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Humility, Passion & Wisdom for Less Than 5 Lattes

September 11, 2009
Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World

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

Whether you’re just getting started or setting off on a second or third career (as is the case for so many of us these days), the drive for success in the workplace and the courage one requires to achieve it is universal — disability or not.

Which is why for less than $14 (at most places) Maria Shriver’s new book gets my thumbs up; a real-life, down-to-earth compendium of million-dollar advice — the woman is an icon — for about a week’s worth of Starbucks (or if your library addict like me, free!). 

My Top 3 (of her Top Ten):

1. No Job is Beneath You
There’s nothing like starting at the bottom teach you humility. Besides, how else would you know what you don’t like? It can only bring you that much closer to your passion.

2. Know Your Passion
Two-fold meaning here. “Know” as in get the facts, get educated; research the field you love. Also “know” as in trust your instincts; trust that you “know” best, i.e.: “go with your gut.” 

3. Failure = Opportunity/Wisdom
Simply put, you lose, you learn. And God willing, you laugh (Shriver devotes a whole chapter to the power of a good guffaw). Hear hear!

Happy reading,

Cindy

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