How to Succeed When the Odds are Against You

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Polina Marinova PomplianoSome people believe that challenging times will stack the odds against you – and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. Polina Marinova Pompliano, founder of The Profile, author and editor of Term Sheet, Fortune’s industry-leading deal-making newsletter, and author of the book, Hidden Genius, would tell you to think differently and find a solution based on courage, determination, and appreciation. She would add that when you do, you will land in a place better than before the obstacles got in your way. In this CareerCast, Polina shares her insights, the best lessons learned from a top group of global experts, and strategies to help you win – whether the odds are in your favor or not.

Aired October 20, 2023

Polina Marinova Pompliano is the founder of The Profile, a new media company that features longform profiles of successful people and companies each week.

Previously she spent five years at Fortune where she wrote more than 1,300 articles and earned the trust of prominent investors and entrepreneurs. As the author and editor of Term Sheet, Fortune’s industry-leading dealmaking newsletter, Polina interviewed the industry’s most influential dealmakers including Melinda Gates, Steve Case, Chamath Palihapitiya, Alexis Ohanian, and more.

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