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The best advice to build your dream career


It can be difficult to define your dream career, let alone pursue it — the path can be fraught with risks and self-doubt. 

Ask! Glow RecipeChristine Chang, Sarah Lee and Sarah Lee were the co-CEOs. The pair quit their jobs as global marketing executives at L’Oréal in 2014 to pursue an even bigger dream: launching their own skin-care brand inspired by their Korean heritage and K-beauty trends. 

Chang and Lee pooled $50,000 of savings and started Glow Recipe as a 2-woman operation. They eventually had the funds to hire additional employees. Even though it meant working late to pack shipments or test products, Glow Recipe taught the couple valuable lessons on how to build a business and a career. 

Glow Recipe has become one of the most popular brands in skin care. It closed out 2021 with an estimate $100 million in sales. 

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Chang and Lee sat with CNBC Make It and shared their best advice for how to land — and win at — your dream job.

“Think two- or three steps ahead”

Lee suggests that it’s easy for us to become distracted by the day-to-day grind of work, but we should have clear goals no matter our career stage. 

A human resources director at L’Oréal Paris gave Lee this advice at the start of her career, and it’s stuck with her ever since: “Always think two or three steps ahead, not just your immediate next step.” 

When you are clear about your vision, begin mapping the steps you need to take to reach it. 

Lee suggests that you have a single vision and then work toward it. You can break down your vision into manageable steps and plan how you’ll get there. 

“Never attempt it on your own”