Sallie Krawcheck wanted to be a journalist but she ended up on Wall Street. She didn't know it then, but it was where she was supposed to be.
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Some of our favorite excerpts:
"I really never ever had a plan. I mean, in fact, if I'd had a plan -- well, I did have some plans. They just didn't work out. I was gonna go back into journalism. I wanted to work on magazine publishing. I worked at Time Magazine for a summer in the business office. Did not get a job. Devastated, you know? Was given a job offer at Disney, but it was in LA.
Oh, I was pregnant. I mean, and I was 29 years, and ten months, which at the time seemed super old, with an infant, married, unemployed. And I thought, that's it. That's it. I went to college on a scholarship. I've let them down. I went to business school, I got in debt. I've let myself down. I'm done. Done.
And I was standing there one day, I was actually eating a pear, in my kitchen. I remember it like it was yesterday. And it was like a crack of lightning came through the window. And it was, "I should be an equity research analyst." Boom! I should be an equity research analyst. And dammit, I didn't know it right then, but this is what I'm supposed to be."
On taking risks:
"You gotta love what you're doing. And those things really go together. And you have to take risks. I mean -- and look, that can be difficult, or could be difficult in a Wall Street career. I remember thinking, you know, on Wall Street you can make quite a bit of money by staying in the pack.
You don't have to take a lot of risks. You can stay in the pack. Well, hold on, maybe I don't wanna be in the pack. Hm. Well, that means, you know, I can take some risk. I could shoot ahead, or I could get fired. And it can be that, you know, yes-or-no. For me, I was willing to take the risk. Other people aren't. So I think -- I think the combination of that, and love what you do."