Forbes Most Powerful Women

Forbes has once again published their top 100 most powerful women list. At the top of the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Angela is not only #1 most powerful woman for the second year in a row, she is also listed as the #4 most powerful person in the world.

What does it take to be considered a powerful woman? The list contains an eclectic selection of business leaders, political leaders, leading marketers, philanthropists, entertainers and entrepreneurs.

The average age is over 50 with a few celebrities (Beyonce and Lady Gaga) in the younger set. At a quick glance, the youngest business women were Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo (#21) and (#100) at the tender age of 29, Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani, the Chair of the Qatar Museum Authority in Qatar.

What do they have in common? A vision – a passion – a drive to make a difference. As the saying goes “they all put their pants on one leg at a time” just like we do.

So here is a challenge for you. 

Find a 3×5 index card. Now answer this question:

“What could I do that would bring in $150,000 in salary in 2013?” (if you already make 6 figures – pick a number that is double your current salary and do the same exercise.)

Now ask yourself:  “What difference do I want to make in this world?”

Think big.  Not what difference you’ll make in your department or community…but in the world.  Check out this list of women – think of the changes that they have brought about in the world by having a vision and setting out to make a difference.  Tie the two together and see if you find something that you can put on that index card. Something that will bring in financial benefit while also making a difference.

What would it take to have your name on that list next year or the year after?  What is standing in the way of making that happen?