Mindy Grossman, CEO of Weight Watchers. She was formerly CEO of HSN where she took the company public and oversaw their expansion.
"Each new stage holds within it some level uncertainty or fear of the unknown. But it can also be exhilarating, and even liberating, because it’s filled with so much opportunity. One of the most important decisions I’ve ever made was a huge risk. I left college after deciding not to get married to the man I was engaged to and also not to pursue law school. I remember telling my parents [these decisions] and then saying that I was going to go to New York to forge a new path. You can just imagine their state of shock upon receiving that news! But I knew then, and I know for sure now, that my life would have looked completely different if I didn’t trust my instincts. I believed in myself enough to take a risk and go against the status quo."
"What has always felt scary to me is not taking the risk–continuing on a path that you know is not in alignment with what you believe to be best for you. As women, we can over-think things so much that we silence our intuition and only focus on the reasons something won’t work. When I get stuck thinking like that, I ask myself, ‘what if?’ and try to think of the worst things that could happen. When I break it down, it’s usually worth the risk."
"There’s a young woman that I recently met in the last couple of years that is very, very inspiring to me. Her name is Katie Meyler. [She was a] Time Magazine Person of The Year [with other] Ebola fighters. She originally started a school for girls in Liberia, and then when Ebola hit the school shifted to offer rapid Ebola response programs. Instead of running away she stayed and reported for VICE News. Caryl Stern who’s the CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is another woman who’s spectacular. They’re the ones who inspire me because they could be doing other things, but this is what they want to do with their lives, and they’re making a huge impact. They’ve really been inspirations to me."
Self, Photograph via Fortune