Songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez speaks at the TIME and Real Simple's Women & Success event at the Park Hyatt on Oct. 1, 2014 in New York City.
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Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez spoke with Today Show host Tamron Hall, former CEO of WWE Linda McMahon, and Real Simple editor Kristen van Ogtrop about her path to success and the advice she’d give to young women. Here’s what she had to say:

On the wrong approach to success:

On the ‘aha’ moment where her attitude changed:

On when she realized she wanted to be a songwriter instead of an actor:

On failure:

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