For many in life, one moment can change everything. Your entire outlook. Your entire life, even. None more so than when it comes to your career. For me, that was moving to New York and landing a job on Wall Street. For many others it could be a new job, a move, a child, a personal victory – anything that can inspire us to something great.
There are hundreds of incredible women who have allowed a single moment to inspire them to be something special. To me, they are incredible women who encourage me to always strive to be better, and to continue to achieve.
And they can inspire you too. Let’s take a look at four amazing women and their journeys to the top…
Katherine Darndstadt – Architecture & Design
As a young and newly licensed architect, Katherine Darndstadt was laid off. That was the moment of truth for her: did she want to practice architecture or not? She chose the former and has since become an inspiration to many young architects.
Setting up Latent Design, she built a project that brought together a series of individuals with projects focusing on social, economic, and environmental impacts rather than simply building design. In just four short years she’s become recognized as a leader in the profession and last year won the American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award.
Vanessa Rousso – Poker
Think poker and you may think about men sitting around a table, beer in hand, and quite possibly a mouth full of wings. I know I did. That was until I came across PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso. The 30-year-old French-American beauty has made around $3.5 million at the poker tables, shooting to fame in 2006 when she made the final table at a World Poker Tour Championship event in which she bested some of the world’s top pros, picking up $250k. Not surprising for a girl who studied game theory at Duke University.
While that was Rousso’s breakthrough performance, she has gone on to become one of poker’s most respected and well-recognized players, proving that poker is no longer just a man’s world.
Rita Goldberg – Swimming Schools
Although, big moments in sports might not necessarily come from victories, but instead by simply having the passion.
Rita Goldberg earned $2.2 million in sales last year from her British Swim School business, but it was only when the swimming enthusiast was accompanying her friend’s child at a swimming class that she realized that was what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
Now in the business for over 30 years, Goldberg has hundreds of pupils and is fulfilling her passions well into her 60s, proving to me it’s never too late to do something you truly love.
Renée Maloney and Cathy Deano – Art Classes
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. It left communities in a state of devastation that many are still coming to terms with it to this day.
I can’t help but look at the story of Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano and feel a strong sense of admiration, not just for their entrepreneurial spirit, but also the community spirit they helped to rebuild through Painting With A Twist.
Pairing art with friends, wine, and a lively instructor, they helped the people of Mandeville forget about the troubles of Katrina and brought back a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere to the city. Now franchised out across the country, the pair are earning over $1 million per year and growing. What an amazing story for a business that made the most out of tragedy.