From Polar Winds to Tropical Breezes
Chapter 1: From Polar Winds to Tropical Breezes: The Evolution of the Successful Women Project
1 Suzy Fox If you were to ask a successful businesswoman, ‘Just what made you so successful?’ what do you think she would say? Do you think a successful professional woman in Chicago would tell you the same thing as one in Buenos Aires, Monterrey or Montreal? Listen to the voices of successful women in South America, North America and the Caribbean. Can you guess what countries they come from?2 As a person I’m very much a ﬁghter. I always wanted to have my ﬁnancial independence, because for me, it is the most important thing – not to depend on other people. I pursued success – asked for promotions, aggressive career planning, worked very, very, very hard. I always knew I could do anything I wanted. I’m a hard worker, I’m a perfectionist. It has to be done right . . . If something has to be done it will get done. I’m driven. I don’t believe in chance. I believe in hard work, opportunity, the ability to take risks and timing. People often confuse those factors with luck. I worked hard. I have a strong personality but also a positive view of life. I have a very, very strong work ethic, very strong conviction of who I am – very conﬁdent and secure in my management style and my abilities to do my job and do it well. Family education gave me the ability and desire to struggle to achieve my objectives . . . and the support and co-operation I’ve received from my husband...
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