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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Livesby Katie Couric
Synopses & Reviews
What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? How did Mario Batali cook up his recipe for success? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business--distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.
Among the many voices to be heard here are financial guru Suze Orman on the benefits of doing what's right, not what's easy; director Steven Spielberg on listening rather than being listened to; quarterback Drew Brees on how his (literal) big break changed his life; and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld on the secrets of a great long-term relationship (she suggests marrying someone less neurotic than you); not to mention:
- Michael Bloomberg: Eighty percent of success is showing up . . . early.
- Eric Stonestreet: Remember that the old lady who's taking forever in line is someone's grandma.
- Joyce Carol Oates: Read widely--what you want to read, and not what someone suggests that you should read.
- Jimmy Kimmel: When in doubt, order the hamburger.'
- Apolo Ohno: It's not about the forty seconds; it's about the four years, the time it took to get there.
- Madeleine K. Albright: Never play hide-and-seek with the truth.
Along the way, Couric reflects on the good advice--and the missteps--that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking role as the first female anchor of the CBS Evening News. She reveals how the words of Thomas Jefferson helped her deal with her husband's tragic death from cancer, and what encouraged her to leave the security of NBC's Today show for a new adventure at CBS.
Delightful, empowering, and moving, The Best Advice I Ever Got is the perfect book for anyone who is thinking about the future, contemplating taking a risk, or daring to make a leap into the great unknown. This book is for all of us, young or old, who want to see how today's best and brightest got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top.
The anchor of CBS evening news collects the best life tips from a host of accomplished leaders, thinkers, artists and more, including Chelsea Handler, Malcolm Gladwell, Mario Batali, Colin Powell, Ken Burns, Barbara Walters, Beyonc
About the Author
\Katie Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, a 60 Minutes correspondent, and anchor of CBS News prime-time specials. She has covered most of the major breaking news events over the past fifteen years, including the historic presidential election of 2008, the September 11 attacks, the Columbine tragedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the funeral of Princess Diana.
Table of Contents
pt. 8. Look outside yourself: on commitment and contribution. Do something lasting / Ken Burns — Commit to something bigger than yourself / Jacqueline Novogratz — Empathy opens doors / Meryl Streep — Not every path should be linear / John Wood — Give of yourself / Lisa Ling — Everything you need is everything you have / Maggie Doyne — Giving is living / Mitch Ablom — Be grateful / Michael J. Fox — You're sitting on a winning lottery ticket ... invest it wisely / Scott Case — Be a good citizen / William J. Clinton — pt. 9. What boats are built for: on taking risks and seeking opportunity. Be true to yourself / Ellen DeGeneres — Find your next adventure / Condoleezza Rice — Sometimes you gotta go off course / Matt Lauer — Be comfortable with the uncomfortable / General David H. Petraeus — Run fast, but don't run scared / Fareed Zakaria — Opportunity will find you / Indra Nooyi — Life is a series of happy accidents / Jane Lynch — When there isn't a right choice... / Marissa Mayer — Say yes / Eric Schmidt — Make your own path / Maya Angelou — A cold bucket of water / Ruth J. Simmons — Yes ... and that's the word / Stephen Colbert — Take chances / Steve Martin — pt. 10. Find the joy: on wisdom and happiness. Wisdom you can eat / Jimmy Kimmel — Dare to be happy / Jane Aronson, M.D. — Advice I wish I'd taken / Julie Bowen — Don't miss out on life / David Axelrod — Marry your conscience / Jay Leno — Find your magic / Jorge Ramos — What I've learned from Elmo / Kevin Clash — Feast on your life / Rosario Dawson — Ten ways to avoid mucking up the world any worse than it already is / Russell Baker — Positive energy is the new pink / Wendy Walker — But mostly, have a really fun time / Eric Stonestreet — Doing the best we can. Before I die / Edmund N. Carpenter, II.
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