When you look at your paycheck, are you happy? Do you think you should be earning more money? Do you need to earn more money to sustain your lifestyle or even to obtain the life you’ve always dreamed of? Does the pressure of living paycheck to paycheck make your life less than enjoyable? I have a book for you. Unlock your potential and learn how to fight for that six figure income with Barbara Stanny’s Secrets of Six Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life.

Barbara Stanny is a prominent author that focuses on female financial issues and empowerment. Her previous books, other than Secrets of Six Figure Women, include Breaking Through: Getting Past Stuck Points in Your Life, Overcoming Underearning: A Five Step Plan to a Richer Life, and Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money. Her story is an interesting one, because she comes from wealth, her father being a co-founder of H&R Block, but a bad husband and some shady deals left her broke and her father wouldn’t bail her out. That is what forced her to learn about financial independence, just in the nick of time. Now, she has dedicated her life to helping other women avoid the same pitfalls she got caught in. Because she was a journalist in another life, Stanny’s books are easy to read, digestible, and packed with great content. You can learn more about her here.

One of my favorite parts about her book was the helpful hints and tips that I immediately wrote down on a notepad so that I can start implementing them in my own life. Some of them are pretty vague and aspirational and focus on mentality and lifestyle, but some of them are nitty gritty and hopefully going to help me unlock my potential as an earner. Here are some of the best tips from Secrets of Six Figure Women.

  1. Working hard doesn’t mean working all the time

  2. The ability to tolerate discomfort is necessary for raising the bar

  3. Focus on fulfilling your values rather than financial gain

  4. Loving what you do is much more important than what you do

  5. Belief in yourself doesn’t mean the absence of self-doubt

  6. You win by grabbing the opportunities before you or making you

  7. Feel the fear. Have the doubts. Go for it anyway.

  8. Know when to say no to deals that aren’t giving you your worth

  9. Think in terms of trade-offs, not sacrifices

  10. Sometimes you just have to shrug it off and have a good laugh

  11. Appreciate abundance

  12. Don’t take criticism and rejection personally

  13. When you negotiate a package, look beyond salary and at the full package: benefits, time off, vacation, sick days, etc.

  14. Make connections that you want to be more like: alumni from your university, local sorority sisters, business women in the same field, et cetera

  15. Spend less, save more, invest wisely.

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    Aryssa D
    FFL Cabinet Member