- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Abrams Image (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419715704
- ISBN-13: 978-1419715709
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 689 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4.387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Successful people make it look so easy--but they never said it was. In Getting There, the highest achievers share some of their lowest moments, and there is much wisdom to be gained from those struggles. Captivating, thought-provoking, humorous, and uplifting, this book delivers straight-from-the-source accounts of what it is really like to achieve something meaningful."--David Faber, CNBC
"Kudos to Gillian Zoe Segal for assembling this remarkable group of visionaries and helping them all tell their stories without filters or false bravado. Getting There is both empowering and illuminating."--Piper Kerman, New York Times bestselling author of Orange Is the New Black
"Reading Getting There is like having an intimate, one-on-one talk with some of the world's most fascinating and accomplished people. You will be taken aback by their honesty, entertained by their anecdotes, and, most of all, learn invaluable lessons about both business and life. This book is fantastic--you will not be able to put it down!"--JJ Ramberg, MSNBC
"Getting There is a great book whether you're just starting out or well into your career. Somehow, Gillian Zoe Segal has gotten these leaders to share their stories in a unique, authentic, and revealing way. Their insights will inspire you and help clarify many of the key challenges you must face in building a successful professional life."--Robert Steven Kaplan, senior associate dean and professor, Harvard Business School
"Thought-provoking advice from some of the world's best-known success stories."--Publishers Weekly
"Unlike most such books, the tales in Getting There ring authentic--so they're actually useful."--Fast Company
"For life-changing, real-world advice."--Vanity Fair
About the Author
Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of New York Characters (2001). She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law.
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To sum up, what I take away from the book are:
1. Know your self (strengths & weaknesses);
2. Do what you find meaningful and do it better than others;
3. Keep trying and not just follow the beaten path;
4. Put yourself in the right environment and with the right people (mentor and with those who are better than you are);
5. Have perspective on what real risks are in life (failure v.s. not trying).
My top three quotes from the book are:
"..outwork everyone around you..But you're only going to be able to outwork others if you're genuinely passionate about what you are doing.." - Anderson Cooper, journalist
"If you observe something that bothers you, make your own action to fix it. There are many things that have been designed in the wrong way. Don't take existing theories for granted. Don't think that other people know more than you or that everything has been done. Your theory may be right and you can become the new expert." - Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
"It seemed like a risky thing to do because it looked very likely to fail, but the real risk was not doing it. The objective risk was wasting years of my life stuck in something that appeared attractive but that I really didn't enjoy… A lot of entrepreneurship and innovation seems perilous, but it's not. And a lot of things that seem safe and comfortable are, in fact, profoundly risky." - Jim Koch, brewer and founder of the Boston Beer Company
The subjects of Segal’s books are experts in a vast array of fields ranging from art, finance, politics, to inventors of consumer products. Each mentor candidly leads us through his or her journey, emphasizing the difficulties and failures they encountered along the way, and the epiphanies that ultimately enabled them to transcend these challenges.
The book is meaningful and powerful because you feel as if you’re having an intimate conversation with Anderson Cooper or Warren Buffet as they reveal personal, illuminating (and sometimes quite unflattering!) details about themselves and their eventual journeys to the top.
You’ve probably heard of all of the subjects in “Getting There”, but you probably haven't heard the details of their initial set-backs or the traits that enabled them to persevere and triumph. What better way to learn how to get ahead in your own life and reach high levels of excellence than from people who have done just that.
“Getting There” doesn’t hit you over the head with research or psychological studies. Instead, it offers captivating personal narratives that illuminate the key roles of resilience, hard work and determination as ingredients to success.
I loved “Getting There” and didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend it to all of my patients in my NYC-based psychotherapy practice as a useful tool to help them channel their disappointments, losses and challenges in ways that will propel them closer to their goals.
I also believe the stories and lessons in this book would be relevant to a very wide audience-- educators, mental health professionals, students, or anyone starting out on a new career, venture, or path in life. “Getting There” is an entertaining and engaging non-fiction book filled with pearls of wisdom and inspiration for just about anyone!