Thursday, November 18, 2004

Nothing To Lose, A Lot To Gain

Posted by Anita Sharpe in Worthwhile's blog:

Who's the latest symbol of rugged American individualism? Hispanic women, who are starting their own businesses at a rate much greater than the U.S. average.

It's a no-brainer. While women in general earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, Hispanic women earn only 53 cents. According to a story in today's New York Times, Tina Cordova, who now owns a multi-million dollar construction company, could only find work as a waitress at a Sizzler -- despite having a master's degree in biology.

What's the secret of Cordova's entrepreneurial success? A flair for business, a very big stubborn streak and lots of flexibility. "If I had listened to everybody who told me we wouldn't make it, of course we wouldn't be here today," she told the Times. "I wish I could say I had this business plan, we followed it and everything just fell into place. This is not true."

To read the entry (and by the way, I am a subscriber to this great new magazine!), visit: Nothing To Lose, A Lot To Gain

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