Three Gifts for a 20-Something

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What three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”? 40-something women share three things to help a 20-something get a head start on the confidence to make decisions that are right for themselves. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda.

1. A chair with your name on it at every meeting you attend. Do not take the chair behind or on the side.

2. The voice to make that chair worth it. Listening is important but you have to speak up too, even if it means elbowing your way in.

3. The ability to not take “no”‘s personally. It’s just a “no” today. Keep asking. Take a “no” as an excuse to ask someone or something else.

- from a Sunday brunch conversation with a banker bosslady.