You've probably heard her name before -- she's been part of many tales. She's been a law graduate, a First Lady, a mother, a writer, a U.S. Senator, a Presidential Nominee, and the list goes on. You may not agree with her political views but her track record is undeniable.
Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She went on to graduate from Yale University, where she met her future husband, Bill Clinton. From 1993 to 2001 she served as a First Lady and became the first in American history to win a public office seat. In 2008, she became the first woman to run for the presidential office.
She has been a trailblazer from an early age and something tells me she's not done yet. If you're ready to take over the world in your own terms like Hillary, grab your Bullet Keeper and write down her 5 secrets to success.
1. No Matter What, Keep Your Head Up
Not so long ago, when her husband was the President of the United States, Hillary was part of the 'Monica Lewinsky scandal'. At the time, allegations came to light pointing to Bill being sexually involved with Monica -- there were even tapes where Monica herself confesses it.
You can imagine the shame Hillary must've felt. Regardless, that didn't deter her from her life goals. During the convoluted events, Hillary decided to support her husband -- who lied under oath about the affair, -- and the following year she sought the U.S. Senate seat from New York. She easily beat her opponent and was reelected in November 2006.
2. Never Be Afraid to Be The First
Hillary is famous for being the first to score a great number of achievements. While she may have been one of 27 women in a class of 235 at Yale, she still went on to become the first female partner at her law firm in Arkansas.
"I supposed I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas."
In 2008, Hillary became the first woman in American to be a presidential candidate. Even though she dropped out in support of Barack Obama, she tried again 8 years later, only to become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party.
3. Always Be True To Yourself
As one of the first women in many regards, she had to face many adversities. She was once asked by a reporter who was her favorite designer. Hillary, being the smart woman she is, answered, "Would you ask a man that questions?"
"You have to be true to yourself."
On your road to success, you'll find many obstacles and people trying to take you down -- either because they want what you want, or simply because they're jealous of your productivity. Don't give up, as you'll be able to find just as many allies and supporters if your intentions are pure.
4. Don't Wait For Others to Take the First Step
We've established already Hillary is not afraid of being the first. She's also not afraid of taking the initiative, however unconventional it might be. Reportedly, when Hillary and Bill were both attending Yale Law School, she approached him and said, "You know, if you're going to keep looking at me, and I'm going to keep looking back, we should know each other. I'm Hillary Rodham."
When you truly want something -- whether it's a promotion, a new job, a partner, a house, a car, whatever it is, -- you go get it. You make it part of your daily habits to fight for what you want. Very rare are the occasions when people will just come to you to offer you what you want. Be a go-getter.
5. Learn to Laugh at Yourself
Hillary has shown many times she's very comfortable with herself and she's not afraid to have a laugh -- even if she's laughing at herself. She was once invited to appear on the famous TV series 'How I Met Your Mother'. Although she didn't do it, she replied back saying she'd gladly work with the Muppets, in the future.
When you take yourself too seriously, you become an easy target for others. Try to relax a bit -- it's not a synonym for laziness, you know? In situations like this, your Bullet Keeper will come in handy.
Remember when I talked about keeping a journal of your day so you can go back to it and analyze it? If you think you're too stuck to your goals and you're unable to enjoy what's around you, take a step back. Look at your past few days, and think what would you have done differently.
It's important you understand the difference between dwelling in the past and learning from it. You'll never be able to change what happened but you'll for sure be better prepared for similar situations in the future.
If you're still not sure how to go forward, just do as Hillary does -- smile.