Publisher: Harper Collins Leadership | Pub Date: October 20, 2020
Format: Hardback | Rating: 5.0
Undaunted was a great read for those interested in books on leadership, business, and entrepreneurship. I received a copy of this as part of the three month Summer book club program I purchased and joined through Sparkle Hustle Grow. This was an inspiring read about working hard and finding a way to make your goals become a reality, written by the founder of Hint water. Don’t take no for an answer, find out what you can do to turn that into a yes. Another big theme in the book is respect in a professional field and the importance of not underestimating people, especially those that are intelligent and determined. As you may have guessed, this book was filled to the brim with fantastic bits and I had to make note of some of my favorite ones.
Favorite concepts, ideas, and takeaways:
- Read for at least 30 minutes every day! At the beginning of the book she talks about the importance of reading every day. She mentions that most entrepreneurs and business leaders are avid readers and she said many have books that inspired them and changed their lives or their perspectives.
- Meeting your significant other: I loved Kara’s meet cute with her now husband because I love hearing about how people meet in real life.
- Conversations: how did you meet your significant other? Were there any factors in play that led to the right-time, right-place or any well-loved romance tropes?
- Her not-so secret method: pick up the phone! In a world that’s so plugged in, people can overlook how effective a phone call can be these days.
- Drink enough water every day: I laughed at the visual picture she drew of her filling 8 glasses of water to drink each day.
- It made me think of our cat Lily – if you leave a glass of water on a counter unattended, it officially becomes hers because she LOVES open glasses of water.
‘What’s the worst that can happen? Usually, when you think it through, the worst is rarely as bad as you think. And even if something bad does happen, it’s usually not what you had expected anyway. Things work out.’
‘Don’t think about what you can’t do. Figure out what you can do. Then do it to the best of your ability.’
When trying to figure out your career path: ‘What do I really want to do? What am I good at? What jobs are available? Can I find the kind of work environment I thrive in?’
‘People often ask me how I have the nerve to make cold calls. First, I’m naturally curious, so I genuinely want to learn from other people. Second. people love to be asked about what they do and, generally, are eager to tell their stories.’
‘This is something I learned in my tech years: you have to have the basics right at launch, but you can fix everything else as you go along. You don’t want your software to have any severe bugs or your hardware to catch fire. With beverages you don’t want your product to taste bad or make people sick. But if the product is basically right, you’re good to go. Get out there. Besides, there’s no such thing as perfect.’
‘Being undaunted is understanding what your fears are, deciding when it’s important to face up to them, preparing yourself to confront them, and then working through them. When you do, two things happen. First, you put that particular fear in its place. You might not completely overcome it, but you cut it down to a manageable size. Second, and even more important, you gain confidence to overcome any fear, any obstacle that might stand in your way. That’s the key: the more success you have at taking on your fears, the more confidence you gain to take on others. It’s a virtuous circle.’
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