Janis Cortese

Burbank, CA, United States

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Janis Cortese
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is the most painful lesson you experienced and you wish other people to avoid your experience
Not a popular nor a politically correct one: If you are a woman, you will have a far better time accomplishing things that require absolutely no delegation or teamwork, especially in very male-heavy environments. Most such disciplines have an on-ramp in the early 20s, and males in that age bracket will ABSOLUTELY NEVER accept leadership from a female in the same age bracket. If you are an ambitiousd woman and have multiple arenas where you can achieve things, aim yourself for the one that requires as little teamwork as possible. Sorry, but it's the truth.
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Janis Cortese
Posted over 3 years ago
Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself
I tend to think this is personality dependent, but I do practice it myself. Telling people what I'm planning to accomplish tends to take the air out of it -- and it also opens it up to potential damage. There are a lot of times where people will not only give you inappropriate props for not having done anything, but those same people will also go "Hey, you're taking it too seriously! Lighten up!" when you actually buckle down and do the work. Best thing to do is to cut them out of the process. Then, there's the people who will butt in and try to tell you what to do because they want to steer, and the passive-aggressive types who will go, "Oooooh, I don't knoooooooow ... " Easiest to just STFU and do it. But I can see how some personality types would like the accountability factor. However, either way, you have to watch out for the people who will cheerlead trivially but then try to undermine later.
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Janis Cortese
Posted almost 4 years ago
Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs
You are beyond belief. Thank heavens that Mullins doesn't listen to people who tell her that she has the wrong body to do whatever she wants. She had to fight her whole life against a society telling her that she couldn't be athletic and powerful because her body was mutilated and ugly, and now she's got people like you who think she can't be wise or insightful because she's not mutilated and ugly ENOUGH. Wrong body == nothing to contribute. I guess you'll just have to wait for an ugly amputee to come along and say the same things this incisive, thoughtful woman has said. Until then, mire yourself in ignorance and refuse to listen to her. It's your free choice to judge her as others have done for her entire life: that she has nothing to contribute because she has the wrong body. She wasn't born that way just to make you feel bad about yourself. We all have to look like something -- she looks like that, and I'm afraid you'll just have to deal.