It’s been a full year since Kerry Diamond took a job as editor in chief at Yahoo Food. But she’s still 100 percent entrepreneur.

Not only is she the co-founder and editorial director of the biannual food magazine Cherry Bombe, she is a restaurateur with three popular spots in Brooklyn, New York: Smith Canteen, Wilma Jean, and Nightingale 9.

Diamond turned her attention to advice on finding passion during her keynote at Inc.‘s 2015 Women’s Summit on Thursday in New York City.

“I get questions all the time from people,” she says. “For the younger ones, usually of college age, it’s ‘How do I find a job doing what I love. For those not of college age, it’s often ‘How can I switch careers.'” It’s exciting, she says, “they want to do something more interesting…more meaningful.”

To this end, she offered up eight solid and helpful tips for a successful career. Read ’em and be inspired.

1. Make friends.

For any would-be entrepreneur, it’s key to have a support system at home, naturally. But in your working life, it’s downright vital. Make friends with colleagues and even strangers, Diamond suggests, for “you never know which friend of a friend will be your next key to success.” It can be hard to put yourself out there–particularly for introverts. “If you’re not a people person, become a people person,” she says.

2. Make an impression.

Again, sorry introverts, but you’re not going to get anywhere by being a wallflower. Diamond urges that you “do something to get noticed.” She told the story of two of her latest hires–neither of whom actually applied to work at Yahoo. One worked at the New York Post‘s Page Six and had a food blog on the side. The other was just out of school with a major Instagram following in the food world. You have to ask, what can you do to make an impression? Her suggestions: Tweet at someone you admire. Volunteer for events where you can get in front of people in the world you want to meet. Send snail mail. Say good morning to your boss and good night before you leave. “You’d be amazed how many people don’t do this,” she says, adding that it can certainly set you apart.

3. Pursue your passion on your own time.

With technology being so accessible, Diamond points out that “following your passion on your own terms is easier than ever.” As an example, she cited YouTube sensation and Inc. 30 Under 30 honoree Michelle Phan. When Phan was a teenager, she was an aspiring makeup artist and her family needed money. She got rejected from a job working behind the makeup counter at a Dillard’s department store. So on her own time, she made makeup videos. Those videos led to her being named global video makeup artist for Lancôme, whose parent company L’Oreal eventually gave Phan her own line. Diamond’s take on Phan’s trajectory? “Sometimes the first step is just letting the world know you’re passionate about something.” If you don’t have any spare time, like many people claim, Diamond recommends reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. “It’s sobering to see how you use your time,” she adds.

4. Just say yes.

When she and a friend wanted to start a food magazine, which became Cherry Bombe, she didn’t have a business plan, but that didn’t stop her. When her boyfriend asked if she’d like to open a restaurant, she said yes. Although she realizes now that that decision probably should have been more considered–“Running a restaurant is probably the hardest business in the world,” she says–she has no regrets. “Sometimes naiveté can be your best asset.”

5. Make the most of your situation.

Diamond rattled off a series of career misses. While you can let rejections stand in your way, she encourages you to look at the silver lining. “Instead of fixating on what I didn’t get, I asked for other opportunities,” she says. Pitch in as much as possible, and ask for opportunities that go beyond your job description, she says, adding: “You might be surprised what you can get if you ask for it.”

6. Don’t be a dinosaur.

Be helpful. Embrace your strengths. Take the time to show people in the office how to use new technology, for instance. “If I’m old enough to be your mother and I’m the one telling you about Snapchat… well, we have a problem,” she says, adding that you have to be your biggest advocate. “I honestly feel like sexism will be less and less a threat in the future. The real problem will be ageism… You are supposed to be the one telling me what is cool, now, and next. I expect that of you.”

7. Be persistent (but not annoying).

It’s OK to be eager; it’s OK to demonstrate that you really want something. Naturally, you should try not to be annoying, she advises. “I usually send one email and that’s it,” she says. “If I don’t get a response, I think, OK. I don’t let it get to me.” She adds that that’s not necessarily what you should do. “Don’t be afraid to send an email more than once.”

8. Support other women.

This tip needs no explanation.