“My mother was widowed at age 38, with four girls to raise. I know the commitment it took her to be able to work enough hours to keep us together. Without financial independence, we really don’t have access to the choices and options that define true success—the freedom to pursue whatever opportunity we wish to. Whether you achieve financial success or not, though, don’t change your character. Don’t shrink yourself. I think we all—men and women—need to define ambition differently, to reframe it so that it doesn’t just apply to career. A lot of women would say, ‘Yes I want my career, but I also want a family or to travel.’ We have to start asking ourselves, ‘What is my life ambition?’ You may find that you’ve been making your ambition one-dimensional when it should be multidimensional.”
—Jane Wurwand, founder of the skin-care line Dermalogica, the International Dermal Institute, and the brand’s nonprofit initiative, Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship, which provides training and support to women around the world. Based in Los Angeles.