Lessons in Independence, Ginni Rometty
Her father walked out. Her mother stepped up. And Ginni Rometty learned the lessons in independence that helped her become IBM’s CEO.
GINNI ROMETTY: When I was about 16, my father one day decided-- really he didn't want anything to do with the rest of us. And he left my mom. She was a great mom, but hadn't gone to college in those days. And in fact, was left with no money and soon to be no home.
And so she went back to school. She, of course, had to go to school during the day, work at night because we had to find some way to get along. She was so determined.
We all learned, you, only you, define who you are. You always need to be able to take care of yourself. Never depend on someone else. And so that when you are never dependent on someone, you therefore have a great freedom to make the choices you need to make.