Madeleine Albright on Work Ethic

A true trailblazer and one of the most powerful women to serve in the United States government, Madeleine Albright truly embodied the spirit of leadership. As a Czechoslovakian native from Prague, Albright fled the communist country for the U.S. with her family and became a U.S. citizen in 1957. After studying at Wellesley College, she earned her PhD at Columbia University and served on the U.S. National Security Council. In 1993, she was appointed the ambassador to the United Nations before being appointed the first woman to serve as the Secretary of State in 1997.

Albright embodied the American dream and showcased the strong will and spirit that inspired women and men alike throughout the past several decades. Her determination and grit are both exemplified in her dedication to striving for greatness.

“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”

Her success began with her view of hard work and continued through the idea that perception is often reality when it comes to your work ethic.

“Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.”

The old saying “no one drifts to success” is definitely true when it comes to Albright’s career. When elevated to Secretary of State, she was the highest ranking woman in U.S. history up until that point, and she definitely earned her place in history.

“I do not believe that things happen accidentally; I believe you earn them.”

Regardless of where you are in your career, the wise words from Albright still ring true today and are great examples of how to approach your profession. Strive for greatness, build a strong reputation, and earn your success.

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