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Experiencing Career Success
PETER A. HESLIN
Kurt Timken grew up wealthy, the son of the chief executive ofﬁcer (CEO) of a family-run Fortune 150 corporation. He went to the ﬁnest schools and received a Harvard M.B.A. Despite his wealth and success, after seven years training to eventually take over the business, the long hours had destroyed his marriage and he was miserable. As Kurt put it, ‘‘I was at great, innovative companies, with super management, not trapped in layers of bureaucracy. I . . . was always challenged and given responsibility. And I was still not hopping out of bed in the morning, excited to get to work.’’ Fern Holland of Bluejacket, Oklahoma, wanted to make the world a better place. She left her six-ﬁgure job as a successful U.S. attorney to voluntarily advocate for Iraqi women’s rights and establish women’s centers across post-Hussein southern Iraq. The sheer joy of empowering Iraqi women with education about human rights and democratic processes made Fern unconcerned about being reviled by conservative Iraqis. On March 12, 2004, just hours after persuading an Iraqi judge to authorize bulldozing the home of an ex-Ba’ath Party ofﬁcial who had illegally built on the land of two Iraqi widows, 33-year-old Holland was fatally shot. A year after Betty Ford planned to retire from her difﬁcult and undistinguished career as a Congressional wife, she became the First Lady of the U.S.: ‘‘I was an ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time. I was no different once I became First Lady than I had been before. But, through an accident of history, I had become interesting to people.’’ Ford has since been widely honored for her outstanding humanitarian contributions related to cancer, alcoholism, disabled people, and women’s health,... [continues]
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