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Getting There: A Book of Mentors

Getting There: A Book of Mentors
Your Price: $32.95 CDN
Author: Gillian Zoe Segal
Publisher: Abrams Image
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 208
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 1419715704
ISBN-13: 9781419715709

About the Book:

The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There, thirty highly successful people in diverse fields talk frankly about the experiences that led to their choice of vocation, the lessons that they learned along their way, and share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top.

In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models – including Warren Buffett, Anderson Cooper, Wendy Kopp, J. Craig Venter, Helene Gayle, and Michael Bloomberg – describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned.

Matthew Weiner shopped his TV show around Hollywood, but it was rejected all over town. Mad Men finally made it to the screen seven years after it was written.

Les Moonves, the President and CEO of CBS, originally pursued acting, but eventually realized he would be happier on the other side of the camera.

Jillian Michaels, who runs a health and wellness empire, dedicated herself to that field after being fired as a talent agent.

• Author Jeff Kinney spent eight years writing his first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book only to have it rejected by multiple publishers. His publisher finally gave him a chance and there are now over 115 million Wimpy Kid books in print (not to mention the movies).

Matthew Weiner shopped his TV show around Hollywood, but it was rejected all over town. Mad Men finally made it to the screen seven years after it was written.

They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. The common threads that tie together their stories are that passion trumps ambition; that adversity is a valuable teacher; that an awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses is crucial to achieving success; and that personal happiness is closely tied to a satisfying working life. Getting There is for everyone — from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.

What people say:

"Thought-provoking advice from some of the world's best-known success stories." — Publishers Weekly

"Unlike most such books, the tales in Getting There ring authentic — so they're actually useful." — Fast Company

"For life-changing, real-world advice." — Vanity Fair

About the Author:

Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors and New York Characters. Born in Montreal, she has resided in the US since she was 9 years old. She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law. She lives in Manhattan and is also a freelance photographer.