I just finished reading:
I have to confess that there were some sections I skipped.
There were chapters totally devoted to drinking alcohol, *proper* use of profanity and other things I’ve chosen not to include in my life.
I know we are weird, but in our house, we don’t even use the phrase “that sucks.”
I laughed so hard while reading the rest of the chapters I almost wet my pants.
I don’t know any famous people, and I’m happily disengaged with the corporate world.
But, I found some nuggets of truth that a person like me can apply to her cherished, but somewhat tiny world:
- It’s okay to feel like an outsider. (I don’t remember why. I’ll have to re-read and re-laugh that chapter.)
- Smile. It’s attractive. It’s powerful– for you and the person you’re smiling at.
- Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something. Ask questions.
- Don’t be late. Do what it takes to value an appointment enough to be on time for it.
- Mistakes aren’t failure. Mistakes are an expected part of life, jobs and new ventures. Make mistakes early and learn from them.
- Err on the side of brevity when writing e-mails and reporting progress to others. Assumed for professional applications, this is equally valuable in the home. Long, meandering explanations thwart meaning. I see the glazed look in my loved ones’ eyes when I travel down verbal paths.
- A toast is a valued ritual and should be delivered sans notes. Sentiment is the key; don’t try to make people laugh. I’ve never given a toast, but I can think of times when I should have. Now, I will be ready.
- Sprezzatura! I like this concept and may write a blog post on this one alone…
Have you read a book recently that you loved and laughed over?