F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez shares her rules for a successful career.
My rules for success were born of lessons I learned from my parents: My father’s, “The only sin in life is to waste your talents,” and my mother’s, “Don’t tell me you can’t do it! Just do it,” made it clear very early on that I was expected to succeed in one way or another. Throughout my life it has often seemed as if a higher power put people in my path in order to teach me a particular lesson that ultimately helped me achieve my goals. Here are a few of them: