Maria Bartiromo with Catherine Whitney, “The 10 Laws of Enduring Success”

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Reviewed by Femflection

Maria Sara Bartiromo (born September 11, 1967) is an American television journalist, magazine columnist and author of three books.

“The 10 Laws of Enduring Success” draws on the experiences of the thousands of executives Maria Bartiromo has interviewed over the years, as well as her own career and professional philosophy.

Some “The 10 Laws of Enduring success” quotes:

  • “Success is knowing yourself – an inner comfort and inner contentment.”
  • “If you’re going to get anywhere, you have to learn to take the hits and rise above them. Taking the initiative is always a risk. You are sticking your neck out for sure. You risk being laughed at, being ridiculed, or, worse, being wrong. But if you believe in what you are doing and are trying to do the right thing in every instance, you will ultimately win.”
  • “They’re asking themselves the hard questions that have long been ignored, about what is really important to them and where the bedrock of their personal achievement lies.”
  • “Every successful person I’ve met has a strong sense of his or her unique abilities and aspirations, They are leaders in their own lives and they dare to live life on their own terms.”
  • “Courage isn’t bravado or taking stupid risks. It’s simply deciding to live in a mindset of possibility instead of fear.”
  • “The key is to have the attitude that you always have something to learn, even if you are at the top of the heap.”
  • “To get ahead, you have to possess self-confidence and humility at the same time. That combination is called maturity.”

“The 10 Laws of Enduring success” – The book:

After seeing the devastation caused by the economic downturn in 2008, Maria began exploring the fleeting nature of success.

Maria wondered, whether there is a definition of success that you can have permanently–in spite of the turmoil in your life, your job, or your bank account. This question is more important than ever, given the unpredictability of the current economy.

This book is the outcome of her research and personal reflection.

She describes true success as coming from the inside, being introspective, passionate, bold persistent and ethical.

She includes insights from many famous people in the world of politics, business, sports, and entertainment i.e.: Condoleezza Rice, Joe Torre, Bill Gates, Goldie Hawn, Mary Hart, Garry Kasparov, and Jack Welch.

The “10 Laws of Enduring Success” are mostly common sense, well organized and woven together in a way that is motivational and inspirational. None of the qualities are dependent on external circumstances.

The “10 Laws of Enduring Success” are:

1) Self-Knowledge – listen to your heart

2) Vision – plant your dreams on solid ground

3) Initiative – keep rattling the cage

4) Courage – be bold, smart, and fair

5) Integrity – do the right thing

6) Adaptability – stay open to change

7) Humility – hold on to your humanity

8) Endurance – build your stamina

9) Purpose – know what matters most

10) Resilience – get up and move on

The 10 laws are nicely presented personal real life examples. The conversational writing style is unassuming and quite engaging, and thus makes the book a quick read. Maria has met a number of famous, interesting people during her career and she uses examples of their business experiences and choices to illustrate the laws of true success. This variety keeps it interesting and personable.

Main takeaway of the book is that although the landscape of success may change from era to era there are fundamental qualities that remain consistent no matter what happens in our outside world.

It’s worth looking into for women who want to know stories of real-life adversity faced by men and women and how such adversity was overcome.

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