I was in the airport at a newsstand, scanning the endless stacks of magazines when my eyes rested on a familiar face on an issue of ‘O’. I nodded and grinned. Oprah always catches my attention. Is it her engaging smile, her well styled hair and perfectly shaped eyebrows, or her designer clothes? No, I just feel good when I see her. She defines success for a woman. She is the standard. She is the most influential woman in a very male-dominated media industry. But it’s not just that, it’s how she had to overcome racism, abuse, poverty, and being a woman to get there. Now she has the world at her fingertips in addition to a billion dollar fortune. Not all successful women like their lives, Oprah seems to like hers. That indicates a high level of Successtrogen.
I began thinking of other extraordinary women who inspire me: Ellen DeGeneres, with her ability to laugh at herself, Mary Schapiro, who broke through the male-dominated finance world to become the first woman chairperson of the SEC , and Maya Angelou who continues to encourage all of us with her poetic words. But not every extraordinary woman has been noted on the pages of the NY Times. Far from it. Extraordinary extends well beyond the rich and famous, well beyond published authors and women in powerful careers. Extraordinary women cross generations and represent every culture on the planet. They come in all shapes and sizes. They could be at the height of fashion or fashion oblivious, have carefully manicured nails or toenail fungus. They are women like your neighbor, your friend, or you.
Successtrogen is a word I coined to capture the essence of a woman on top of her world. Successtrogen is strength. Successtrogen is confidence. It is maximizing natural ability. It’s love……it’s passion…it’s work. It is the relentless pursuit of a dream. Successtrogen is the driving force in everything a successful woman does. It is the reason she does it and the prize after she makes it happen. A woman with high levels of Successtrogen could be a powerful business woman or a stay-at-home mom, an astronaut or a pre-school teacher, a cashier or a physician. This woman is not defined by her career. She’s not defined by her address or the car she drives. She is defined by the fact that she has accomplished her personal vision of success, she likes where she is and she continues to make choices to ensure that it continues.
Extraordinary women smile easily. They like themselves and as a result they radiate happiness. They are comfortable walking into a crowded room alone. They have a presence that captures the attention of both men and women. They are extraordinary in that they are where they want to be. They are happy, in control of their lives. They are strong. They accept the challenges of life and meet them head on. Their lives are not perfect nor are they,but perfection is not a goal. They live on top of their respective worlds.
This blog is about you and me, our daily happenings, and how we respond to them. It’s about observing things in our world that offer us an opportunity to be at our possible best, or not. It is about sharing our personal strategies to maintain our very best. What you and I do to get there and stay there may be very different, but we share the common goal of wanting to be there. Our “there” could even be very different. This site is going to help identify your way, get you motivated to get on your way, and stay on your way. SUCCESSTROGEN is discovering what we need to do to arrive at and maintain our personal best. This introductory blog marks the start of our journey. I hope you will join me!