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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives [Paperback]

Katie Couric
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Book Description

17 April 2012
In this inspiring book, Katie Couric distills the ingenious, hard-won insights of such leaders and visionaries as Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Michael J. Fox, and Ken Burns, who offer advice about life, success, and happiness—how to take chances, follow one’s passions, overcome adversity and inertia, commit to something greater than ourselves, and more. Along the way, Katie Couric reflects on her own life, and on the shared wisdom, and occasional missteps, that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking work as a broadcast journalist. Moving and empowering, The Best Advice I Ever Got is for all of us, young or old, who want to hear from some of today’s best and brightest about how they got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top—so we can too.

Product details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reprint edition (17 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812982584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982589
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Life lessons for holiday reading 25 Aug 2013
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I'm not a big Katie Couric fan, but I must admit that she had a great idea when she decided to compile these life lessons shared by such a wide range of well-known people. An ideal book for intermittent holiday reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 19 July 2013
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Useful book. Enjoyed reading it. Some good advice from various Celebs. But nothing lasting or life changing. Buy it as I said useful
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4.0 out of 5 stars The title of the book says it all 11 Jun 2012
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this book is full of anecdotes from people of varying nationalities and backgrounds who have achieved in some way or other and as the title implies their advice on life is not only helpful but at times inspirational. The transaction was faultless and simple thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to be sucessful? Learn how to live with your failures! 20 April 2011
By Georgia Howorth-Fair - Published on
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I am listening to the Audible version of this book, and I have to say that I absolutely love it. I have been a psychotherapist for 30 years, and in each story I hear the authors doing exactly what I encourage each of my clients to do - make lemonade out of lemons. Sometimes we have to hear the same message over and over until we get it - how many times did the hygienist tell me to floss my teeth before her vacation replacement told me flossing was like brushing in between your teeth! Duh! How many of the well-known people of our times face their failures and, instead of quitting, decided to keep on going? It is inspirational, and important to share with as many people as possible, not just young people who are graduating from college, which was the original idea for the book. Thanks Katie and all of the people who contributed their experiences. We each have an incredible story, and it always helps to hear how others made their story amazing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars you have to be obsessed with celebrity 12 April 2011
By Mindful Mary - Published on
I pre ordered this book and received it on Monday. It's "cute". But the advice is shallow. A lot of platitudes with very little true informational advice. If you are a fan of pop culture I recommend it, but if you are seeking real life advice I would pass.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like essays from high school students 14 April 2011
By D. Crowe - Published on
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This book was very disappointing. Though I appreciated Katie Couric's introduction to the book and her introduction to each chapter, they are, unfortunately, the only parts of the book worth reading. The 114 essays from celebrities were very cliched and poorly written; reading "if you work hard and do your best, you can do amazing things!" over and over and over again just got tedious. I would be willing to bet that most high school students could write more interesting advice essays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a a Read 21 May 2011
By Jacqueline - Published on
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Very nicely done and well worth reading...I am 77 and still learning...makes you stop and think what YOU might have written if Katie had asked you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power of Positive Thinking! 19 April 2011
By ArmyWife - Published on
I respectfully disagree with the two reviews prior to mine. I received this book two days ago and cannot put it down. What an amazingly simple idea....that WORKS! I love that Katie has taken the stories of truly successful people and put them all in one place. Sure, it is repetitively POSITIVE but who couldn't use a dose of that? I loved reading about so many "successful" people and the things they had to overcome to get to the top. I found myself reaching for my highlighter many times over. My favorite quote - right off the bat - was when Katie asks how do you recalculate your route when your internal GPS is broken? So true! Thanks for so much inspiration in one place. Well done Katie!
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