Striving to be a successful real estate investor and entrepreneur, I had made it a habit to read about influential individuals so that I could incorporate some of the steps they have taken towards their success.
Back in 2013, I came across an article in The Business Journal written about Sallie Krawcheck. Ever since that day, I have read and watched a number of interviews showcasing Sallie’s undeniable contribution to the world, and especially to women's economic prosperity.
From 2002-2011, Krawcheck position as CFO of Citigroup and the head of Merrill Lynch made her the most influential woman on wall street. She was able to achieve top C-level positions in investment banking during a time when it was unheard of women taking on those roles.
Besides all her accolades and accomplishments in investment banking, Krawcheck continues to reinvent herself by co-founding Ellevate, a woman’s networking organization. The whole purpose of the organization is to propel yourself to actualize greatness with every undertaking.
Because the organization is not solely focused on real estate investing, it encompasses an incredible wealth of knowledge from some of the most successful female entrepreneurs in every niche of the economy. As I learned more about the purpose of the organization, I understood how networking is truly an invaluable piece of the puzzle to business success.
While I honed in on my real estate investing skills, I wanted to make sure that I build a business upon a firm, value driven foundation. In evaluating Krawcheck’s success, I found that it stems from a number of unwavering principles. Below are just a few that echo through my mind when I think of her:
- No matter what you do, always ask yourself “What can I do that will make a positive impact?” Constantly strive to make a difference.
- Make the choice to do the right thing for the long term of the business.
- Never stop networking, and always keep learning.
Reading about and embodying the steps of flourishing individuals is the best way to get energized and stay on course in every entrepreneurial venture. Building a strong character involves focus, persistence, optimism, and lots of practice.
With Sallie being living proof that every woman can be a mother, and still be at the head of the unit which brings in $3.1 billion dollars worth of profit for Bank of America, no excuses to be made for the rest of us.
As I look around my office, I am consistently motivated by the altruistic efforts of my coworkers. I have come to learn that every one of them has formulated their own bedrock of ideals stemming from accomplished individuals just like Krawcheck.
Not only is it critical to be exhilarated by sources outside of your realm, but I find it integral to surround yourself by impactful souls on a daily basis.