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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Sourced Media Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098410688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984106882
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy E. Goodman is a nationally recognized media maven. Her journalistic career as an editor, author, host and lifestyle expert spans magazines, news programs, and online media outlets. She’s demoed yoga, interviewed celebs, cleaned out closets, and whipped up hors d’oeuvres for national outlets like Good Morning America, The Early Show, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, CNN, Access Hollywood, ET! and VH1. A multi-faceted expert, she has appeared on NBC’s Today show over 75 times. View her complete profile at www.amyegoodman.com

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“I Haven’t Done That, Yet.”

As I lined up at the front of the stage with nine other state representatives on the final program night in Mobile, Alabama, I was incredulous of the results that would be read only minutes later. My body ached from the fitness routine that we had performed an hour earlier, my heart pounded so hard I was sure it was audible to the audience, and standing up straight in those high-heeled shoes became an increasingly difficult task. Suddenly, two finalists were announced— two of my close friends! As my mind wrapped around my joy for them, a buzzing silence filled the room. The announcement of the winner was about to come. The emcee declared, “From Idaho, Madison Leonard!” and from that moment on, my life has been changed.

The Road to Success

It seems to me that the meaning of success has changed since I was a senior in high school. If you look at page 159 of my high school yearbook, you will find a picture of me under the heading, “Most Likely to Succeed.” As I recall, in 1971 the common definition of success was having a powerful job, eventually landing “the corner office,” having a lifetime of secure earnings, and maintaining the respect and admiration of one’s peers. If one accepts that definition of success, my high school classmates who voted me to receive this title were not in error in their prediction. By all outward appearances, my life has been a successful one. I won the scholastic achievement award at the 1971 America’s Junior Miss scholarship program. With the scholarship money, I was able to afford the tuition at Stanford University, where I graduated early in 1975. I went directly to medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where I graduated in 1980. After serving a commission in the Indian Health Service, I went on to achieve board certification in Family Medicine and, subsequently, a certificate of added qualifications in Geriatrics. For the past 15 years, I have been an associate professor of Family Medicine and the director of a student health center. I have played an important role in the lives of my patients. I have enjoyed a rewarding family life and have raised two sons who are now independent young adults. I have kept myself relatively healthy through good food and regular exercise. I have nurtured my spiritual growth through introspection, exploration, study, and meditation. My retirement nest egg continues to look promising. I believe I fit the 1971definition of “success.” Yet, I don’t feel at all ready to pat myself on the back for a job well done. I choose instead to dwell on my challenges in life, continually trying to improve upon that “most likely to succeed” woman of 1971. So, then, what truly is the meaning of this elusive concept we call “success,” and why don’t I feel like I’m there, yet?


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Grimes on March 24, 2011
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Who better to share secrets for success than women who have experienced it themselves? This book is a collection of essays about success from some of the brightest and most talented women of all ages, races and walks of life. And yes, they were all participants in the America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program as high school seniors (the oldest and largest scholarship program of its type for high school senior girls)!

The essays range from tips for being successful in college to the truth about finding success in your own eyes - even when others don't necessarily view you as successful. Each essay is a couple of pages long and includes a short bio of each of the contributors. Great content and a good read!

This would make a great addition to your book collection or would be an excellent gift for a graduate or new college student. I definitely recommend getting your copy!
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Loved the essays by diverse types of women living different kinds of lives today, and having achieved different things until this point. Would recommend it as a gift from aunts and moms/grandmothers to girls, or for girls looking to make the most of things and gain perspectives about questions like:
"what is success/ what does it mean to me?"
"how can I achieve it?"
and so much more!

The women who write in this book have diverse types of values, and they are all fantastic role models. It makes for great reading for girls and can be a very positive influence!
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By Jesika on August 16, 2012
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Such amazing advice for women of all ages! Anyone who wants to improve their outlook on life, their ability to be successful, and their desire to achieve great things, needs to read this book. I was surprised and impressed with all of the wisdom. Love to pick it up again and again.
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I read this book due to my affiliation with Distinguished Young Women. I wish I could have read this when I was 18 years old! The lessons learned by the individual contributors are experiences anyone can relate to and are truly applicable at any age. I highly recommend this book to those who are embarking on their college journey and are trying to make their way in a complicated world! You will put down this book inspired and ready to tackle life's obstacles.
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By Carrie Carter on September 11, 2011
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There is so much wisdom packed into this very-readable-take-anywhere book of essays, you'll treasure this book! Think you are too busy with life, school, work & family to take on another read? Just read an essay or two & you'll find you WANT to take a few minutes a day to glean the wisdom and encouragement that comes with each essay.

A must read!!
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