Marianna Olszewski

A penny saved, a penny earned: “My father worked at Ford Motor Company and he taught me a value of a dollar,” says Olszewski of her modest upbringing and early training in money management. In her first book, Live It, Love It, Earn It—which she spent a year writing at her South Pointe condo—Olszewski empowers women to take control of their own financial destiny. Find your true passion: “My dream when I was a little girl was to have my own business,” says the former hedgefund manager. “I didn’t play house, I played office. I even carried around a briefcase with fake money in it.” In her book, the author cites successful women, like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, who have also found success by following their dreams. “By doing what you love and what you’re good at, things just come—and it’s fun.” Date night: The finance and life coach has a unique approach when it comes to teaching women about money. Much like a matchmaker gives romantic advice, Olszewski speaks in relationship terms. “One of the tips I suggest is to make a date with your money: ‘On Monday at 7 PM I’m going to sit down with my bills.’ Sit down with your Evian or your wine and go over your expenses. It’s much more comfortable and soon money becomes your friend.”
—Tish Johnson Cook

Best piece of advice you ever received:
Follow your dream and the money will come.
Most treasured asset: My little baby boy
Book on your bedside table? The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
Greatest Miami indulgence: Running on the beach when the sun is going down
A talent you wish you had: The ability to cook

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