Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia by Monica F. Anderson

Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Anderson (When a Sistah’s Fed Up, 2006, etc.) offers advice from one girlfriend to another on life, love and making it.

“[S]uccess is the side effect of making better choices every day,” says the author in the introduction to her breezy yet sensible self-help book. She then sets out to show how some basic actions and attitude adjustments can help turn a humdrum life into a great one. If you can’t get ahead at work, have a man who won’t commit, are drowning in debt or struggling with a health crisis, the author offers words of wisdom. Her “Prescription for Happiness” encompasses 10 tips, including “[p]ursue your passions, not people,” and “[n]ever close your heart unless it’s temporarily under reconstruction.” Each chapter explores a different life lesson in detail (such as “[c]hange your mind often” and “love yourself first”), ending with a useful bullet-pointed summary. Throughout, Anderson, a former columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, is perky but stern, and her tone is a mix of you-go-girl optimism and no-nonsense straight talk. But there’s sound advice behind such quips as, “Always act from a position of power, not fear” and “Don’t ignore the yellow lights on the dashboard of your life.” When she bluntly proclaims, “you ain’t Beyoncé,” it’s not a criticism but a counterpoint to the idea that success means excelling at everything. She drives home this concept with relatable personal stories of struggle (such as when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer) and triumph (such as her graduation from dental school). Stories of accomplished women in a variety of fields, including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie, help further illustrate Anderson’s lessons as she counsels women to look inward to find their own definitions of success.

A practical guide for women on how to find happiness and boost self-worth.

Pub Date: June 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0978637835
Page count: 190pp
Publisher: TyMAC books
Program: Kirkus Indie
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