Inspiring Women: Suze Orman

Suze Orman is one woman who made a name for herself in the male-dominated finance industry. The #1 New York Times Bestselling author has made a career teaching how to gain power in your life by gaining power over your money.

We have so much to learn from this incredible woman when it comes to making a huge impact in our careers, taking control of our finances, and building a platform that empowers people around the world. Get inspired to create your own life of impact as we take a look into the life and philosophy of Suze Orman. 

Early Years

Believe it or not, Suze Orman spent her 20s waitressing for 7 years. As she struggled through school, this was just one of the odd jobs the future financial giant worked. But waitressing unexpectedly led Suze to begin her path toward financing. Deciding that she wanted to start her own restaurant, Suze ended up getting funding from long-time customers and the advice to put the money in a money market account with Merrill Lynch.

“A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it.”

- Suze Orman

While she lost all her initial funding to bad investment advice, Suze had begun diving in to the world of finance. She then realized that she had what it took to be a broker and got the job despite industry discrimination towards women.

“Don't look at the clock, and don't worry about the money. Yes, you read that right. The goal when you're starting out—or starting over—is to make yourself indispensable.”

- Suze Orman

From her early years, there was no telling the influence and reach Suze would have later in her career. With determination and a strong belief in herself, Suze went from waitressing to the world of finance in a move that would change her life and so many others.   

Career-Defining Moments

How did Suze go from broker to finance legend? Hours spent learning the field and immersing herself in investment gave her the knowledge she needed to succeed. Success magazine shared that after Suze heard a financial expert on the radio and the bad advice they were giving, she wrote to the station with her criticism and was invited on the show to explain.

That one experience on the air started a snowball of TV segments and radio shows that would shape Suze into the influential financial expert she is today. All because she reached out and trusted what she knew to be true! Suze later went to open her own firm and use the connections she’d made to begin publishing books. With each step Suze took in her career, her audience and influence grew and grew and hasn’t stopped since.

“Liking who you are and liking what you do can make you an incredibly successful person. That is how I define success. I would not define it financially. You can be a really successful person and never really have a penny to show for it.”

- Suze Orman

What We Learned From Her  

On Work

One thing you’ll hear from Suze over and over again is to make those that you’re dependent on for a salary, dependent on you. Making yourself indispensable at work, whatever your work may be, is key to career success.

“You make everybody stand up and take notice of you. Once you’ve shown them how invaluable you are, you have them exactly where you want them.”

- Suze Orman

When it comes to getting a raise or increasing your prices, Suze is all about asking for what you want. Her advice is to ditch fears of making people like you and focus on your own worth.

On Power

With all the focus on gender inequality at work, it can sometimes feel that women simply lack power. But Suze sees it differently. She teaches that true power doesn’t come from external circumstances, that’s only perceived power. You are the source of power.

“You alone are the power source. You are the one who makes the choices to spend money, to save money, to borrow money. What you choose to do with your money shows whether you are truly powerful or powerless.”

- Suze Orman

Suze believes that your self-worth builds your net worth. When you choose to own and exert power, you can step into your potential all on your own.