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Motivation from business leaders: Martha Stewart on an open mind

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At the age of ten Martha Stewart appeared in a commercials for Unilever to start a career as a model. Today she is one of the nation's most successful businesswomen. She built the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia company in the television and print media and designing lines of products sold at national retailers.

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It may have been destiny. The daughter of Polish immigrants, her parents taught her cooking, crafts, sewing and much more that would be the basis from her post-modeling success as a decorator and designer for Detroit’s own Kmart Corporation.

Many wondered why a woman of her talents and prestige would partner with the discounter when they felt she was more suited for a full-line upstairs department store chain. But Martha’s wisdom proved right as Kmart invested millions into her product line. This parlayed into her television show and magazine.

Why did she take such an expected step as signing with Kmart?

“Without an open-minded mind”, she said, “you can never be _______.” (Choose the correct ending from the choices below)

  1. Like me.
  2. On my television show.
  3. Open-hearted.
  4. A great success.

To see the correct ending to the quote, click here.

This is another installment of a series of quotes by business leaders. A successful business builder knows how to challenge people to be their personal best. Short quotes from them often serve as an inspirational thought of the day.

Guillermo Williams of in Rochester Hills, Mich., recommends using motivational stories to help set a workplace culture of success.

“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Problem solving.
  • Decision making.
  • Diversity.

This series is based on a motivational series from and is used by permission.



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