A Book That Inspires...

... you to conquer the world, one day at a time.

Just last night I finished reading Katie Couric's incredibly inspiring book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, and I knew that I had to tell everyone I could about it. What's so great about this book, you ask. Think about your college or your high school graduation or any sort of pep talk you've ever had in your life. Now imagine two hundred and fifty-four pages of similar inspiring sentiments all at your fingertips and you've got Katie Couric's book. Honestly though any speech could have been more inspiring than my college graduation speech from the first lady of Virginia who basically said, don't get depressed about the economy, it'll get better. Not that I hadn't been hearing that all year long as the economy slowly took a nose dive into a recession, but I digress.

I believe good words at the right time can turn your life around. I collect inspiring words to remind me every day that I can do more, be more and have the life I have always imagined. Katie Couric was able to use her connections to some of the most powerful and inspiring people in America and the world and asked them to write essays giving advice to the reader. Many of them were college graduation speeches the writer had given or simply notes about a moment in their life that changed them. Couric broke them into sections such as "pluck and perseverance" and "commitment and contribution." From Lisa Ling to Melinda Gates to Colin Powell and many others, their words on life are funny, sad and intriguing portraits of how they became the person they are today.

I think this book is so inspiring because of how genuine the writers are about their experiences and the advice they are giving. As long as you are reading consciously, you cannot help but absorb and internalize the advice. The book makes it feel like you're sitting down with some of the most influential people around the world and they are telling you their greatest secrets. Why wouldn't you read a book like that? So if you've got a moment, head down to the bookstore or the library and grab a copy of The Best Advice I Ever Got.

"Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and, yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of directions instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world. So carry your courage in an easily accessible place, the way you do your cellphone or your wallet. You may still falter or fail, but you will always know that you pushed hard and aimed high. Take a leap of faith. Fear not. Courage is the ultimate career move." - Anna Quindlen

"Whenever I start to blame God for what I encounter in the world, I stop and remind myself that maybe it is I who should be doing more. We get so hung up on the notion of success that we can easily forget about being of service to others. I have actually found that giving of oneself is far more fulfilling than gifting oneself." - Lisa Ling

"So whatever you plan to do with your life, don't just listen to your head. Listen to your heart. It's the best career counselor there is. Do what you really love to do, and if you don't know quite what that is yet, well, keep searching, because once you find it you'll bring something extra to your work that will help ensure that you will not be automated or outsourced. It will make you untouchable." - Thomas Friedman