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By Chuck Ansbacher | April 18, 2017 | People
From Northwestern valedictorian to New York Times bestselling author, Nicole Lapin shares her secrets to making it in the business world.
How did Nicole Lapin, a self-described “moneyphobic mattress stuffer,” become a New York Times-bestselling finance guru? In 2004, as a Northwestern undergrad (and future valedictorian), the journalism major talked her way into a job reporting from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. “I was 18 and went to this broadcasting company and was like, ‘I love business news’—completely lying,” admits Lapin. Now a CNBC and Bloomberg alum, cohost of the CW’s Hatched, and author of hit book Rich Bitch, Lapin has just released her second tome, Boss Bitch, a 12-step plan for getting your career together aimed at helping young women avoid having to fake business literacy like she did.
Beyond driven: “I got my start in broadcasting [at] 15 at my local cable access station. I thought, ‘If I can say “Nicole Lapin, CNN,” before I die, I’ll die a happy woman.’ And I got there when I was 21.”
Windy beginnings: “Chicago is everything to me. It’s where I got into business news.”
Goals for 2017: “This is the year of the side hustle—whether it’s in the shared economy, like Uber and Airbnb, or something you can do to incubate your passion.”
Making mistakes: “I love talking about my failures and embarrassing stories more than anything else—those are always more instructional.” Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State St., 312-280-8155
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