chapter tenThe Road to Reinvention

Success Story: Rita K. Spina

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead wherethere is no path and leave a trail.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

She was always ahead of the curve.

Long before unhappy suburban housewives started divorcing their husbands, Rita K. Spina did just that. Years before single moms commonly headed households, Rita raised four children on her own.

Decades before many women attended college, she earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD. And way before the male-dominated New York psychology world had seen anything like her, Rita launched a long, successful career as a clinical practitioner and expert in the field.

“I know I’m a risk taker,” she explained. “I’ve always needed to do things that nobody else would ...

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