Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World

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*Starting at the bottom--over and over again

*Dealing with--and learning from--the Boss from Hell

*Giving up the Wedding Delusion, not to mention that one-way ticket to Happily Ever After

*Being asked to bend your principles--by your superiors

*Wanting to be a high-powered success and super parent

*Knowing that children will both exhaust and sustain you

*Facing that terrifying question: "What have I been put on this earth to do?"

You could call them notes from life's trenches. Maria Shriver's Ten Things I Wish ...

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Overview

*Starting at the bottom--over and over again

*Dealing with--and learning from--the Boss from Hell

*Giving up the Wedding Delusion, not to mention that one-way ticket to Happily Ever After

*Being asked to bend your principles--by your superiors

*Wanting to be a high-powered success and super parent

*Knowing that children will both exhaust and sustain you

*Facing that terrifying question: "What have I been put on this earth to do?"

You could call them notes from life's trenches. Maria Shriver's Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Before I Went Out into the Real World gives us her reflections, confessions, advice, memories, and, most of all, hard-earned lessons...all the things we wish we knew before we started out, and that few people ever honestly discuss.

Here is the truth about: the price we pay for giving in to our fears, as well as the relief we feel when we finally face them; the humiliation of swallowing our ego so that we can learn from an abusive experience; the rewards of taking risks and the pain of failure; the joy of finding someone we can love and the limitations of every relationship; how it's never too late to tap the wisdom of others, even (especially!) our own parents; and the importance of taking what we do seriously without taking ourselves seriously.

Expanded from Maria's acclaimed College of the Holy Cross commencement address and written in the voice of a trusted and trusting best friend, Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Before I Went Out into the Real World is a pithy, poignant, down-to-earth, and at times laugh-out-loud book that will help people of all ages and on all roads in life.

It's within you to carve out your own future, create your own destiny.

I wrote this book so that you might be spared. Not from having to learn the lessons I had to learn. No one can spare you that, because learning is experiential, and you have to do it yourself. As a wise person once told me: 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.

Each and every one of you is a powerful, resilient human being capable of living the life you design for yourself. I wish all of you the faith and the courage to pinpoint your passion.


About the Author:

Maria Shriver puts her "commas" in the following order: mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, Peabody Award- and Emmy Award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author (for What's Heaven?), and forty-plus woman desperately seeking more time, more patience, a homework helper, and a twenty-one-year-old's skin and body. She lives with her husband and four children in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Wish I'd had this book for graduation

    I read this book a few years after graduating from college and I just wished that someone had shared these insights with me as a young woman about to enter the workforce. Often times women have a cinderella complex about life, in that we want to be rescued or we believe that things will magically fall into place but they don't. Life is hard work, and we all need to learn to stand on our own. This book address that need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Mother of 2 teenage daughters

    I love Maria Shriver so was really excited to get the book and share it with my daughters. Seemed like not alot of effort put into this book, took all of about half hour to read. With todays children they need things that will really penatrate as I'd hoped this book would. I would have liked to see a more in depth book.

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