Talking As Fast As I Can... About Lauren Graham's Book

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I had Lauren Graham's book "Talking As Fast As I Can" (her second book, first non-fiction) on hold at the library since it came out at the end of November. Three months later, I finally got an alert that it was available. Then I read it in three days.

I enjoy reading memoirs and hearing people's nuggets of wisdom and words of advice. As usual, I kept my phone close so I could jot down quotes that stuck out to me. There are six in particular that I want to share.

"I still find that, in general, having a plan is, well, a good plan. But when my carefully laid plan laughed at me, rather than clutch at it too tightly I just made a new one, even if it was one that didn't immediately make sense."

As a planner myself, I connected with this pretty strongly. Planning is a good thing. But it's also a good thing to go with the flow and take things as they come. Sometimes the random plan B (or even C) turns out to be better than you expected.

"Stars may or may not be just like us, but generally I've learned it's a mistake to think anyone else has the answer to pretty much anything."

While of course we are going to ask friends, colleagues, or peers for help, we also have to have some trust and confidence in ourselves. Sometimes we're the ones with our own answer. (And don't worry, I do see the irony in putting a quote about how no one has an answer to anything in a list that is essentially framed as advice from someone else.)

"Whether it's on your own or through someone else, it's wonderful to be introduced to something you didn't realize you needed."

That is pretty wonderful, isn't it?

"Life doesn't often spell things out for you or give you what you want exactly when you want it, otherwise it wouldn't be called life, it would be called vending machine."

We just gotta roll with the punches. Eventually, our time will come.

"One of [Peter Krause's favorite jobs] was bartending on Broadway, where he got to see free theater and work alongside an unknown aspiring writer named Aaron Sorkin. (I wonder whatever happened to that guy.)"

I thought this was so interesting. It just goes to show you that where you're at now isn't necessarily an accurate indicator of where you'll end up. Peter Krause went from being a bartender to a successful actor, director, and producer. Aaron Sorkin went from being an aspiring writer to being AARON SORKIN. Work hard, be smart, and one day you won't be an unknown aspiring whatever-it-is-you-want-to-be. You'll be IT.

"Let's keep lifting each other up. It's not lost on me that two of the biggest opportunities I've had to break into the next level were given to me by successful women in positions of power."

Women are awesome. And let's definitely keep lifting each other up.

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