Advice is worth what you pay for it: Quora

I got all on my high horse on Quora. My answer is below, but there’s a ton of interesting conversation going on in the Quora thread in general from very cool folks like Gina Bianchini, Rachel Sklar, and others.

What advice would seasoned women in tech give to younger girls deciding to make a tech career for themselves?

Don’t get sucked into the notion that you’ve got to be a bitch to be successful. The more you can do to dispel the notion that we’re all out to get each other, the better off we all are.

Do good work, and stand behind it. Remember that it’s work. Not playtime. Or you wouldn’t be getting paid.

Take criticism with your head up, and take responsibility for what you know you should do.

Don’t accept a single professional moment that compromises you, your integrity, or your safety.

Family first. This goes for your colleagues, clients, and customers, too. (Be kind, rewind, etc.)

Read everything you can get your hands on, especially things that you disagree with, and figure out what you truly think about the world. Always be learning.

Talk to other women. You may find out more by listening to them.

Be true to yourself. Write it down if you’re not sure who that is today.

Volunteer. Nothing for shaking you out of a navel-gazing slump like doing something for someone else out of the goodness of your own heart.

Advice is worth what you pay for it.