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Live From Mongolia: From Wall Street Banker to Mongolian News Anchor
     

Live From Mongolia: From Wall Street Banker to Mongolian News Anchor

by Patricia Sexton
 

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In 2006, author Patricia Sexton set out on a journey most of us have only fantasized about. She quit her job to pursue her dream. Thirty years old and a rising star at a Wall Street investment bank, Patricia wanted nothing more than to work as a foreign correspondent. So, that's just what she did, moving to Mongolia after landing an internship at the country's

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In 2006, author Patricia Sexton set out on a journey most of us have only fantasized about. She quit her job to pursue her dream. Thirty years old and a rising star at a Wall Street investment bank, Patricia wanted nothing more than to work as a foreign correspondent. So, that's just what she did, moving to Mongolia after landing an internship at the country's national TV station. Live from Mongolia follows Patricia's unlikely journey from Wall Street to Ulan Bator. Not only does Patricia manage to get promoted to anchor of the Mongolian news, she also meets some unusual people following unusual dreams of their own. There's the Mongolian hip-hop star who worked in London restaurants to make his dream come true or the French corporate exec now tracking endangered horses in the steppe. All this whilePatricia is living with Mongolian Mormons, camping with nomads in the Gobi desert, and even crashing Genghis Khan's 800th anniversary party. But of course Patricia has her fair share of stumbles, including a brief return to Wall Street--even after meeting with the president of CNN. Live from Mongolia is the story of this ongoing journey--from a corporate career to a dream job Patricia hadn't even imagined she would land.

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Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
In 2006, after having established herself in the ranks of Wall Street and feeling less than satisfied, Sexton quit her job and travelled to Mongolia for a summer internship with the English arm of Mongolia National Broadcaster. Her memoir recounts in straightforward, accessible prose her advancement from proofreading scripts to the position of news anchor, and her experiences along the way: attending an international music festival, witnessing in Khustain National Park the world's only truly wild breed of horse, and reporting on Naadam, the country's celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Mongol Republic. She also encountered others following their passions: a Mongolian hip-hop artist, an Irish couple who cycled from Ireland to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital, and a German expatriate brewmaster. The story itself is enlightening—a true testament to the possibilities when one leaves behind "the safety of the known." And although the episodic chapters can feel cursory and the book's attempts to inspire its readers often rely on familiar language—as when Sexton observes that "the things you own begin to own you"—the book, at its best, is light, humorous, and relentlessly hopeful. Agent: Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary Agency. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
If you've been searching for a book on how trading currency can lead to a career in TV in Ulaanbaatar, then your search is over. Patricia Sexton has taken it to the next level with...a brilliant, inspiring read. Not many of us have the chutzpah. I'm impressed. — Andrew Mulligan, Host, The Crowd Goes Wild

A fascinating account of one woman's struggle to overcome a lifetime's achievement, plunge back through the glass ceiling and climb steadily down the ladder of success. From NY investment banker to Mongolian TV newsreader (WTF?), Patricia Sexton's journey is reminiscent of Bud Fox's meteoric rise in 'Wall Street'...only the other way round — David Fingret, a partner at Direct FX, a foreign exchange brokerage in Sydney, Australia

Leaving a good job on Wall Street for the unknown in Mongolia?! I've never heard of a more ill-conceived plan. But although author Patricia Sexton achieved what she set out to do—change her life—hers is a journey that is by no means finished — Rick Kaplan, former executive producer CBS Evening News

If you've ever wondered what would happen if you followed your wildest dreams, look no further than this book. I thought that leaving a brand management job at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati and moving to do standup in LA was a leap until I learned of Patricia Sexton's story. This is an unbelievable account of a Wall Street woman leaving behind the big bucks to embark on a new career - even as she managed to survive ingesting things like fermented mare's milk and roof-dried yak cheese. Luckily for the reader, this book is far easier to digest. Patricia grabbed me from page 1 with her inspiring - and hilarious - tale. Her book is now officially hilarious. I'm a comedian, after all. — Rajiv Satyal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825306570
Publisher:
Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

After nearly a decade in banking, Patricia Sexton decided to pursue her life's dream to work in television as a foreign correspondent. She moved to Mongolia and anchored the English News. Patricia is the host of Sinovision's WE Talk, a talk show profiling people who pursue their passion. She has worked for CBS News, Britain's International Life, and she writes LIVE from Mongolia!, a weekly blog about people who follow their dreams. Along with her Director, she founded Morpheus Pictures, a production company dedicated to telling stories of people living passionate lives in the most far-flung places in the world. Patricia lives with her husband and daughter - commuting from their new home in New Zealand to her old home in New York City.

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