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Going After Her Dream: Maria Dorfner

This year, we are all about the inspiration on Sarah by the Sea, so on Fridays I will be featuring inspiring women in Five on Friday Q&As. This is one of my very favorite features, and I hope you love it too.

Please give a warm welcome to Maria Dorfner, a broadcast journalist and founder of the Healthy Within Network (HWN). Dorfner is passionate about health programming, and has drawn on that to create both NewsMD Communications, LLC, a production company specializing in medical/health, and HWN. “A letter I received from a mother after I produced a health segment made all the difference for me. She thanked me for saving her son’s life because my story on the need for more Hispanics to donate bone marrow found a lifesaving match for him. That’s when my occupation morphed into a vocation — a calling. If I could save one life with one story, I knew I could help or save more by specializing in what had always been a lifelong passion — health,” says Dorfner, who hails from New York, NY.

Why is important to you to go after your dream?

Maria Dorfner: I feel we only have one life. We are meant to follow our dreams because therein lies our passion. And passion makes the difference between having a job or having a career.

What are your must-reads for inspiration and motivation?

MD: I have read so many inspirational and motivational books. A few must-reads I recommend are:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success by Deepak Chopra
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • The Spiritual Warrior by John Roger
  • When God Winks by Squire Rushnell
  • What It Takes by Bill Boggs

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

MD: The best piece of advice I ever received was from my Dad who wanted me to become a jockey. He said, “Don’t ever look at the other horses in the race. Just do your best and keep moving straight ahead.” I didn’t become a jockey, but that advice served me well throughout my career.

Who inspires you and why?

MD: First, my parents inspire me. They are salt-of-the-earth people with strong morals, values and work ethic. Secondly, anyone who is self-made or had to overcome obstacles to achieve anything in life inspires me. People like Oprah, Mark Cuban or Richard Branson weren’t handed anything on a silver platter. They prove the playing field is equal when you start. The rest is up to you.

What’s the first thing you do every morning?

MD: The absolute first thing I do each morning is thank God for another healthy day. Then, I breathe deeply and stretch.


Thank you to Maria Dorfner! Tune in every Friday for interviews with women going after their dreams.

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