As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on a wonderful year of learning from women in all avenues of the tech space. There is a lot of wisdom, experience and wealth of knowledge in the women we interviewed around the company and world this year, so we’re looking back on some of the best advice shared.

Here are some of our favorites – and we toss it over to you, our readers – what is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Lindsay Eavenson: The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

Amy Drevna: Always stand up for yourself, believe in your own voice.

Laura Centofonti: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. When you get overwhelmed just start taking action and you will be further along than you were yesterday.

ElMarie Hugo: Don’t sweat the small stuff! It’s about learning to pick your battles and understanding it’s not a race, it’s a marathon.

Jennifer (Baker) Suckey: Always be overprepared so you feel confident but don’t be afraid to let the agenda change course during a meeting.

Carla Garcia: Let things happen as they have to, do not try to control everything.

Jill Smith: Just keep swimming. Work and life can be tough at times but if you just keep moving forward then you will feel a sense of purpose and achievement.

Carla Peterson: What might seem like a step back, is always a step forward because there is always something to take from it.

Gina Hortatsos: You teach people how to treat you.

Heather Meheut: It is up to me to mold my career, take the initiative to make my path and ask for what I want.

Tammy Cunha: Treat everyone equally no matter title, status, race, or religion, and to treat people as you would want to be treated.

Denise Miller: Surround yourself with a diverse group of strong leaders.

Margie Jones: Mean what you say.

Michelle Eisenberg: When faced with a difficult situation, ask yourself ‘what would a great leader do/say/act?’

Kathy Stanley: Own your stuff. You have to be accountable for yourself and your choices.

Oana Lipovei: Don’t regret any decision you make. You may analyze and understand your decision but don’t run from what you perceive as mistakes. Learn from it. Don’t look back but look forward instead.