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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?

By Marcella Allison & Laura Gale

*A Book Review*

by Michael C. Gray

© 2021 by Michael C. Gray

Let's say you're more than 30 years old. Do you wish you could go back in time and give advice to yourself at age 18?

A networking group of women with careers, formerly called the Titanides and recently renamed the Mentoress Collective, recently shared this thought experiment. The members each wrote a letter to her younger self. The writer reflected on her life experiences, good and bad, and the lessons she had learned.

Some of the experiences are pretty raw, like losing parents, going through a divorce, and suffering health issues, like recovering from cancer.

The women are in a variety of careers, including corporate leadership, writing promotional material (copywriting), and the performing arts.

The tone of the letters is gentle and loving. The writers don't beat themselves up for their mistakes; they reflect on the lessons learned.

Since they are writing about emotional experiences, the reader might shed a few tears in the process of reading them. I think this is a beautiful collection of women's sharing their inner feelings.

Since I have seen presentations by many of the writers or participated with them in other networking groups, I can tell you these are sharp professionals, well worth learning from.

I think women with careers will find reading this book worthwhile, and find experiences they can identify with in these letters.

Another particularly appropriate audience for this book is women preparing to enter careers or starting their careers.

Men will also find reading this book valuable for the insights they will get about how women think.

Consider it for a Christmas gift for someone you love.

Buy it at Amazon: Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?: Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business.

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