Paula’s inspirational journey defied stereotypes and shattered glass ceilings. Despite facing challenges as a woman, a disabled individual, and a single mother, she triumphed. Her achievements—an international speaker at 50, a bestselling author at 70, and a TV producer at 71—embody resilience and determination.

Understanding and challenging stereotypes is key. Paula’s story illustrates how age, gender, and circumstances need not limit success. While breaking every barrier may be impossible, recognizing and challenging stereotypes within our control fosters personal growth.

Paula’s journey empowers others to defy societal norms and strive for greatness. Follow her examples and celebrate your own perseverance, resilience, and triumph over limitations. Learn soft skill power strategies for taking positive control in situations and relationships so you can position yourself to attract unimagined success.

Stereotypes About You

You face more stereotypes than you realize.

Stereotypes are the building blocks of glass ceilings.

See the stereotypes about you in the blog posts that fit your life. Each blog post includes Points to Ponder:

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: People In General

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Workplaces

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Romance

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Ethnic, National, & Racial Identities

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Poverty

You probably won’t be able to break every stereotype and every glass ceiling in your life.

But you won’t be able to break any stereotype or any glass ceiling unless you know how to break them.

You always have control over how you present yourself to bystanders. Take advantage of that control to invite unimagined success from bystanders who value your words and actions. Unimagined success is the success other people intentionally create for you because you invited loyalty from them with your positive words and actions.

Glass Ceilings

“Beyond The Glass Ceiling: Why Businesses Need Women At The Top”
International Labor Organization
September 2019

“Breaking the Glass Ceiling”
Mind Tools Content Team
MindTools
No Date

“The ‘Glass Ceiling’ For Black Corporate Executives Is Really A ‘Concrete Ceiling’”
Eric Bachman
Forbes Magazine
December 16, 2021

“Sensitive Men: It’s Your Glass Ceiling, Too”
Andrew O’Connell
Harvard Business Review
September 20, 2010

 

Toxic Gossip

“Businesses Lose $75 Billion Due To Poor Customer Service”
Shep Hyken
Forbes Magazine
May 17, 2018

“The Cost of Incivility in the Workplace”
Carrie Penman
Navex
February 21, 2019

“How Employees Make or Break Business Success (and How You Can Lead the Way)”
Sean Peek
Business
October 30, 2023

“Poisoning the Well: The impact of incivility in the workplace”
Jeremy Willinger
Ethical Systems
June 29, 2015

“Your Rude Co-Workers Cost Your Company an Extra $14,000 Per Employee, According to Science”
Amy Morin
Inc. Magazine
December 12, 2016

Wherever you are in your workplace,
you can take at least some control to reduce the incivility of toxic gossip
.

At age 18, Paula worked at the bottom of a corporation.
She took positive control in 2 situations to end toxic gossip,
and got the results she wanted in both situations.