Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

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“Your intention becomes your reality. Just as claiming our power is an act of self-love, forsaking it is an act of self-betrayal. We pay dearly for deference and dependency. It costs us our autonomy, self-esteem, and peace of mind.”
― Barbara Stanny, Secrets of Six-Figure Women

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When I often feel lost, I return to books that inspire and soothe me, as I always seek something that will bring value to my life. And this week, having felt like I was living out Gilligan’s Island, I wanted to return to a book that brings me a lot of comfort: Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny.

I came across this book in 2019 when I was having a rough time returning to the States after losing my dream job in Venice because my student visa ran out. After reading the hardcover I rented from that library, I bought the audio version because I want to listen to it while running or doing errands. The narrator, Vanessa Daniels, has a calming voice that helps me relax when I’m anxious. Self-soothing habits are essential to personal growth. 

Barbara Stany is a writer I aspire to be. Her project involved interacting with women from all walks of life, analyzing their intentions and actions, and understanding what propels them towards their goals. It’s a fascinating approach that we can all learn from. But it isn’t all about money.

Earning six figures is a significant milestone, but what’s next? We often get so caught up in financial success that we must remember to plan for life after achieving it. The mountain is just the beginning; the real journey lies in what comes after. That’s where your intentions the pursuit of you should focus.

I want to be a six-figure writer because I intend to have kids one day, and through my own experience of having to start working when I was fourteen, I was a camp consular, and being from a divorced family, money was always an issue. So, to have peace of mind, I need always to ensure that I have income, especially if I plan to bring babies into this world. 

Even if my husband can afford to pay for everything, I want my own income because I have always had one, and it’s hard to let go of that type of freedom. I like making my own money; it makes me feel good. I also want to make sure I have my own income as I have seen it happen to family members when husbands die tragically early, and not having to worry about money would have made so many things more manageable for them through that difficult time. 

In The Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Barbara dresses all of these factors. In most situations, we are our worst enemies because we are not living our lives with intention, standing up for ourselves, asking for what we deserve, or counting on others to take care of us due to shame or the status quo. But it doesn’t need to be this way, and now, because of the accessibilities that almost everyone has because of the internet, we can enter the playing field and not just succeed but thrive as long as we try, fail, and keep going. 

I return to this book at least once a year and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to bring more intention into their lives. 

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  1. May 27, 2024 / 10:00 am

    Reading your words made me curious about this book, I need to read it!

    Thank you for sharing 🫶🏼

    • May 27, 2024 / 1:07 pm

      Yes, it is fantastic, and you have to check it out!

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