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Got What It Takes? Bartiromo Sure Does!

Posted Saturday April 7, 2007 4:00 PM GMT

Maria Bartiromo is one of the main anchors for financial channel CNBC. We don't expect you to know her by name (we didn't), but the story reported by the NY Post is so amusing... we just had to include it!

It appears that Bartiromo offered up some "eye-popping quotes" about getting ahead in life in a new book on personal growth by veteran TV personality Bill Boggs. While it is uncertain what context Bartiromo's quotes came in, Page 6 definitely has given the answers a sexual spin.

"'Stamina, for me, is just coming back and coming back and doing it again and again,' Bartiromo pants in 'Got What It Takes?'. The CNBC anchor, who weathered a backlash over reports of her 'rides' with a male Citibank exec on the bank's corporate jet by refusing to talk about it - also shares the mental tricks she uses to stay strong. 'You have to be mentally tough,' she says. 'You must keep the finish line in focus . . . You call it emotional endurance.'"

'Got What It Takes' seems to be quite an interesting book, and is due out next week. Some other excerpts offered up by the Post include:

* Donald Trump says sobriety is one key to success: "I don't drink alcohol, so I don't have impaired speech or make mistakes due to inebriation, and I don't have hangovers. I'm always ready for the next morning, seven days a week."

* Matt Lauer tells Boggs that talent makes up just 40 percent of the equation for success, the other 60 percent being a combination of "luck, serendipity, timing, flukes."

* Diane von Furstenberg likens success to good cooking, with luck and timing being important ingredients. "But at the end . . . it's like making a chocolate cake. You forget the sugar, it doesn't taste the same. You bake it too long, it doesn't taste the same."

* Former Gov. Mario Cuomo says a good mantra for success is: "Just sit there and say to yourself, 'I've got a limited number of years. What do I want to do with them? Do I want to change the world? Do I want to have a family? Do I want to have fun? . . . Try thinking yourself into a commitment to some purpose. Just try it."

* Novelist Anna Quindlen, who started her writing career as a reporter at The Post, said looks play no part in success: "I think I look like a generic woman . . . You know, no one looks at me and thinks, 'God, if I were thin and blond, I could write a best-selling novel, too.' "