“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”—Helen Gurley Brown
Recently on Chinese television, Helen Gurley Brown was on one of the daily shows to give an interview. I had never heard of her, but I suppose I should have. She’s the woman who made Cosmopolitan what it is today, and is the author of Sex and the Single Girl, a national bestseller that was one of the first of its kind to tell women they could ‘be all they wanted to be’.
She’s fascinating to listen to, and though I haven’t been able to find any audio interviews, I’ve come up with some print conversations and quotes that are fun to read (though they aren’t quite as informative as what I saw on television). But here’s one from Psychology Today:
Nothing recedes like success. You absolutely cannot count on it sticking around unless you take measures to see that it does so. You cannot coast. It doesn’t work. I wouldn’t dare take anything for granted. I have the best staff in the world, but what I really should do is work harder in order to continue to keep having it happen.
Best advice I can think of, especially in the publishing industry. Here’s another with Mediabistro, the Yale Herald, and a collection of quotes.
The last two winners of my Christmas contest are Linda and Donna, so congratulations to the both of you!