Harriette offered a plethora of tips on how you, too, can succeed in whatever you choose.
Here are five I wrote down:
1. Be Specific About What You Want to Do. Harriette
said, “Write down what you want. Put yourself in the space of what
you want.” She encouraged everyone to put their goals in a
prominent place so they can be reminded of them every day. As the
popular phrase goes, if you don’t have a goal, you can’t score.
2. Have faith in yourself and your ability. It’s
easy for us to doubt ourselves, but know you can do whatever you set
your mind to. Harriette added, “Do your best work. Build good
relationships. Trust who you are and the way you move through the
3. If you’re not good at it, get good at it. Before
Harriette was a fashion editor at Essence magazine, she took a job as a
secretary on Capitol Hill. She said she always hated typing, but it was
part of her job. She said, “ I eventually learned to type 90 words
of minute, without errors, on a typewriter.” This skill eventually
helped her, cutting down time when she had to slave over writing her
various books. She said, “Accumulate skills and put them in your
toolbox. You’ll never know when you’ll need them.”
4. Have people around you who are as good or better than you.
Harriette says, “Everyone who works for you represents you.”
So hire the best. In addition to attracting the best talent, Harriette
says to, “Love the people you work for and with.”
5. Know there’s room for more than one. Women of
color can get unnecessarily competitive, believing the myth that there’s
only a few spaces at the top. Harriette encouraged everyone to not
believe the hype–and help each other as much as they can.
In conclusion, she said, “Be happy, live, and be free.” No