Year of Yes – Book Review

I’ve got a little different book review for you this time. It’s not so much about business development, marketing, or Customer Experience. It’s a personal story of a successful woman’s seemly simply change and how, in one year, it transformed her personal life and business in extraordinarily profound ways.  It’s inspirational.

So, how did I come across the book when I traditionally geek out on business books?

Good old Social Media.

You know those posts. Your incredibly intelligent girlfriend reposts a book list (Alicia). This post was a top five reading list from someone she finds remarkable and noteworthy. Well, of course, I felt compelled to check these books out. Challenge accepted.

Although I didn’t choose to read five, I picked out two that struck my fancy. The first was Year of Yes – by Shonda Rhimes.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but had a sneaking suspicion that it was in the category of ‘self-help’ and growth books. I’ve read a few in my day and have enjoyed them. Always I can find something to learn and a new way to grow (IF I’m looking. . . ).

After the first chapter, I just about didn’t continue. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the choppy writing style. I find it abrupt to read. It’s akin to being a passenger in a stick shift with someone who’s just learning how to drive (and has not mastered the clutch). I nearly returned it to the library after the first couple sections. However, I found myself drawn into her story.

This isn’t a self-help book although one could pick it up with that intention. It’s a brilliant woman’s story of changing her narrative.

It amazed me that one, seemingly simple, decision on her part drastically changed her life trajectory. It changed her health, career, opportunity, relationships, and self-perception. To read her journey and realize the changes happened in just a year, boggles my mind. Inspiring.

It helped me to ease up on myself. I, like many, tend to think others whom I view as successful, have it all together and don’t battle demons or struggle. Her story broke that belief – yet again.

Short blog post. Short book read. Worth it.


You can get the book by clicking right here. Let me know if you pick it up!

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