Katie Couric is not only a nationally renowned journalist – she’s also the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. She generously donated the proceeds from her 2011 book to Scholarship America to establish the Dream Award, a unique renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and successfully started their college education.
The Best Advice I Ever Got is a compilation of sage advice and life-changing anecdotes from nearly 100 well-known leaders in business, entertainment and politics. As we start 2017, here are ten of my favorite excerpts to keep in mind over the next twelve months:
- "Someone once told me not to be afraid of being afraid, because, as she said, 'Anxiety is a glimpse of your own daring.'" – Maria Shriver
- "I think eighty percent of success is showing up … early." – Michael Bloomberg
- "Learn how to listen. You don’t learn anything when you’re talking. Think about it." – Larry King
- "Say yes. Accept the job, agree to that meeting, catch up over a cup of coffee, lend a helping hand. You never know what the future will bring, so always make the best use of the present." – Ryan Seacrest
- "If I’ve learned one life-serving lesson, it is that dogged determination pays off. The surest way to lose at any endeavor is to quit. You quit, you fail." – Morgan Freeman
- "Go find your passion and embrace it. ... This is your life – your one shot." – Dr. Phil McGraw
- "…whatever you plan to do in life, don’t just listen to your head. Listen to your heart. It’s the best career counselor there is. Do what you really love to do, and if you don’t know quite what that is yet, well, keep searching...." –Thomas Friedman
- "It doesn’t matter where you start in life but where you finish, and along the way, whether you do something that you love and enjoy doing. Never settle for anything less...." – Colin Powell
- "Get over yourself. You are who you really are. You are not the title that is attached to your name." – Ellen Levine
- "We live in a world that has a lot of predefined notions of success … Social expectations can be good … but they also risk becoming a straightjacket that stifles creativity … if you go only linear in life, you might suffer that worst of all fates: being boring, and never knowing what might have been possible if you’d taken a risk." – John Wood
This is only a sampling of the inspiring insights from leaders and visionaries in Katie’s book. Read it. Share your favorites too. Happy New Year!
Pam Carlson is Scholarship America's Communications Director.