On this Mother’s Day I am reflecting on the advice my mom shared with me. My mom always emphasized being financially independent and told me that I could be anything I set my mind to. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to interview countless luminaries; CEOs, experts, celebrities and Olympians. What do the most successful people have in common? 99% of these people had parents who told them that with hard work, they too, could be anything.
Thanks to the MAKERS series, six women with hugely successful careers have given a window into the advice that their moms shared with them:
“She would always say to me, ‘You must leave behind more than you take. And if you can do that, it’ll add up to a good life over time.’”
- Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox Corporation
“My mom told us ‘You can do anything you want’ …she was fabulous and she exposed us to so many different things.”
- Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
“I just inherited her sense of resilience and hopefulness and enthusiasm for life – that no matter what happened to you, you couldn’t maybe control that, but what you could try to control was how you responded to it.
- Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
“My mother is probably the greatest inspiration in my life still today…She was a real role model.”
- Andrea Jung, Chairman of AVON
“As a child, it was just very clear to me that you could be a woman and you could do everything.”
- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
“My mother made me very independent and strong. And the most important thing she taught me is that fear is not an option.”
- Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer
These moms are a powerful reminder of the influence that we are having every day as we raise our children. What messages will you leave as your legacy to the children in your life?