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While Cathie's book is full of career advice, it can help stay-at-home moms be on top of their game, too. "So much of this is really universal," she says. "A mom at home is dealing with many of the same pullshow to be in three places at one time? Or how do you just become more effective moms?"

As a mother of two, Cathie says she understands that moms have many tasks to jugglebut they must consider what's important to them. "People say to me, 'Oh, you've got it all,' and I say, 'Yes, on some level,'" she says. "But some days are better than others. Some days it all falls apart. Some days, someone's sick or you've missed a meeting."

No matter their occupation, Cathie says women should examine how they define success for themselves. "[Oprah has] said this foreverit is, 'Live your best life.' Live the best life you can have," she says. "It's not the life that your parents said you should live or your boyfriend. It is saying, 'What do I want? What's going to satisfy me?'"

Finding satisfaction can mean striving for what Cathie calls a "360-degree life"balancing your time among family, career and passions. "At the end of the day, you can love your job, but your job is not going to love you back," Cathie says.
FROM: How to Be a Star at Work and at Home
Published on January 01, 2006


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