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You will see yourself in this book

  • Oct 6, 2010
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I worked for Gloria Feldt for a few years back in the 90s and always believed that if there was one woman who didn't have a problem embracing power it was Gloria. She faced off Henry Hyde in the House of Representatives. She debated Bill O'Reilly on Fox. She cajoled. She intimidated. She persuaded. She yelled. Whatever it took to promote the cause. (As long as it was legal).

So imagine my surprise when I read No Excuses and learned that Gloria's own assessment of her relationship to power is mixed. In the first few pages, she confesses that she failed to fully embrace her power during much of her life, and that she used what power she did have to help other women clarify their life purpose, rather than focusing on her own.

This particular line from the introduction resonated deeply with me: "It is this relationship with power -- almost a spiritual factor, rarely acknowledged by the metrics or even the philosophers, which I've witnessed in myself and countless other women -- that fascinated and propelled me to write this book. For until we understand and redefine our relationship with power we will stay stuck in our half-finished revolution."

Wow. "Our half-finished revolution." That feels so true it aches. So how do we move ahead? No Excuses suggests nine ways to do that, starting with understanding your own internalized barriers and ending with my favorite bit of advice, "Don't follow your dream -- lead it." Throughout the nine chapters, each focused on a different technique for changing the way you think about power, Gloria Feldt offers stories of women, well-known and not, who faced the same challenges we face now. And if you like good quotations as much as I do, you'll find a wealth of those in here too, scattered like bread crumbs helping you find your way.

In short, this is a great book that reads well, will get you thinking, and with a touch of grace, taking action. Highly recommended.

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July 11, 2011
People may not be too comfortable in embracing power due to increased confrontation inherent in the give and take of organizational conflict constructive or otherwise.
October 14, 2010
Sounds like a wonderful book not just for women, but for men to read. Thanks for the review!
October 07, 2010
This sounds like the kind of inspirational book we all need in our lives. I have watched as the world has been opened by and for women to have equal opportunity in work and in politics. We all have barriers to move aside as we access all our strengths. This sounds like a source helping us reevaluate and rethink our life and future.
October 06, 2010
Wow, this book sounds fantastic and very eye-opening. It really is astounding that as far as we've come, she's right, we're only around the half-way mark. I'll have to check out this book. Thanks for sharing!
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“I was incredibly moved by the inspiring stories in No Excuses. To honor the women who came before us, we need to recognize each other and listen for our inherent wisdom. This is a book you’ll be quoting.” —Rosario Dawson, actress

“Feldt is one of the most motivating women in America, period. Her observations are sharp and her courage is contagious—for women of both political parties.” —Cindi Leive,
Editor-In-Chief of Glamour magazine

“An up-to-the-minute, indispensable book. This book is the coach young women need.” —Gloria Steinem

“One of those books that has the power to change your life. It’s challenging and smart, but most important, it gives you actual tools you can use to walk in your own power.”
—Jane Fonda

“Gloria’s redefinition of power is exactly what the world needs today.”—Peter Buffett, composer, philanthropist, and author of Life Is What You Make It

No Excuses challenges women to embrace their strength and choose power over fear.” —Jehmu Greene, President, Women’s Media Center
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ISBN-10: 1580053289
ISBN-13: 978-1580053280
Author: Gloria Feldt
Publisher: Seal Press
Date Published: September 28, 2010
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