My Virtual Book Shelf: Year of Yes

TraciElaine.com: My Virtual Book Shelf: Year of Yes

I have never watched any of her TV shows, but I was aware of Shonda Rhimes, and respected her talent and her determination to bring diversity to the small screen. After hearing how great Year of Yes was, I decided to add it to my wish list.

It is refreshing to take a look into someone’s life and see that despite all the success and fame, that they too struggle. In Shondra’s case, a struggle to push out of her shell and fight against her comfort zone. She therefore gave herself a challenge to say yes to things she normally shy away from and avoid. The book is a memoir of that transformational year for her.

“I realized a very simple truth: That success, fame, having all my dreams come true would not fix or improve me, it wasn’t an instant potion for personal growth. Having all my dreams come true only seem to magnify whatever qualities I already possessed.”

The book is a very easy read as she is an excellent writer who makes you feel as if you are having an intimate conversation. While a memoir, it motivates and doles out a wealth of wisdom.

“I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.”      [From her Commencement Speech at Dartmouth College]

Two things that her experience confirmed for me: (i) No matter the level of “success” one obtains, one is always constantly pushing to become a better version of themselves. (ii) Pushing out your comfort zone (whether by saying yes to new things or no to old things), liberates. A discovery of lightness, power, strength and in most cases, joy.

“Freedom lies across the field of the difficult conversation. And the more difficult the conversation, the greater the freedom.”

Definitely worth reading.

“When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it.

No fairy tales.

Be your own narrator. “