• Winging It

  • By: Emma Isaacs
  • Narrated by: Emma Isaacs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Winging It

By: Emma Isaacs
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Publisher's Summary

I'm about to welcome you into my world. Show you what works for me and share openly what hasn't. I hope that what you find in the pages of this book inspires you to dream up new ways to be kind to people and to think about how the game you're currently playing might be worthy of a bigger court. I hope it stretches your thinking about what's possible and shows you that when you take giant leaps of faith, the only challenging thing will be some temporary discomfort. Are you ready to wing it?

CEO and entrepreneur Emma Isaacs forgot to draw up her life plan, and she doesn't have a list of five-year goals. She doesn't believe in work/life balance - after all she has five children and heads up Business Chicks, Australia's largest community for women. 

Like Sheryl Sandberg, who told us to 'lean in' to find success, Emma wants to show us that you can't plan every detail and wait for the confidence to kick in before you begin; instead, take action now, do what feels right and figure the rest out as you go along. In other words, you've got to learn how to 'wing it' rather than wait. 

Drawing on her own life and the stories of the many men and women she has met and interviewed - from Sir Richard Branson to Bill Gates to Girlboss Sophia Amoruso - Emma tells us how to:

  • Turn a dream into a job
  • Turn a job into a business
  • Network like a champion
  • Protect your time for the things that matter
  • Get fired up, not ground down, by the kids/career juggle
  • Understand that sometimes failure is part of the brief

Emma shows us that often the only thing holding us back is ourselves, that you can follow your dreams and that there's no reason not to start doing so right now.

©2018 Emma Isaacs (P)2018 Macmillan Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"Emma Isaacs is a true force of nature and a role model all women can learn from." (Diane von Furstenberg)

"Emma's energy and enthusiasm for business shine brightly." (Sir Richard Branson)

"Winging It will show you how to map out what's important to you, stay focused on achieving your goals and thrive." (Arianna Huffington) 

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Good content but the narration kills it

This book was filled with gems but I'm afraid the author's narration fell really flat. Her tone was very monotonous and didn't bring any life or enthusiasm to the words. As a result, I found myself constantly tuning out. Think this one might be better read as a physical book, rather than via audio

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An outstanding read/listen

Loved the real world insights and the speed of the book. I took copious notes. Have shared the book with my loved ones and will listen to it again.

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  • Loveaudible
  • 10-08-19

A business goddess

I praise you Emma! Power to the sisterhood - this book was everything I needed to hear. Loved every minute - thank you for your inspiring honesty x

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  • Rosie Olunloyo
  • 02-02-19

Inspire a Business woman to stay on her horse

Excellent Inspiring and Insightful truths - great read (audio!) and have recommended to my biz lady-friends who like me, need that boost and encouragement ‘you’re doing ok and here are a few nuggets (actually many!) that will serve you well into the next adventure’
Uganda welcomes you anytime Emma :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-19

Minimally useful and yawn worthy. Thank goodness for refunds

Sounds like a lot of humble bragging.

For something useful try:

- James Clear, Atomic Habits
- 7 Habits of highly effective people
- the lean start up
- Thich Nhat Hahn, how to love

For great writing see: A A Gill, the best of A A GIll

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  • Michelle S.
  • 04-14-22

Not for me, figuring out how to return it

I’m so n my 50’s, I love to plan, and I don’t have kids.
I know how to wing it when I have to, and agree there are plenty of scenarios when it’s necessary.
Some good quotes, but none I haven’t heard before.
This book sounds a bit too humble-braggy, and it sounds like she’s reading the book to you rather than taking to you, I know that’s what she’s actually doing, but if felt a bit too one dimensional to me.
Since it’s such a short book, and I’m feeling this way 3 chapters in, I don’t see the point in finishing it so will hope to swap it for something better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-21

Honest heartfelt and uplifting

Thank you Emma your book is an inspiring delight made truely special by having you narrate it. So many gems to share and the tone was wonderfully positive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-21

loved it!!!

So many amazing perspectives and really well put together. Very easy to listen to and engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

Loved it!

Such a brilliant read - the perfect mix of relateability and action steps to support the reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-20

Loved it

Loved it, feel like I want the hard copy so I can make notes and highlight bits! Will definitely listen to again one day

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  • Tabitha
  • 08-28-20

Loved it!

Great read! I am a Business Chick's member and have been for many years. I really loved Emma's tranpenercey and her sense of humour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-19

Great to listen to

some wonderful advice.
Yes it might sound obvious at times, but a good timely reminder to do the things we don't

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  • Paul
  • 09-09-19

such a great book

was such a great book to listen too and to hear from a fellow Australian and parent

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  • Mon
  • 07-19-19

A must read!

I read this book when I was starting my business. As a young 20 something woman Emma's words gave me the courage and reassurance that you don't have to be perfect, or have everything polished, before starting on your goal. JUST DO IT and make it work. This book/audio book has a little something for everyone. You wont finish it without being able to implement something you learnt into your business and/or life that will no doubt be useful!