Create your own opportunities
Bobbi Brown. Founder and CEO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
When fist staring out as a freelance makeup artist, Brown worried that she didn't have enough money. Her father told her to figure out a way to make more money. So she started looking through the Yellow Pages and calling agencies, magazines, photographers—anyone she could offer her services to, sometimes working for free until she proved herself. Soon, she was getting regular calls to do makeup. She realized that it was her job to find more opportunities.
Ignore the noise
Abby Joseph Cohen. Senior investment strategist, Goldman Sachs
Financial markets are, by nature, volatile and messy. Successful long-term investing emphasizes the fundamental underpinnings of the economy and companies. These building blocks rarely shift quickly, although market prices may change frequently and dramatically during the course of a single trading session.
Wise investors make their decisions based on a few essential elements and are not easily deterred by market gyrations. But wise investors are also willing to adjust their views when the critical variables shift or do not play out as expected.