The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

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by Katie Couric
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Using her experience as a CBS news anchor, Couric has collected advice and life-changing anecdotes from more than 95 of America's best-known personalities. Couric groups the entries into ten broad categories, including the warning to never give in, the challenge to be unreasonable, and the recommendation to find joy. Luminaries range from Donald Trump and Madeleine K. Albright to Chris Evert and Alicia Keys. Maria Shriver encourages the reader to not be afraid of being afraid, while Mo'Nique talks about growing through rather than going through things in life. Almost all of the stories share the common thread of the writer who faced struggles and discouragement before achieving success. Couric introduces each chapter with her own experience of finding her passion, keeping commitments to her daughters, advocating for cancer research and awareness, and doing her best. In a particularly touching piece, war hero Edmund N. Carpenter II writes about the things he wants to do before he dies, including bringing happiness to others and feeling a great love. This book will make an ideal graduation gift as well as an inspirational guide to self-improvement. It can't miss.
Kirkus Reviews

Award-winning anchor of theCBS Evening Newscompiles insights and advice from influential public figures for any stage of life.

What do Beyoncé and General David Petraeus have in common? They're among the more than 100 entertainers, entrepreneurs, political figures and journalists doling out words of wisdom in Couric's collection. In an easy-to-read format, the author assembles an array of advice from successful people, and her tone is casual and upbeat. Divided into different themes, such as courage, hard work and contribution, the book veers between the humorous and the poignant. Finance expert Suze Orman describes her struggles as a waitress, and late war hero Edmund N. Carpenter II shares his approach to life in a candid essay he wrote in 1938 at the tender age of 17.Couric seamlessly weaves in the lessons she has learned along the way, sharing anecdotes from her own life, which has not been without hardship. She opens up about her husband's early death from cancer and the sexist attitudes she faced as the first woman to solo-anchor a major newscast. Most of the advice found here isn't earth-shattering—Bill Cosby says he was his own worst enemy, Larry King suggests readers "learn how to listen"—but it comes from people who have excelled with talent, luck and lots of hard work. The author's profits will be donated to Scholarship America, an organization that helps students go to college.

Readers looking to browse for a little inspiration can also help a worthy cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307943293
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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.

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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like you were talking to a great friend. I love it. If you want some more great advice, check out a little book called "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I have been singing that book's praises not because it needs it, but because it's good and many people can be helped by it.
susanrigato More than 1 year ago
Pre-ordered it. Got it on Monday. Skimmed it. No real depth. Interesting at points, but mostly a vapid celebration of celebrity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives" is a collection of essays, by a variety of 114 prominent people. Lessons learned, passions lived, challenges taken and mentors highlighted in the pages will cause you see the best in situations and people, know "taking a risk" into the unknown can harvest rewards beyond the expected and pause in remembrance of the best advise you were ever given. The theme through stories, poems and one-liners is to commit to something greater than ourselves. Plus ~ all the profits from the book are being donated to the charity, Scholarship America, which is a nonprofit organization supporting students getting into college and graduating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it as a wonderful read to slowly work through when you have a quick few minutes story by story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Katie's memoirs but the rest were hit-or-miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so... i like this girl in middle school and she winked at me all i did was look away what does it mean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Text me back and put your headline as elizabeth if you have any advice for me im a 13 yr old girl who has problems and needs help with my boyfriend and my used-to-be best friend cuz my utb best friend keeps telling me my boyfriend will break my heart again and now she and another girl are mad bc im giving my boyfriend another chance which i should because this is the first chance i gave him and its the only chance im giving him and if he screws up this time then hes out of luck!!!!! And i was talking to my utb best friend today and i told her i know shes mad for a reason which is bc she likes my boyfriend and now im bacck with him and told her that the other girl hope dont need to be mad at me just bc im with someone i truelly love and he likes me too and then she told me her boyfriend which is my ex she said he was going to ask me out the day he asked her out which was the same day i got with my boyfroend last time lol which i would have said yes to my ex bc i used to be upsessed with him so if you have any advice for me then just text me back and put ur haedline as elizabeth
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I dunno if this counts as love life (sorry if it doesn't!) but what is nook sex?
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This is a great book! It is great for those who already have a career and those embarking upon a new chapter in life. It's even great encouragement for young people needing some inspiration. I have bought it for gifts and like going back to read letters in the book addressing particular topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from cover to cover!!!!
LittlePig More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the entries very much! Most were thoughtful, heartfelt advice. Loved Katie's bridges. Reading her entries was just like listening to her talk.
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Pink_Petals More than 1 year ago
LOVE it!!! Wonder WHY is that everyone that has something negative to say always hide behind "anonymous"...if your feelings or comments were TRUE you wouldn't have a problem with identifying yourself. Great book Katie! Keep up the great work :o)
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