Ok, so for those that know me, you know that I am a huge Empire fan.  If you really know me, then you know that’s a big deal because I am not much of a television person.

For those that are unfamiliar with who or what Empire is, here it is briefly:  it is a television show about a drug dealer that was busted for dealing and his then-wife took the rap for him so he can raise their three sons.  Fast forward to 17 years later, the drug-dealer turned music mogul is at war with pretty much everyone that feels like he needs to pay up, included his ex-wife that feels like she is entitled to half of the Empire.

Now, that you have the story line, I really want to talk about the ex-wife’s character, Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson).

She exudes this attitude like she IS that female.  She fears (almost) nothing and she walks in any room like she owns it each and every time.

I bring up her character because a lot of us have a little Cookie within and just do not know it or don’t know how to embrace it.  Here are some key qualities that you will need to be successful in your careers and/or businesses:

She knows her worth.  Coming out the gate, Cookie Lyon knew that half of that Empire belonged to her.  She did not (and will not) stop until others see her worth too (and pay her exactly that).

She believes in herself.  Even if Cookie doubted herself for a split second, she reminded herself of who she is and just went for it.

She does not settle.  Cookie is a go-getter.  She wants what is rightfully hers and will stop at nothing to get it.

She has great body language.  Again, Cookie walks into ANY room like she absolutely OWNS it!!!  She stands up tall and walks with fierceness, fearlessness and confidence.  When she walks in, her presence is 100% there, and there is NO denying that.

She dresses the part.  Along with that walk of confidence, Cookie dresses like she IS the boss.

Sidenote:  Empire will return on Wednesday, September 23rd (yes, I will be watching).  Check your local listing for details.


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