“Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World,” by Maria Shriver offers solid advice. It’s nothing revolutionary but it is real, useful, advice. She is a real supporter of women and is honest in this book about failure, marriage, starting work from the bottom and working your way up, career, and motherhood. She shares her own experiences about her life and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
One of my favorite quotes from the book, “As a wise person once told me, and it actually was the same wise person as before: “If I could spare you the pain you’re experiencing, I wouldn’t – because I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you’ll gain from having gone through it and come out the other side.”
Here are her ten lessons she covers in the book:
1. First and Foremost: Pinpoint Your Passion
2. No Job is Beneath You
3. Who You Work for and With is as Important as What You Do
4. Your Behavior Has Consequences
5. Be Willing to Fail
6. Superwoman is Dead…And Superman May Be Taking Viagra
7. Children Do Change Your Careers (Not to Mention Your Entire Life)
8. Marriage is a Hell of A Lot of Hard Work
9. Don’t Expect Anyone Else to Support You Financially
I recently was at an event where Maria was talking and she is such an inspiring speaker and she is so down to earth. I am a big fan of hers and really enjoyed this book.