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Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong Paperback – April 29, 2014
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The book itself is a collection of essays by 25 really successful women. Part 1 is about telling your own story, Part 2 is about asking, Part 3 is about saying no, and Part 4 is about resilience. I loved part 3 and 4 the best. Part 1 was less relevant to me, but I see its value for those who are beginning their careers. Even so, every section of the book had some real gems by luminously amazing women like Cheryl Strayed, Danielle Ofri, Luma Mufleh, and my three personal absolute favorites (people I want to meet and have a long drink with and pick their brains forever): Carla Harris, Rinku Sen, and Shirley Malcom.
If you've ever stepped on someone's toes, brokered a terrible deal, beleagueredly said yes when you really meant no, doubted yourself or career/educational choices, or did something that makes you want to hide under a rock for the rest of your career- then this is a book for you.
I used to be a paralegal for a decade until one day I realized I hated it and I stopped. Thankfully, I had a lot of support from my guy and that made things easier. Now I am a writer and a visual artist. I am a lot happier doing something I love and not having to be fake all the time. In my previous career I had to be someone else and had to be overly careful about what I said. For some of us hiding who we are is a form of emotional torture. I'm just glad I got out when I could.
For me, this book is more about women sharing their low level mistakes to let other women know that they are not alone when they make mistakes at work. I would be very interested to read the personal stories of women who messed up big at work and were demoted, fired, etc., and how they managed to recover and thrive in their profession. I understand that many of these women may be bound to confidentiality agreements and/or are unwilling to share the heavy stories that may harm their career, but I still want to know so that I may avoid these issues.
This book does a fantastic job unpacking why it’s so easy to say, “we all learn from our mistakes,” but it’s so hard to do. There are gems throughout this book, but the chapters that spoke most to me were by Cheryl Strayed (if you’re a writer, you need to read Strayed’s thoughts on how writing involves “failing every day”), Danielle Ofri (who shows how stultifying it can be when you’re new in your role and all eyes are on you) and Alina Tugend (if you’ve ever been underpaid for a job, her experience will ring true).
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With every chapter of this book I thought of another 3 or 4 friends that HAD to read it. A hugely valuable resource for working women, whether starting your career (and looking for... Read morePublished 11 days ago by KatieMae
One of the best books about story telling and giving authentic advice. It's a huge source of inspiration and inner peace.
I liked it! The anecdotes were fun and interesting, and the little advice sections at the end were uplifting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura L. Light
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are many lessons to be learned from mistakes!Published 2 months ago by Knespoli
There is no theme or takeaway in this book..just a series of stories of successful people (but I've never heard of them). I wouldn't recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Kat
So refreshing to learn about the mistakes too, we hear too offen success stories without hearing about all the mistakes that came before and the huge learning process that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Multiple contributors provide experience based insights into challenges they faced early in their careers. Their insight is valuable no matter where you are in your career.Published 5 months ago by Two Readers