Mary Barra – most powerful female executive in America
More and more women are starting to claim their rightful place.
Take Mary Barra for instance. She has risen from being an intern for the product development chief at GM to the role of being the most powerful female executive in America.
Mary Barra joins a group of 23 women who currently head Fortune 500 companies.
This is a huge accomplishment for a women especially in the automotive industry.
When asked how she describes her style she answered with one word. Collaborative.
Mary’s story makes me think about how the things we experience early in life can mold us.
Her dad was a dye maker for the Pontiac division for 39 years. This meant she was exposed to the business and in her own words “we used to get excited when the new models would roll out. I always had an interest in cars”.
As I’ve mentioned before you need to love what you do. Whether you start a business or work for someone else. Obviously she loves the car industry.
Not everyone has the opportunity to work where they like but Mary was able to work in all parts of it and again in her own words she said, “ I just loved the business, from the plant floor to leading global development, every aspect of the business is just a lot of fun”.
Maybe you goal is not to be a CEO. Your goal may be to start or grown your own business.
What you need to remember is the road to success can take time and effort.
I read once that people quit their business right before they get that great breakthrough. Don’t let that happen to you.
Here are some tips to help you keep positive.
1) Avoid negative self talk. Research shows that approximately 87% of the things we say to ourselves about ourselves are negative, self destructive and underming.
2) Be open to change. At one time psychiatrists believed that we react to life’s stresses by avoiding, repressing or denying them. When we identify what makes us feel this way and then change those behavior patterns we find more success. By facing these challenges head on we can replace those negative thoughts and actions and replace them with successful coping methods.
3) Be confident. You need to be confident in your abilities and know your self worth. If you have realistic confidence in your value you will feel empowered, energized and motivated. The world then opens up to you.
4) Have a proactive attitude. Don’t become paralyzed by fear of failure of the unknown. Learn what you need to learn and then apply it.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes. As a matter of fact I used this quote in the promotional video for my book.
What do you do to stay positive?
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