“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”—Marilyn Monroe

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Your life is just a series of lessons. Sometimes bad things happen so that you can succeed later. Marilyn believes that we are the sum of our experiences.

Tip: When thinking back on your work history, realize that all of your experiences – the achievements and the failures – contribute to the type of employee and individual you are today.


“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”—Marilyn Monroe


In order to stand out and accomplish something truly world changing, you have to be unique. It’s important to try things that are a little bit scary and a little bit different. If you want to be an innovator, you must do things that are imperfect, mad, and a little bit ridiculous.

Tip: During your interview, make sure to highlight risks you have taken and the rewards they have yielded.


“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will.”—Marilyn Monroe


It’s important to make mistakes and to create giant messes. If you don’t create these messes and experience failure, you will never learn. Even if you fail, however, you never want that to impact your confidence in yourself. View these failures as lessons, and you will have the strength to succeed in the future.

Tip: Tell your interviewer of an experience with failure and how this experience actually increased your confidence and helped you succeed later.


“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”—Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn encapsulates many of the most important strengths for a woman. We live in a world full of powerful men, but that does not mean that we cannot create a world full of powerful women as well.

Tip: Never be intimated to ask for things and shortchange your own worth. Be confidant in who you are and what you deserve. During your interview, make sure to display this confidence in yourself.


“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”—Marilyn Monroe


No matter the situation, it is important to smile. Just this simple action can cause others to feel more positively towards you as well as boost your own mood. Try smiling when you’re feeling down, and that smile might also help you feel a bit happier.

Tip: Smile and make eye contact with your interviewer. Simple body language can make you seem more confidant and likeable.


“I said pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”—Marilyn Monroe


Before leaving your apartment in the morning, make sure to feel confidant. This confidence comes from both your physical and mental state. Make sure that you look presentable. For some, this might mean wearing lipstick, for others it might mean wearing your best shoes. When you leave in the morning, leave all of your mental anxieties and stresses at the door as well. However, we might not need the drink.

Tip: Before an interview, shower, put on professional clothes, and look the part. Make sure that you have collected yourself both mentally and physically. A clean and polished appearance is an easy way to ensure a positive impression.


“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”—Marilyn Monroe


Sometimes it’s important to break the rules. In order to reach new heights, you have to think in different ways. Try things in different ways and try bending the rules. If you fail, then you’ve only learned a new lesson.

Tip: Tell an interviewer about a time you succeeded after breaking