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Want success? Study and emulate the strategies of powerful Black women who have already done it. (Videos)



Many think you have to reinvent the wheel to achieve success. You don’t. The easiest thing to do is to find someone who is where you want to be and emulate their path to success. How? Not by being an exact copy of them or copying their work. Success can be done by modeling the strategies they used and putting your own twist to it.

Who would I model? I love, love, love Ms. Oprah. I want to be an online media mogul. Like me, Ms. Oprah had a tough beginning that would test her, but she persevered. She also was smart enough to turn her essence, experience, and wisdom into a marketable asset. Ms. Oprah became America’s best girlfriend who celebrities, politicians and even everyday people could share their compelling story with. That became a show, then a magazine and today a network. The next thing Oprah did was she found mentors and listened to people. She didn’t stay within her comfort zone by surrounding herself with just friends and family. She found people within her industry and those same people gave her advice that made her billions. When she had competition, she found ways to push herself and her staff further. This is why she was on the air for over 20 years, why she builds schools overseas, invests in the arts and is who she is today. Ms. Oprah isn’t superhuman or extraordinary.  In fact, she is extremely grounded. She is an AMAZING person who did extra-ordinary things.

Now emulating strategies requires that we set aside our biases and look at the person and ourselves objectively.  We must study them and ourselves as you would a school subject. So if you are liberal, but want to get into politics, take a look at Condoleezza Rice. If you are a conservative and want to get into politics, take a look at Susan Rice. See how they did it and do it for yourself. One more thing and this is a toughy. We have to aside our ego and recognize the flaws in ourselves so we can truly benefit from what our subject did. Here is what I want you to do:

If there was one Black woman in history (nonrelative) you would model your life after who would it be? Research her. Find every book, movie, video and article on her and answer these questions:

  • What strategies did she use to attain success and how can you use them?
  • What would you model from her?
  • What would you do differently from her and why?
  • Was she good at everything or did she master one skill? Which one would work for you?
  • Who were her allies?
  • What kind of support system did she have?
  • If she didn’t have one, did she create her own and how did she do it?
  • Did she have mentors?
  • Who were her mentors and how did she acquire them?
  • Did she form traditional and or nontraditional alliances in and outside of her tribe?
  • What kind of leader was she?
  • Did she have help?
  • How did she delegate the workload?
  • Was she fearless? If not, how did she overcome her fear?
  • What challenges did she face and how did she handle them?
  • If she faced the challenges you faced, how would she deal with them?
  • How is she different from you?
  • How is she similar to you?

The next thing I want you to do is to create a plan mimicking the strategies they used so can you achieve those same results. Make sure the time frame you use is realistic. Finally, make it happen. I can’t wait to see you on the next Forbes list. You can do it. The only limit you have is the one you have placed on yourself. So think and be limitless.

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1 comment

  1. Von 15 October, 2014 at 10:46 Reply

    Not only were these women determined and equipped with the intellect, each of these women aligned themselves with individuals who helped them to their positions in life.

    I tell my children and many women who see me as a mentor: “I believe in studying anyone who sets the standards of what success truly means, regardless if they are a woman or a man and no matter what color they are just as long as they demonstrate the leadership and guidelines needed to succeed.” Why should we limit ourselves?

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