This book is based on a speech given at a graduation ceremony and the points are very valid. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even 20 some years after graduation, hope to incorporate some of Maria's points in my life. Definitely a chick book but one that can be taken to heart.
Has the feel of one of those retro "women's advice" books from the 50s & 60s. Some interesting anecdotes from Maria Shriver's life as a privileged Kennedy kid starting out working in television, but kind of feels like it was from a different age & written for a different mentality than today's know-everything instantly, share-it-with-everyone 20-somethings.
You could call them notes from life's trenches. Maria Shriver's Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Before I Went Out into the Real World gives us her reflections, confessions, advice, memories, and, most of all, hard-earned lessons...all the things we wish we knew before we started out, and that few people ever honestly discuss.
Here is the truth about: 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 (especially!) our own parents; and the importance of taking what we do seriously without taking ourselves seriously.
Expanded from Maria's acclaimed College of the Holy Cross commencement address and written in the voice of a trusted and trusting best friend, Ten Things I Wish I'd Known: Before I Went Out into the Real World is a pithy, poignant, down-to-earth, and at times laugh-out-loud book that will help people of all ages and on all roads in life.
It's within you to carve out your own future, create your own destiny.
I wrote this book so that you might be spared. Not from having to learn the lessons I had to learn. No one can spare you that, because learning is experiential, and you have to do it yourself. As a wise person once told me: If I could spare you the pain you're experiencing, I wouldn't--because I wouldn't want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you'll gain from having gone through it and come out the other side.
Each and every one of you is a powerful, resilient human being capable of living the life you design for yourself. I wish all of you the faith and the courage to pinpoint your passion.