Straight shooting career advice from the former editor-in-chief of Cosmo

It isn’t often that you get to sit down with the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and ask them what their best career advice is.

But today is your lucky day.

Even though Kate White is already the NY Times bestselling author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do, and you could learn a lot from her books, I absolutely loved hearing her perspective on how women can be successful in their careers no matter what stage they’re at, or what kind of change they want to make.

What inspired this? A couple of emails ago I shared 2 interviews I did with a real estate investment professional turned dating coach, and a journalist turned award-winning jewelry entrepreneur. I believe there is so much YOU can learn from how these women have thought about their careers, and what has made them wildly successful.

It reminds me of a few years ago when I was sitting with a friend at lunch. He asked me: “What is it that you really want to do, Felicia?”

I said: “Be the best in the world at whatever I’m doing.”

Then he proceeded to send me the book, The Art of Learning. I started learning how to ‘be the best’ by reading about people who were world champions in tai chi. You can also learn about being the best by binge-watching Chef’s Table (like me), or buying an old book from the 1970s called Great Chefs of France (like me) because you really want to know the nitty gritty of what ‘great’ looks like.

That’s why I want to share these inspiring stories from these amazing women with you. I know that once I SEE something can be done, suddenly what seemed ‘impossible’ seems a lot more in reach.

So today, I’m thrilled to share with you my interview with Kate White. I believe you’ll be surprised by:

  • What it’s like to be at the top of the magazine world, and the incredible perks that come with it that no one talks about. (And how you can get them, too)
  • Her rare career advice for women looking to make a switch–listen as she explains a few subtle nuances to consider so you can do it right
  • How Kate gracefully and perfectly transitioned into writing mystery novels full-time–she shares her ‘gut-check’ advice you can use today to see if you’re really on the right path

Here’s the interview for you (~28 min).

Now: who do you want me to interview next? Let me know in the comments below.



PS: Want to learn how you can get it all done, without burning out? Check out this article I wrote for Inc about no matter how busy you are or how many demands on your time you have, there’s a ‘secret sauce’ to making it all work.

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