In the introduction Roberts states, "After I deliver a speech I am often asked for a copy of it. The problem is I never write my speeches. I just talk. That is my hope for this book. It's just me talking to you. Talking about the things I have learned that have helped me find joy in my life and fulfillment in my work....There is no magical reason why I am where I am. And there is absolutely no reason why you can't be where you want to be. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you, too. And it would be a privilege for me to help you get there."
That is exactly what she did - she just talked. I really appreciated the humble approach that Robin Roberts took as she wrote this book. She shared her humble beginnings and the lessons that she has learned throughout her life. She wasn't promoting herself. She was simply using the wisdom she has gained to help others. That is admirable.
The principles she has gained in her life prepared her for success. They taught her rules that she lives by. The seven rules she shared in her book are:
- Position yourself to take the shot
- Dream big, but focus small
- If at first you don't succeed, dive back in
- Never play the race, gender, or any other card
- Venture outside your comfort zone
- Focus on the solution, not the problem
- Keep faith, family, and friends close to your heart
She relates several heartwarming stories about how she learned to live by these rules and how they have helped her to become successful. I really enjoyed reading this book. I tend to shy away from books that center on "life lessons" because I believe that only God can tell us how to make a success of our lives. However, Roberts does not take the position that she alone is the authority on life. The book was easy to read, encouraging and even entertaining at times. I'm glad I read it.
Buy the book at Barnes&Noble.com - From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By