how to be creative and unique. Your thoughts have more value than a degree or a parent in the same field or whatever. I always think about my grandfather, who became an engineer with only a seventh grade education. It’s a very cliché thing to say, but nearly anything is possible if you set your mind to it."

"If you are tired and you need to be peppy, drinking a bit of straight hot sauce really works."

"Really, the most important thing is eliminating self-doubt. This is basically impossible for me, but I’ve found that if I act like a boss, I can convince myself that I am a boss when I need to be one. I copy things that I’ve seen politicians and actors do; I make eye contact with people; I try to keep my shoulders back and my head high; I gesticulate wildly and sometimes take long pauses (silence can be very intimidating). I try to act like I’m powerful, onstage and off." 

Boss on, ladies. Boss on.