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Being Successful Means “Keeping the Faith”

LatinaLista — These days, associating corporate America with Christian values sounds more like an oxymoron than a plan for Latinas to achieve professional success.

Yet, Cubana-Latina and corporate executive veteran, Ana Mollinedo Mims, lays the blueprint for Latinas to follow in achieving professional success without compromising their values in her new book “Keeping the Faith: How Applying Spiritual Purpose to your Work can lead to Extraordinary Success.”

In a book dedicated to showing how remaining mindful of one’s relationship with God can get you through difficult situations, Mims makes it clear from the book’s beginning that though her relationship with God gets her over the day-to-day challenges at work, it was her determination that got her where she is today.

“I am living proof that career success is not just for the lucky or the well connected. Or for those who receive positive reinforcement about their goals in life. It comes from focus, determination, and most important for me, from a relationship with God…,”

wrote Mims.
Walking her readers through examples on how to practice such Christian qualities as “prayerfulness,” “humility, “forgiveness” and “stewardship” in the workplace, Mims fills each chapter with personal stories drawn from her own life experiences or those of others she profiles in the book to underscore her points.
Unfortunately, the tone in some of her examples comes across as less of an executive mindful of God’s daily presence and more like someone who behaved like the very people she’s telling readers to pray to God to for guidance and patience on how to relate to them.
However, Mims does offer enough good information and advice to take to heart and put into practice that her “executive tone” can be overlooked.
In fact, a strong chapter in the book deals with leaving a legacy. Explaining that it’s all about the different ways everyone leaves their mark on the world, Mims rightfully reminds readers that everyone leaves a legacy, intentionally or not.
And surprisingly, though the title of the book implies a religious motivation for “keeping the faith,” it’s clear that this second-generation immigrant is telling Latinas to keep faith in the knowledge that they are just as worthy as their colleagues and workplace competitors for any position on the ladder of corporate success.
With so few Latinas that have broken through the proverbial glass ceiling, “Keeping the Faith” serves as a must-have morale booster that anything is possible – with faith.

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