Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could be audaciously ambitious and happy at the same time?
You can, and you will.
“I’m here to tell you that all of your priorities—personal and ambitious career goals alike—can fit together harmoniously. I’ll show you how, like thousands of women I’ve worked with over the years, you can make more money, earn the credit and recognition you deserve, have more power, and be as ambitious as you want to be. I’ll show you how you can be ambitious without compromising your ethics and integrity. I’ll show you that you can feel worthy and entitled to all of this without fear that you risk sacrificing your desire to have a full, happy personal life and without being afraid that you’ll be less of a woman. It’s worked for me. It’s worked for countless ambitious women I’ve advised. It will work for you.”
—From Ambition is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams
We women aren’t advancing in our careers the way we should. We’re not making the money we deserve or getting the fulfillment we desire. And this time it’s not men who are holding us back. This time we’re doing it to ourselves, because ambition—for us—is still a dirty word.
Debra Condren has coached thousands of women at every level—from those just starting out to the most powerful female executives in the United States—and each one possesses the same fear: if she goes after her dream, she’ll be seen as selfish, bitchy, a bad wife, or bad mother. But it’s exactly this fear of ambition that has forced women to leave the best part of themselves—their dreams, their great talents—by the roadside, rendering them less able to be the whole people they should be in every area of their lives.
Condren has a new message and mission: to remind women that ambition is a virtue, not a vice. Ambition is the best of who we are.
The real way to have a great life is to see ambition as a part of your value system to which you must give equal attention, along with the other priorities you hold dear, including your spouse, your children, and your friends. In Ambition is Not a Dirty Word, Dr. Condren offers fresh, powerful tools for reclaiming your dreams. Her eight Ambitious Rules provide concrete, innovative solutions to the everyday struggles we as women face, like taking credit, deflecting detractors, and handling confrontation, so that you can become more powerful and fulfilled at work and more satisfied at home. You can redefine your ambition in the face of social sanctions and unapologetically go after your dreams without sacrificing the rest of your life.
You owe it to yourself and the world to make the contribution you were born to make. Debra Condren will show you how to do it.
is a place where many people have gathered frequently over the years for community events, holidays, and special occasions. Our door has always been open. It's been a blessing for me, my husband, and our girls to have so many people we feel deeply connected to.” When I met Kathy, she was a forty-three-year-old mother of six-year-old identical-twin girls. She told me her story of falling in love with “a caring, loving man who supported my ambition, and I his.” She married “my best friend and the
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your obligation to yourself to say no to these people, run from them, hide, get them out of your face, and stop letting them make you responsible for their needs. Women are often told, and I even advise you in this book, to form a steering committee—and to support other women by serving on their boards. So isn't this advice counter to that mission? Aren't people who come to you and pitch you or ask to pick your brain or ask for free advice just being ambitious? No. Step Skippers are people who
in; you're on the inside trying to make it all work, and this is why you and so many others feel misunderstood when you read these articles in magazines telling you what rules to follow. Just find the comfort zone that is right for you and damn the torpedoes. Another consideration: decisions that are appropriate during one period or phase in your life will be all wrong during others. Today's woman has a lot of balls in the air pretty much all of the time. One year she's still taking classes at
to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.” I know she walked her talk, too. Our sons went to elementary school together and, though I didn't know her personally, I saw her as a real-life model and partner in crime; she dropped her son off each day when I took my son to school (both of us were possibly wearing pajama bottoms and toting coffee in the car; she always had a notepad hanging from her rearview mirror, presumably to capture thoughts while living day by day). We