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Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Out into the Real World by Maria Shriver

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

by Maria Shriver

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Unabridged Edition
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3 Hrs.
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Imagine postponing an interview with Fidel Castro to take your daughter to her first day of kindergarten? That's exactly what Maria Shriver did. As a woman who has mastered the balancing act between career and parenting, she shares the lessons she has learned along the way in this audio program. With the tone of a trusting and trusted friend, Shriver boldly touches on such subjects as: 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 our own parents; and the importance of taking what we do seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Out into the Real World was expanded from Shriver's acclaimed College of the Holy Cross commencement address.

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Reviewer Donald
 February 17, 2006
This Text Refers to the Hard Cover Edition:

Young people desperately want to carve their own niche and acquire competence in the 20s. In the course of doing that, they can fall into stalled thinking about living up to others' expectations and achieving perfection. This modest book is a good antidote to those misconceptions. The advice encourages humility and realism. Because Maria Shriver is a celebrity who works in television, this message will get through to even the most starstruck.

The weakness of the book is that she tells her own story, but doesn't use anyone else as an example. So it's really a slim biography of Maria Shriver from the end of college to now.

She is not one of my favorite people on television, but she comes across as well-meaning in this book. Even if you don't think you like her, take a look at the book. You can tell after a chapter or two if this is for you or not.

Of her advice lists, I thought that 'pinpoint your passion' and 'be willing to fail' were the most pertinent to young people today who are just graduating.

The reason these are important is that your passion will get you through the ups and downs in your chosen direction. Failures are your best learning experiences.

Naturally, if someone you know wants a career in television, this book also contains some useful information about what the process is like. It's more hard work than many would imagine!

Donald Mitchell

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  • Published: 2000
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T001567
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