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The daughter of a lawyer and a community activist, Merlino describes herself as "chubby from the age of nine and generally known as 'outspoken' (if you liked that sort of thing) or 'bossy' (if you didn't)." Her go-getting resume includes a Fulbright Scholarship, a non-profit she started to foster women's entrepreneurship, and work on three presidential campaigns (including Bill Clinton's). In this self-help memoir, Merlino recounts those and other adventures while tracing the path to her crowning achievement, the 1993 founding of Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Looking at the idea from conception to execution, Merlino illustrates ways in which any woman can actualize her desires. Imagination and dedication are key; Merlino insists that no matter what "the system" you're up against may be-courtship, marriage, politics, law, workplace power structures-it's "more malleable than you think." Citing role models ranging from the women of Rwanda to Eddie Murphy's character in Coming to America, Merlino's extended pep-talk should inspire readers to envision and pursue their ideals: "Whatever you can imagine for yourself, you can achieve."
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NELL MERLINO created Take Our Daughters to Work Day for the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, and today, more than 71 million Americans have taken part. She is currently CEO of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, which helps women grow microbusinesses into million-dollar enterprises through its Make Mine a Million $ Business program. She lives in Manhattan.

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 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: #2,279,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nell Merlino's voice comes through loud and clear in her latest book, "Stepping out of Line - Lessons from Women Who Want it Their Way".

An easy read I read this on the flight from LA to Hawaii a few weeks ago. I loved the juicy nuggets she serves up. Here are a few:

1. Exercise the favor muscle.
2. Changing systems is easier than you think.
3. Imagine our future.
4. The ripple effect.
5. Daily choices make the difference.
6. The overall message...what are you waiting for? or better, what am I waiting for? Permission? From who?

This timely message resonated with me. Nell shares that statistically 50% of the women business owners earn less than $50k annually. Wow!

Women, including myself, have a hope, inspiration, or an idea that brings value to the marketplace. Why don't we pursue it or fully leverage the idea? Or a better question might be, why do we stall out in our pursuit? What is it we don't know? Nell is committed to connecting us to the knowlege and resources through her Make Mine a Million $ Business. [...]

I put this book down inspired and compelled to no longer settle for mediocre in my own business. I am joining the race. How about you?
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I truly enjoyed this book. I have alot of favorite lines including Nell's advice on the discipline, commitment and focus women biz owners need. I also appreciate her advice to get a lot of people to help you make it happen. Create a whirl of activity. This is where community building comes in. All too often we try to do it all ourselves. We have to hire interns, volunteers, independent contractors, and paid employees. I've been reluctant to do this because of the headaches and so have many small biz owners. I counsel small businesses at the Ga Tech Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC) for government contracting; and I am active in a number of women biz groups. All too often business owners express frustration when they are not given a contract. Often the desire to compete has is lacking. There is also a trend for women to seek to be rescued or saved. Nell Merlino advocates that women biz owners save themselves.

Clovia Hamilton, President
Lemongrass Consulting, Inc.
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I received this book after hearing Nell speak at an event. It's an easy read. I finished it on the airplane home, though I didn't do any of the practical exercises she recommends right away. I plan to do that over time, as I think it makes the book even more useful and readers may be surprised with the outcome. It's full of advice that can be used in nearly every situation. Imagination and techniques to conjure up new ideas are encouraged. I would recommend this to anyone looking to make real change in their life. She's a down to earth woman who has achieved great things. I believe after reading this that I can too.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it was inspiring from beginning to end. I've heard Nell speak several times and was privileged to participate in the Denver Make Mine a Million $ Business event. Her book gave much more detail about her accomplishments including inspirations and motivations that drove her to deliver on her ideas. I love her big visions and her ability to turn them into reality. The book was full of useful information that was delivered in an entertaining style.
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Very motivating. The narration was very articulate and easy to listen to. I enjoyed and got a lot of useful information from this book.
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