Can you believe the secret of my success boils down to one simple factor?
It’s nerve, or as my friends from New York like to call it, chutzpah.
Chutzpah, or nerve, is a mixture of boldness and confidence you use to get what you want in this world. It’s amazing how powerful it is. It’s so simple yet effective, it’s almost like magic.
I didn’t know it was that simple myself until the most successful person I know, my dear mentor, an “old boy” master of the universe who has had a hand in creating some of the world’s biggest, most profitable companies, told me that that quality alone was what I had to thank for getting me where I am today.
I’ll tell you more about what it is and how to get it in my book THE MOMMY MANIFESTO. For now, let’s just call it an ability to create the life you really want by acting with courage, conviction, and a refusal to take “no” for an answer.
That doesn’t mean you act recklessly
It doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It never means acting rudely. It doesn’t mean you don’t have fear and doubts. It just means you look fear and doubt squarely in the face every morning and consciously push them aside and tell them to get out of your way. It doesn’t mean you don’t feel the slings and arrows that inevitably storm upon a leader, sometimes making you cry at the end of the day. It just means taking the arrows in your back as you push ahead, pausing a moment to take them out and care for yourself, then summoning new courage to keep moving forward.
Pretty soon you’re simply not content to stand still anymore, to be quiet, to accept the status quo. It doesn’t take long before you discover the power that acting with nerve and confidence brings to making your fondest dreams and wishes come true. Then you become addicted to the adrenaline that comes from taking risks, pushing yourself to new boundaries, and achieving successes you never thought possible.
(An excerpt from THE MOMMY MANIFESTO)
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Kim Lavine "is kind and approachable; she’s brazen and bold. She’s wise and generous; she’s unexpected and shocking. She’s like every mom in the world; she’s unlike anyone you’ve ever met. And it’s this spin and tumble that makes The Mommy Manifesto, more of a ride than a read." READ MORE