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Reese Witherspoon's 5 Tips for Harnessing Your Power

Reese Witherspoon will tell you there’s no better teacher than real, messy life. So on this magazine’s 10th anniversary, we asked the actress, entrepreneur, and Draper James founder exactly what it takes to harness her power…and how you can harness yours.

1. Purpose
"Having a daughter and wanting her to see real women reflected on film is so important to me. People say, 'Oh, you've got to talk about [gender-inequality in Hollywood].' Talking about it has never been that effective. I like when people do something about it. I realize I have a finite amount of time. I want to facilitate opportunities for other women by buying the books that have female leads and choosing to hire female interns. I refer to it as finding the right space and being aware of what's missing."

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2. Ambition
"How wonderful it would be for our culture not to see ambition as an ugly thing within a woman's personality! In our society, when we see women who want to succeed or who view themselves as leaders, it's like, 'How arrogant!' Well, I think it's fantastic. I knew when I was looking for a producing partner, I wanted somebody whose skills were completely different from mine but [whose goals were] just as lofty. Bruna's a powerhouse. We both wanted to show women doing different things. Women aren't always good in our movies; sometimes they're not very trustworthy. Gone Girl is a good example—it's an interesting study of female nature."

"I want to facilitate opportunities for other women by buying the books that have female leads and choosing to hire female interns."

3. Support
"While I was making [2010's How Do You Know], I met this great coach, Sue Enquist—she guided the UCLA softball team to four national championships. She said, 'Thirty percent of the people you meet every day are going to lift you up; 30 percent are going to be neutral; 30 percent are going to bring you down. Don't spend your life with the bottom third.' Successful women don't have a lot of time for people who don't lift them up. There are a lot of people in life who want to tear you down or get you involved in their drama. That's a big life lesson that is hard to learn when you're young, but as I get older, I see women weeding people out of their lives. This is healthy. You don't need to be a good friend to someone who's not a good friend to you. You don't even need to be a good daughter or sister or wife to somebody who's not good to you. It goes that far."

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4. Charity
"When I started [my new lifestyle and clothing company] Draper James, it was so important to me to give back to women who are entrepreneurial. Girls Inc. has created incredible programs all over the U.S. that empower women economically. This month, Draper James is going to start funding a Girls Inc. initiative: It's about economic education and financial education, so moms and their daughters can learn [things like] how to invest, what a mortgage is, how you start a business."

"You don't need to be a good friend to someone who's not a good friend to you."

5. Grit
"That pit in your stomach, like you're going to be asked to do something you can't accomplish? I still haven't conquered that. Every time I start a film, I'm terrified. But the worry isn't helping, you know? Run the worst-case scenario, like, 'The worst thing is the movie's not going to do well, and I'm going to get bad reviews.' That's already happened in my life, and I didn't die."

For more exclusive life advice from Reese Witherspoon, pick up the October 2015 issue of Women's Health, on newsstands now.

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