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Rep. Marsha Blackburn On Her New Book: 'Life Equity'

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 06:42 PM

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One of Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s heroes is former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Blackburn’s new book Life Equity reveals why.

As Congressman Blackburn quotes the Iron Lady, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

It’s no accident Rep. Blackburn prefers to be addressed as “congressman.” It seems she wants to play by the boys’ rules, and expects to hold her own quite effectively.

[Editor's Note: Watch Rep. Marsha Blackburn discuss the current political situation - Go Here Now]

Blackburn’s book tells women how to translate their skills to success in the workplace. She earned many of her lessons through personal experience.

“What I have learned,” remarks Blackburn, a staunch voice for fiscal and social conservatism in Congress, “is that you have to sort through the naysayers. Every once in a while there is a valid criticism, but also you have to realize that some of it is just like junk mail. You throw it in the trash.”

Blackburn’s book comes at an opportune time. With the Dow having fallen over 400 points since President Obama took office a little over a month ago, droves of women who figured they’d resume their careers “someday” are balancing their checkbooks only to discover that their re-entry into the workforce has become a sooner-rather-than-later proposition.

That’s where Blackburn comes in. Her book offers women a trusted guide on how to translate family-oriented experiences into the experience every employer seeks.

In an exclusive interview, Blackburn tells Newsmax that fear of failure is the main reason women avoid merging onto life’s careerism highway. She urges women to “transform their risk paradigm.”

“We’ve learned is that courage comes from acting courageously. You have to do it on a day-to-day basis and it is one of those habits. You have to learn how to be a skilled risk taker,” she says.

[Editor’s Note: Get Marsha Blackburn’s book, “Life Equity: Realize Your True Value and Pursue Your Passions at Any Stage of Life” — Go here now.]

Blackburn has written a bracing Tennessee blend of motivational encouragement and practical advice -- a book worthy of the Iron Lady herself. She says she wrote the book because “you have more empty nesters, and more women looking at the second half of life as a great act two.”

“I am also meeting women who say, ‘In this economic climate I am going to head back to the work force.’ And they love the part about leadership being a transferable commodity, and the skills that you have developed from one area, maybe from working at raising a family, and taking those skills and using them as a marketable skill.”

Blackburn says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s political arrival has had a big impact on women’s views of what they can accomplish.

“I think that anytime you have a woman who breaks the barriers it helps all women to say ‘I think that I could also do that also,’” says Blackburn. “I think Gov. Palin is a great example of a woman who stepped forward and has chosen to lead, and who has developed those leadership skills. I thought that it was fantastic when her husband, Todd, said that he should have paid more attention when Sarah joined the PTA.”

Blackburn contends the key to succeeding in the workplace is recognizing the value of your “life equity.” By her formula, life equity is the sum total of your experiences, plus your abilities, plus your passions.

Blackburn says women are often surprised at how well their experiences outside of the workplace have prepared them for career success. And bringing a sincere passion to your work is important to.

“People talk about sweat equity in a small business, or financial equity in their company or in their portfolio. The life that you have led is equity that you have built up in life. That is some collateral, and you should use it as you are applying for jobs, seeking other opportunities, and improving your family’s quality of life,” she tells Newsmax.

Blackburn believes it’s time to move away from a male-oriented model of what true leadership is. People may think they want a strong male leader, but what they really want is someone who can get the job done regardless of gender.

“People want to see leaders of action, whether it is in their Church, their company, or their country,” she tells Newsmax. “They want to see leaders of action who produce tangible results -- and women will do that. I love the fact that ‘leader’ is a title you can assign to somebody, but ‘leadership’ is an action that you have to exercise.

“And that is what people want to see. They want to see the action. Not the assigned title, not something that you talk about, but action that produces results.”

[Editor's Note: Watch Rep. Marsha Blackburn discuss the current political situation - Go Here Now]

[Editor’s Note: Get Marsha Blackburn’s book, “Life Equity: Realize Your True Value and Pursue Your Passions at Any Stage of Life” — Go here now.]

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