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Gwyneth Paltrow: What I learned from getting grilled by VCs

Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and chief creative officer of Goop.
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Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and chief creative officer of Goop.

Gwyneth Paltrow made a decision most of us probably wouldn't.

She traded the luxury that comes with a successful Hollywood acting career for pitch meetings and business conference rooms. Now venture capitalists and a corporate board question her every move.

"I (basically) walked away from a career where people kissed my a-- to being grilled by a VC or my board," Paltrow wrote in a post on LinkedIn.

Paltrow is working to build her lifestyle company Goop, and that has come with a lot of lessons.

"These days I spend every waking hour trying to execute on a strategy I created with my team to make Goop the number one global lifestyle brand (a girl can dream), while trying to get us to profitability before my series B runs out," she wrote.

Here's what the actress turned business executive learned from her career switch.

1. Self-reflection is important

"The punk rock kid in me is essential to my decision making, but she needs to be tamed and she definitely needs to think before she speaks," she admits.

2. People matter

"Culture is everything. Hiring is everything," Paltrow wrote.

3. You have to believe in yourself

"Thick skin is essential," she writes. "Self-belief is paramount."

Paltrow explained her plans for Goop and other lessons she's learned in the original post on LinkedIn.