Motivational Speaker learns 3 tips to Succeed

I love my job!  As a motivational speaker, I get to inspire and impact my audiences with stories that I collect from successful people.  Today, I had a chance to interview the president of a $3 billion company and ask questions about her success.  To start with, I’m super grateful that she took an hour of her time to answer my questions. Secondly, I am always amazed how generous some successful people are with their success tips and with her permission, I would like to share the top tips she gave me.

1. It’s always hard work.

If you want to have the kind of success this woman has, don’t be afraid of hard work, taking on challenges. And no matter what level you get to, nothing is beneath you.  She has no problem jumping in and helping out when she sees a need.  For example, in the restaurant business, if she is visiting a property and sees a piece of trash, she picks it up.  She doesn’t call in ‘her peeps’ to do it.

2. Keep your eye on the prize.

Never forget what your goal is.  Is it to grow sales? Reduce turnover? Or win advertising campaigns?  She recalled the Taco Bell ads where there was a Chihuahua, remember “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!”? Well, it became a VERY popular ad campaign but didn’t increase sales at Taco Bell. So when you are making decisions about your career and adding value to your customers and your shareholders, remember to tie it back to the ultimate goal. She told me now that her goal is to grow her business.  Her strategies may not win advertising campaigns, but that’s not her goal.

3. Don’t forget to promote yourself

Women have a particular hard time with this one, as their inside voice thinks that talking about yourself is bragging.  My friend suggested that, although boys and girls have been socialized differently, (it’s much easier for men to talk about their accomplishments) women need to conscienciously find their voice so that when they talk about their value, it doesn’t sound bragging to themselves.  Chances are, it won’t to other people.  She also mentioned to ‘take appropriate credit for the hard work that you’ve done.’  Also, to overcome feeling like you’re bragging, mention the pride in your team for their efforts as well.

It doesn’t surprise me that she is the president of an iconic brand.  She was really easy to talk to, had a generous heart and freely gave of her time knowing that it will help others.  That to me is as valuable a lesson as any tip to success!

From your ‘always willing to learn from others’ motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman



Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

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  1. This is great advice Marilyn – and not just for motivational speakers! It’s interesting how simple the steps to success are. Not easy. But simple. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. I will not share it too!

  2. The attributes you bring up seem naturals to explain this woman’s success:
    *Works hard
    *Keeps her focus
    *Isn’t shy about her accomplishments
    *Is personable

    Granted, not everyone who shows the same traits makes it big. But I’d wager that most people who do succeed share these qualities.

  3. So enjoyed reading this, Marilyn. It cracks me up that some people still think they’re going to get where they want to go without good old fashioned hard work. A necessary ingredient. Just finished delivering a sales program to New York Life Agents and was specifically discussing how some cultures (not just women) aren’t socialize to promote their talents. It was so fun to share ideas to subtly promote their skills and abilities. We are so blessed to be motivational speakers and meet so many wonderful people along the way.

  4. Wow, a good reminder, Marilyn. As a motivational speaker – I would have to agree on those 3 success tips!  I think I might also add “Build healthy mutually beneficial relationships.”  I just don’t think any of us do ANY thing by ourselves. 

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