27 February 2009 ~ 2 Comments

(Book) Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny


I read this book previously and recently skimmed through it again. This is a ridiculously great book. The good news is that I already put a lot of these strategies into place in my business and personal life. The bad news is that it inspired to start yet another project *laugh* I think as we all become more successful in life and business we start to stagnate. I know I’m guilty of that, for sure. I found my comfort zone and stayed right there, so I decided to figure something else out to push myself and http://www.2minuteswithava.com was born. Crazy, video blogging. Me?

Aside from that though… this is a fabulous book for a woman who wants to break-through the income and personal barriers they find themselves hitting against. It had some great insight into what I was doing right and what I might have been doing wrong. I highly recommend this to all women, no matter what they do, it has great strategies for business, yes, but I saw several things in there that also applied to my personal life.

It is wonderfully inspirational and made me look at the way I approach things and see how I could possibly do them differently. My husband and I actually had a nice discussion about this book. It says “Women” and while I agree that most of these strategies were geared towards women, most men could use them as well. He pointed out that there are so many books/resources for women business-owners, but you don’t see many for men that are working a woman’s world (virtual assisting for instance). He’s right, but as I pointed out to him, while things rapidly are changing, for the most part, women do have a harder time being taken seriously in business. I see it myself, but I also see myself being much more assertive than I ever have in the past. I’m not sure if that is changes in the world around me or in myself. I still see times I think I’m not taken as seriously, but for the most part I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by clients and colleagues that not only support me, but that I share a mutual level of respect with and for.

Fabulous. Read it.

Now, this part is a little spoiler and a big rant… towards the end of the book, the author makes reference that as women start making money they should start putting their money into separate accounts into their name only. While I completely understand the reasoning, I completely disagree with it. Why would you belittle your spouse, who stood behind you and helped you climb up to be the success that you are by taking all of “your money” for yourself. If you have separate accounts to start with, it’s one thing, but to have this person who you’ve always shared funds with and eaten Ramen with and then turn around and say “Oh, I make a lot of money now, so it’s all mine” — How right is that? For the record, I’m against separate funds at all. I think this is one of the reasons the divorce rate is so high, people see things too much as “mine” and “just in case”. I see too many people not thinking of “us”. Okay, that’s my rant and really the only part of the book I didn’t agree with – and yes, it got me riled up. (ya think?) Okay, off my soapbox.


Quietly and steadily, the number of women making six figures or more is increasing and continues to rise at a rate faster than for men. From entrepreneurs to corporate executives, from white-collar professionals to freelancers and part-timers, women are forging careers with considerable financial success.

In Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Barbara Stanny, journalist, motivational speaker,and financial educator, identifies the seven key strategies of female highearners: A Profit Motive, Audacity, Resilience, Encouragement, Self-Awareness, Non-attachment, and Financial Know-How.

Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including more than 150 women whose annual earnings range from $100,000 to $7 million, Barbara Stanny turns each of the six-figure traits into a specific strategy for upping earnings. By rigorously fine-tuning them, readers can, step-by-step, climb the income ladder.

2 Responses to “(Book) Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny”

  1. Aharon Hill 27 February 2009 at 4:47 pm Permalink

    Candy, I think I need to read this book. Kinda dread it, but am definitely needing to be inspired!

  2. Candy 27 February 2009 at 7:03 pm Permalink

    @Aharon Don’t dread it! It’s really good, completely worth a read… grab a copy. Seriously!

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