“You could wait your whole life to be the weight you want, the age you’d like to be again, the person you’d like to be with to go. You could wait and wait and wait and miss the opportunity. Don’t wait.” ~ Diane Winston
For this episode, I sat down with Diane Winston while I was in New Orleans. I first met Diane when she came to Bhutan with me on one of our WanderTours a number of years ago and we’ve remained friends ever since.
Diane served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives until mid-2008. Spoiler alert, Diane and I are not on the same side of the aisle, as they say, when it come to politics. But we still have a tremendous amount of respect for each other.
I knew that I wanted to speak with Diane for the podcast but I wasn’t quite sure how the conversation would go. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised because Diane is a huge advocate for women: women in politics, of course, but also for women being bold and women getting out of their comfort zone.
She understands all too well the reality of living and working in a male-dominated world. And she’s learned skills that have helped her navigate that especially when it comes to politics. Having served in a male-dominated career for a long time, Diane has some really strong opinions about the roles and talents of both men and women. She’s great at giving credit for both sexes but she’s realistic in terms of what holds women back from being more adventurous and risk takers.
As I was editing this episode, I constantly had to pause so I could take notes. Diane is a strong woman with some great observations about how to navigate the world.
Sure, she talks some politics, but don’t worry, this is NOT a political discussion.
Diane, who is 68, talks about retirement and how, in retirement, it’s easy to start second guessing yourself. We talk about how women are always going to be the primary caregivers and, as a result, tend to put ourselves last.
Because I have a couple of friends interested in running for office, we talked about why more women don’t run but why they SHOULD. So, if you’ve been thinking of running or have friends who are, this is a good one for you.
We talk about the importance of setting goals and ticking things off a task list and why women need to learn how to be better goal setters in order to increase their satisfaction, gratification and prosperity. She believes it all comes down to having a fire in your belly (a passion) and that is the key to being successful and happy.
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