The first trait of a leader is DRIVE.
My wake up call for financial literacy was on my 26th birthday. I had scheduled an appointment two months earlier with the best corporate bankruptcy attorney in San Francisco. I handed him $1000 in twenties as a retainer and took a deep breath. My six figures of credit card debt was about to be wiped away. I could start with a clean slate. One of the added perks of working at Boys Toys, an uber-upscale gentlemen’s club in SF during the dot-com boom was the power-networking. Presidents, CEOs, and political figures entertained at this club all the time. I got to meet some very influential people that gave me connections and access to top knotch legal staff that would have otherwise closed the door in my face. The same is true at Christie’s and Treasures, which is why I haven’t hung up my heels just yet. I don’t go to work for the cash, I go to work for the networking.