When the stock market slumped in 2008 and investment titans fell, the first journalist to report live daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange set to uncover seeds of resilience in the wreckage.

"I wanted to write initially about the weekend that changed Wall Street," said financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, adding, "I was watching, in 2008, so many people lose their jobs and iconic firms fail ... I thought to myself, `this is really scary and I wonder if there's a place we can get to in our careers where we can feel successful while the world around us is falling apart.'"

Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" and host of a Wall Street report fed to more than 200 stations across the nation, wanted to document the ladder climb of some of the world's top business icons to find how they got there and how they stay there.

"The 10 Laws of Enduring Success," is the product of Bartiromo's search for the success recipes of Condoleezza Rice, Goldie Hawn, Jack Welch, Sarah Palin, Bono and others, as well as her own path to success.

"It was definitely a departure for me," she said of the book's subject. "I never really talk about myself, but with this book I was forced to write about my own experiences and thoughts. I didn't want it to be Bill Gates' top 10 list, I wanted it to be my own."

She added, "I tried to come away optimistic with lessons and tools for people to hopefully thrive."

On Saturday, April 17, Bartiromo will visit New Canaan Library to talk about her new how-to book and discuss how the very definition of success, an intangible goal many people strive for, has changed since the economy tanked two years ago.

One of few women on male-dominated Wall Street, Bartiromo said she broke in to a men's club culture and has stayed for the last 17 years.

"It was difficult breaking in," she said. "It took a fair amount of courage ... There are some people who didn't want me there -- because I was a reporter, but also because I'm a woman."

In her book, Bartiromo divulges the drive behind her successes, but also the failures she has learned from.

One of the most vital laws on her list is adaptability, Bartiromo said. In any economic climate, those who get ahead and stay ahead are those who subject themselves to continual self-assessment, she said.

"One of the most important thing people need to be able to do is adapt, because this is not a joke. This is reality," she said, adding, "As individuals, we need to look at our own skill sets and see where the holes are."

Maria Bartiromo will discuss her new book, "The 10 Laws of Enduring Success," at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 in the Lamb Room at the New Canaan Library.