inspirational women series: maria bartiromo

maria bartiromo

While I don’t have an autographed headshot of Maria Bartiromo sitting on my desk at work like Ivanka, I’ve admired “Money Honey” for years. I used to watch her show, “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo,” weekly with my dad just in awe of the incredible conversations she would have with global thought leaders. She was always so quick on her feet, knowledgeable about a wide variety of subjects, and clearly a very, very sharp woman. Her experiences are incredible – she was the first journalist to report live on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, has received countless prestigious awards, and has written a number of bestselling books (including one of my favorites, The Ten Laws of Enduring Success). She is passionate about business, communication and the news – and has become one of the most successful financial news anchors in history.

A few of her lessons that resonated with me the most are:

1. Think Long-Term.

One of Maria’s mentors once told her, “Maria, you have to think about where you see yourself in five years. Once you get that picture, then you have to work toward it now. That’s the best advice I can give you.” I’ve always had a very long-term focus with my own life – setting goals for the month, the year, the next five years, and even over the course of my entire life. I think it helps you stay focused on what matters most and keeps you moving in the right direction.

2. Work Your Butt Off.

Maria is the first to say that her biggest attribute to success is working really, really hard. “Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by, by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you’re doing. And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.” Growing up, I’ve heard the phrase “only the paranoid survive” over and over again – and this is exactly it. You can never become complacent, or someone else will outwork you.

3. Control Your Fate – Or Someone Else Will.

In The Ten Laws of Enduring Success, Maria talks about not letting circumstances happen to you – but actually creating your circumstances. “It’s such a basic idea — a centerpiece of success: You can’t go through life thinking that the tide will just move you along and take you where you want to be. You have to swim there. I know I don’t want people working for me who are just rolling along with the tide. I want the strong swimmers — and it’s okay with me if they falter sometimes, as long as they’re in there kicking, moving forward.”

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