- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business (February 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767923146
- ISBN-13: 978-0767923149
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams Paperback – February 12, 2008
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Praise for Debra Condren and for Ambition is Not a Dirty Word:
Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word is a Recommended Book on OprahSelects.com. (Originally published in hard cover under the title, amBITCHous: Let’s Reclaim Ambition As a Virtue.)
“Irreverent, ferocious, funny, and wise! Any woman who has ever felt conflicted about feeling passionate about her work should read this book cover to cover.” —Barbara Corcoran, real estate magnate, national bestselling author, regular contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America and The View
"A defiant charge to women to 'reclaim ambition as a virtue'… 'Wouldn't it be inspiring if you could acknowledge straight up, to yourself and to others, that you have big, wild and precious professional goals?' Condren's corrective manifesto urges women to pry apart the bars of 'common self-imposed traps' which cause ambitious women to 'sell themselves short'… " – The New York Times
“This is a book that every woman in her twenties, intent on climbing the ladder, must read. It’s your golden ticket (literally) to setting a precedent of success in the early years of your career.” –Hannah Seligson, author of New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches
“Debra Condren’s book is something I wish I had twenty years ago. Having learned from my mistakes, being a person who self-sabotaged for many years, afraid of the A-word, life as a mother, a filmmaker, and an actor has made me come to terms with the word ambition. It’s okay and I’m proud of who I am today. Read this book so you can avoid the long road of self-sabotage and embrace ambition as a powerful virtue.” –Rosanna Arquette, actress
“This is an inspiring, empowering, and practical book. Give it to your friends, sisters, and aughters.” —Tanya Styblo Beder, CEO of Citigroup Alternative Investments' multistrategy, proprietary hedge fund, Tribeca Global Management LLC
“Women don’t have to make a choice of ‘ambitious vs. happy—pick one only.’ …Debra Condren explains how women can break free from self-sabotaging behavior, and also be 100% ambitious with zero percent bitch factor.”—Karen Salmansohn, Best Selling Author, Ballsy: 99 Tips to Score Extreme Business Success
“Dr. Debra Condren is a dedicated advocate for empowering women to break traditional boundaries and achieve personal and professional success.” —Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator
“Positive in tone, loaded with strategies and solutions, this engaging book charts a compelling, clear, and accessible course for getting comfortable with passion for your work and transforming inner obstacles into success and power.”
—Elizabeth Roberts, first vice president of Wealth Management, Smith Barney
“Dr. Debra Condren has been a guiding light to many women business owners and young women in realizing their potential.” —Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
About the Author
Debra Condren, Ph.D., is a business psychologist, entrepreneur, executive coach and career advisor, and the founder and executive director of the Women’s Business Alliance, an organization that has served as a motivational think tank for 3,000 women over fifteen years. Dr. Condren received a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2000. Her client roster includes a diverse list of Fortune 500 companies, and a wide array executives, professionals, and students between the ages of sixteen and sixty. Debra’s advice has been featured in major media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, ABC’s “Nightline,” and NPR’s Morning Edition. She lives in New York City and San Francisco with her husband, son, and stepson. To receive Debra’s complimentary CD, “Unleash Your Ambition: You CAN Be Unapologetically Ambitious WITHOUT Sacrificing A Rich, Fulfilling Personal Life” plus her weekly ezine, “Break It Down, Debra! Updates On Ambition & Life,” go to: www.AmbitionIsNotADirtyWord.com.
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Author Condren attempts to teach women skills to bridge that considerable gap. Not since Hardball for Women has someone tried to instruct women how to play the game to win.
The advice covers quite a range, from avoiding self-sabotaging female behavior (submissive, apologetic false modesty) to blowing your own horn, deactivating detractors and saboteurs, acquiring allies, getting coaching and negotiation skills. Landing a job with the right pay can have cascading consequences downstream to the rest of your career, so this is advice you really can't afford to ignore.
I'd say "RECOMMENDED" but I think the right word here is "ESSENTIAL."
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Furthermore, Debra's voice helped me at a very difficult time - when my father passed away. When I couldn't function, her words gave me permission to return to the world of the living and continue to pursue my dreams. I was able to embrace my ambition even while grieving and when nothing else made sense I was able to concentrate on things that I could control and feel good about.......building my business. AMBITION IS NOT A DIRTY WORD. Ambition helped me out of the abyss. For this I will be eternally grateful.
ambitious women are destined to live unhappy lives, repel mates, mess up their children,
and end up being knocked to their knees for dreaming big. She inspires women to see that
we can be as ambitious as we really long to be, without being afraid that it will make
us less of a woman, without guilt, and without compromising our ethics or integrity.
If you feel stuck in a holding pattern, here is a smart, fresh, hands-on guide to changing
your thinking and rediscovering your forward momentum. Debra reminds us that
"the world deserves to hear from us." That's a powerful and empowering message.
Spread the word! Give this book to your friends, sisters, daughters and any woman
you care about to encourage them to reclaim their ambition as a virtue and make the
contribution they were born to make.
Sarah Hathorn, AICI CIP, CPBS
CEO of Illustra Consulting
Creator of the Predictable Promotion System
This is a must read for any woman struggling with trying to create balance between their work life and their personal life. I have learned that if I don't strive to fulfill my professional goals... that I will never be fulfilled in the other areas of my life. This may not be the path for all women, but it is without a doubt my path.
I wear my ambition with pride, and this book will not sit on a shelf. It will be read again, highlighted, the pages will be dog-eared and it will be shared with many. Thank you!
Debra's book was a lifesaver. I read the book three times in a span of two weeks - the pages were thumbed, I had underlined important passages, and scribbled all over the book. This book reinforced my confidence and influenced me so much that I excerpted parts of this book to write a mini speech, memorized it, and then talked with my boss' boss about my fears and concerns regarding the said project and outlined the steps needed to 'fix the problem'. The result: I was relieved of my stressful position and promoted to a more expansive role in the organization because of my ability to perceive problems and formulate 'fixes'. Furthermore, I got full corporate support to effect changes on not one but twelve projects! What can I say, the book is a 'must have' for all women.
After moving back to the US, I contacted Debra. We email and talk to each other often. Every time I thank her for such a profound book. She is a good friend and perhaps some day I may even work with her to help other women.