Hey There Career…Guy?

Posted December 3, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

We here at Career Girl Network don’t generally post advice from the male persuasion. But this was too good not to share.

Last night, while catching up on “The Apprentice”, one of the contestants won a meeting with famed hotel developer (often called the King of Hotels) Barry Sternlicht, the founder of Starwood Properties. And Mr. Sternlicht said something that made me sit straight up in my seat and smile.

“Genius is perseverance in disguise.”

Talk about a breakthrough moment, an a-ha statement. And it goes back to my own personal mantra, one that came from my father. I may not be the prettiest, I may not be the smartest, but damnit, I will always be the hardest working. Maybe hard work isn’t the key, though. Maybe perseverance is. I don’t have to be a natural genius to succeed, I don’t have to be the smartest one in the room. I simple have to persevere, always. And that, my friends, I know I can do.

I’ll take Mr. Sternlicht’s words with me as I journey through my career. I will persevere…and hopefully someone will think I’m a genius.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."