Marie Curie on your career

Famed physicist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie pioneered research in radium, polonium and radioactivity. But she once shared some wisdom that may inspire you as you go about managing your life, career and business:

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

Marie Curie began her undergraduate work in Warsaw at a time when women were not permitted to attend university. Fearing the repercussions of the czarist regime, she studied at a "floating university" that changed location nightly. She eventually went on to be the first woman in France to get a PhD, the first female prof at the Sorbonne and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. That’s passion. That’s values-driven.

What drives you in your work and life?

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