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Never say never : 10 lessons to turn you can't into yes I can
George, Phyllis.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

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xvi, 175 pages ; 22 cm
Say yes to yourself -- Embrace change as your friend -- Be a risk-taker -- Find a void and fill it -- Trust your instincts -- Keep your options open -- Feel the power of being nice -- Life isn't perfect -- Keep your perspective -- Learn to laugh at yourself.
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With a career spanning three decades and transitioning seamlessly between the fields of sports, entertainment, and politics, Phyllis George has had a lifetime of risk-taking, pioneering and successes. She has distilled these experiences into ten essential lessons around which she has organized her book. 1. Dream Big Dreams: However impossible it might have seemed from for a small town girl who had already lost the Miss Texas competition once, Ms. George never gave up her dream of becoming Miss America. Aiming high served Ms. George throughout her career as she refused to see anything as out of reach. 2. Be a Risk-Taker: Stepping up to the plate in the very men's oriented world of sportscasting required a lot of courage. Her pioneering efforts, in addition to the doors they opened for her, have paved the way for other women to enter the world of sports television. 3. Find a Void and Fill It: Entrepreneurship can start small - the secret is finding the niche where you can really make a difference. Chicken by George started in Ms. George's own kitchen, but by identifying a hole in the market, the business took on a life of it's own, eventually getting bought by Hormel. 4. Keep Your O

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Phyllis George is one of America's bestloved celebrities. Her accomplishments span a variety of fields. Her numerous awards include Humanitarian of the Year (1995), from the Rosen Group; Celebrity Businesswoman of the Year (1991), from the National Association of Women Business Owners; and one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (2001). George was also named one of the 50 Greatest Women in Radio and Television (2001), by the American Women in Radio and Television. She lives in New York City.

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If there's anyone who's an expert on reinventing herself, it's Phyllis George. She may be best known for her stints as Miss America 1971 and a CBS sportscaster, but she's also been the First Lady of Kentucky, Hollywood royalty (during her eight-month-long marriage to Robert Evans), the author of two books on crafts and the mastermind behind Chicken by George, a venture that brought marinated, boneless, skinless chicken breasts to supermarkets nationwide. Her motivational lessons may not be as innovative as her reinvention skills, but they just might be the swift kick in the rear some apathetic readers need. Her mantras, among them, "Say yes to yourself," "Trust your instincts" and "Learn to laugh at yourself," are simplistic yet undeniably useful, and George fleshes them out with anecdotes about her famous friends, which, though sometimes irrelevant, are uplifting and amusing. A successful interview George conducted with Jets star quarterback Joe Namath illustrates the "trust your instincts" lesson, while a silly performance she gave at a birthday party that wound up leading to a bit part in Meet the Parents serves as the backdrop for acknowledging, "timing is everything." She writes: "Sometimes opportunity arrives when you're taking the dirty laundry home and the phone rings. Answer it. Starting to believe `I can' instead of `I can't' can truly change the course of your life." Even if this book doesn't inspire readers to drop their laundry baskets and start a company, it does provide a memorable glimpse into the myriad adventures of its tirelessly plucky author. (Oct.) Forecast: In person, George is a charmer. Her six-city tour and a confirmed Today Show appearance will give her the chance to shine, and advertising in the NYT Book Review and USA Today will help the book sell like hotcakes. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Rick Pitino
Forewordp. vi
Introductionp. xi
1. Say Yes to Yourselfp. 1
2. Embrace Change as Your Friendp. 21
3. Be a Risk Takerp. 35
4. Find a Void and Fill Itp. 51
5. Trust Your Instinctsp. 67
6. Keep Your Options Openp. 83
7. Feel the Power of Being Nicep. 97
8. Life Isn't Perfectp. 111
9. Keep Your Perspectivep. 129
10. Learn to Laugh at Yourselfp. 145
Afterword: In Closing ... a Few More Thingsp. 165
Acknowledgmentsp. 170