This week Inka of Glamour Granny Travels is hosting Fashion Flash for the first time. I am so excited about having such a wonderful travel site in our group. At our time in life, travel takes on new shapes and meaning and Inka shows us how its done. Whether its a ball in Monte Carlo or a sleeping in a tent on a remote mountain, Inka has been there, done that and is the perfect guide to travel after 50. Check out her site and subscribe to Glamour Granny Travels to keep up with her adventures.
Since becoming addicted to Shark Tank, I have been fascinated by the arc of a successful business. Statistics show that 90% of new businesses fail in the first year and I have seen those statistics IRL in the lives of friends and family. What is it that makes an aspiring entrepreneur actually beat the odds and succeed.
Getting There by Gillian Segal has compiled interviews with 30 men and women who have been super successful in a wide range of fields. From Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men to fitness guru Jillian Michaels, this collection of unfiltered interviews yield a unique insight into the critical path of a spectacular career. In fields as diverse as hair care, gene mapping and constitutional law these 30 super stars describe their obstacles, critical decisions and what they learned along the way.
Rather than the all too familiar advice, eg work hard and raise lots of other peoples money, Getting There offers personal original stories. For example John Paul Mitchell has become an iconic hair care line, yet the founder John Paul Dejoria was so broke at times, he slept in his car.
The personal stories are a wonderful read but my favorite part are the “pearls” t the end of each chapter. For example Matthew Weiner recommends making a special effort to remember peoples names. I also loved his idea that ideas are worthless without execution. Billionaire former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has a simple tool to win people over– use “we” and “us” rather than “I” and “me”. Arguably the most brilliant constitutional lawyer of his generation, David Boies, offers a stunningly simple piece of advice– patience. Don’t rush the process and don’t give up. So simple, so true. IMO these short takes are alone worth the price of the book.