Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way

Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way

Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way

Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned along the Way

Synopsis

Great minds reveal why you should Take a Lesson "Take a Lesson is a treasure trove of insight on what it takes to lead and to achieve success in today's world. These lessons from African-American leaders transcend race. They are universal and I recommend this book to any reader wanting to get ahead."-General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) "Even when the odds are against you, you can succeed. If you're determined to come up in your chosen profession, take a few lessons from Take a Lesson."-Tavis Smiley, Author and Talk Show Host "Talk about your New Black Power! Take a Lesson offers access to the highest and most elite levels of corporate power and success, and it provides insights that should inspire anyone who aspires to reach similar heights. The executives featured in Take a Lesson are a Dream Team of mentors. Read what they have to say, and rise."-Roy S. Johnson Editorial Director, Vanguarde Media; Editor-in-Chief, Savoy

Excerpt

The best thing about being a journalist, in my view, is that it gives you license to ask people questions that you would otherwise never ask. I'm not talking about plumbing the depths of a subject's personal life, or digging for dirt and demons. Rather, I'm referring to those questions the answers to which truly reveal who a person is; what drives them; what moves them; where they derive their courage and strength; how they handle adversity and change and, even, success, because success comes with its share of challenges as well.

Those are the answers, when they are thoughtful and honest, that cut through the rhetoric of life straight to the heart of it. Those are the answers that can help the rest of us resolve the questions we struggle with in our own lives.

From the moment I did my very first interview more than a decade ago, it occurred to me that I was asking questions of my subject that I had never thought to ask my own parents or best friends. As a result, I learned things about that person that I didn't know about most of the people to whom I was closest.

As my career progressed, I realized that I wasn't just learning about the people I interviewed. I often learned from them. the experiences they recounted, and the added value that their hindsight perspective gave to those experiences, was often helpful to me. On occasion, they made an indelible impact.

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