CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL

Patti Smith is an icon. Unlike most icons, however, you can’t pinpoint her talent to one skill. She’s a musician, poet, painter, writer ---an artist. She’s not shackled by the identity of one profession, but inhibits all of them under the umbrella of the artist. There’s a famous line in her autobiography, “Just Kids”, in which she describes the calling and reasoning behind her need to become an artist. “I longed to enter the fraternity of the artist: the hunger, their manner of dress, their process and prayers. I’d brag that I was going to be an artist’s mistress one day. Nothing seemed more romantic to my young mind. I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker. I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side.” ...

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There's a power in quotes. Whether it be in four words of forty, there's something about these small pearls of wisdom that bury themselves deep in our souls, waiting to be felt and recalled every time we need help or assistance. That's power. The power to recall words and use them to keep going. A lot of the quotes gain their power from their author. When it's a woman you admire, trust or look up to, their words become gospel. It's smart to look up to women and try and gain some sort of guidance from their words -- that's why they're speaking them, right? This week's inspiration comes from Ginni Rometty, who in 2012 was announced as the first-ever female CEO of IBM. She has been named in Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" for ten c...

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Entrepreneur Mary Kay, founder of Mary Kay Inc., built a profitable business from scratch that created new opportunities for women to achieve financial success. Born in 1918 in Texas. Ash was a pioneer for women in business, building a substantial cosmetics empire. In 1939, Ash became as a salesperson for Stanley Home Products, hosting parties to encourage people to buy household items. She was so good at making the sale that she was hired away by another company, World Gifts, in 1952. Ash spent a little more than a decade at the company, but she quit in protest after watching yet another man that she had trained get promoted above her and earn a much higher salary than hers. After her bad experiences in the traditional workplace, Ash set out to cr...

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