What if you could, with a little effort, live an extraordinary life? A life in which you feel deep passion for everything you do and always have time for what matters most? A life in which you have the power, the daring, and the will to make your boldest dreams come true, all while you happily leave feelings of inadequacy or guilt behind?
Yes, it is possible to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. The secret? Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit inside you - the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason and to step up to creating your own definition of happiness and success - a version of success in which work and family life happily coexist - instead of chasing a cookie-cutter version.
Here, Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, shows how the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs are ones each one of us can develop - and use not only to create companies but also to create extraordinary lives. Whether we work corporate jobs, run families, or run our own businesses, Herrin offers realistic, attainable steps each one of us can take to achieve extraordinary success on our own terms. Through candid and inspiring lessons from her life as a successful CEO and working mother of two as well as stories of many amazing individuals she's met along the way, Herrin inspires and empowers us to dial up the sound of our own voices and make our authentic dreams into reality.
This book isn't about having it all; it's about having what matters most to you. It is about how to find your extraordinary - your extraordinary career, your extraordinary happiness, your extraordinary life.
©2016 Jessica Dilullo Herrin (P)2016 Random House Audio
I almost stopped listening midway through the book, as I got tired of listening to all of her Stella and Dot success stories. I understand that she was attempting to share inspirational stories, but after hearing multiple "success" stories it began to feel more like an annoying late night infomercial on repeat. We get it, those ladies succeeded because they were desperate to support their families. Another thing that bothered me was the way she spoke at times, like she was just reading off "inspirational" quotes. It felt cold and disconnected from the rest of the stories she shared. Overall, I didn't get what I was expecting when I originally bought the book. Sidenote: I looked up Stella and Dot reviews on Glassdoor as I became intrigued in the idea of becoming a sales lady, only to find that there were a lot of negative reviews from past sales people. I was disappointed to say the least.
As a stylist with Stella & Dot, ive had the chance to see Jessica speak on numerous occasions. Listening to the stories and anecodtes along with the guided advoce on how to pursue greatness was wonderful! This is a great book for entrepreneurs, students and anyone starting something new or looking to start something new!
I want to start the book again immediately after finishing- it was that good! So many golden nuggets, important take aways, and interesting stories. The author has a "girlfriend" relate ability, friendly, smiling voice, but is also a kick ass voice of reason and encouragement. I've been recommending to everyone I know, this book is a gem.
Jessica has an almost annoyingly positive vibe, but she doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk. I have never seen someone who is such a hard worker who has also had such a positive and direct approach. To replicate it. While this book is very targeted towards women, as a man, I still found it hugely inspirational.
Jessica Herrin is an extraordinary woman with extraordinary accomplishments. Her book, however, is anything but extraordinary.
The "extraordinary advice" that you'll find in Jessica's book contains no amazing revelations. I was hoping to learn more specific details about her "mother issues" and the early challenges that she experienced while starting up her two companies. Knowing these specific facts (instead of just being provided with generalities) would have helped readers better understand how she was able to successfully catapult her personal and professional life to the next level.
No I would not recommend this book to friends or family. Instead, I would suggest listening to Jessica's podcast interview with Ali Brown. Everything in that you'll hear in that one hour podcast you'll hear in the book -- and you'll save yourself some time.
Jessica is a very busy person and I liked the fact that Jessica took the time to narrate the book.
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