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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives | [Katie Couric]

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

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.
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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.

©2011 Katie Couric (P)2011 Random House

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    Rajkumar San Pedro Sula Cortés, Honduras 09-01-11
    Rajkumar San Pedro Sula Cortés, Honduras 09-01-11
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    A great listen....it was a joy to listen to such real life wisdom...again showing us that it is not about how perfect our lives are but just about how we rise to the occasion despite the muddle we get stuck up in.

    I recommend this book for anyone looking for retrospection and feeling a bit lost....Katie Couric's book just might point you to all those amazing people in your life who've given you advice despite you noticing it!

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-28-11
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2002
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    "some inspiring, many banal"

    Katie should have chosen the best and left out the rest. In addition, having the authors narrate their own advice would have brought it to life. Sadly, the narrators overperformed.

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 06-06-12
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 06-06-12 Member Since 2006

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    What did you love best about The Best Advice I Ever Got?

    It really was full of good advice. Some very common advice, some more spectacular or unexpected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best Advice I Ever Got?

    The story from Bill Cosby.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Patricia LAINGSBURG, MI, United States 02-06-12
    Patricia LAINGSBURG, MI, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up The Best Advice I Ever Got in three words, what would they be?

    I really got a lot out of this book. I would have bought it as written text, but I really enjoyed
    listening to it, piece by piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Each piece of advice was unique, yet all advice was divided into sections so that it made sense within the context of the book. There were also introductions for the sections by Katie Couric, which were all enchanting. I will surely listen to it more than once and definitely get my money's worth!

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