What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download

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What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download – Part of the information presented in this book is useful and relevant to all who seek to innovate or develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Nothing earthshaking, but generally good information. I do agree with an earlier reviewer, though, that the book treads into vile territory in the congratulatory approach it takes toward some less-than-noble ways to make money.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download

The main problem I have with this book, however, is that the author seems quite oblivious to (or unconcerned with) the impact she might have on readers who come from less privileged and pristine backgrounds. Her examples of students who have–in her view–overcome tremendous difficulties are not very convincing. Not to discount the experiences of these students or their strength in effectively dealing with their difficulties, but really? Being three feet tall is THAT bad?

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This is clearly a bright young woman (she got into Stanford) who comes from a successful and supportive background–her family ensured she grew up with no unusual treatment based on her height and had the financial resources to seek medical treatment for her from the U.S. Growing up with these messages of support and success would make dealing with being three feet tall relatively simple, and by the author’s own admission, this is the way the young woman experienced her height.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download

It is the author’s absolute amazement that the young woman is not more severely hindered in life by her height that makes this woman an example worth considering. The example itself speaks more about the limited viewpoint of the author than it does about overcoming true adversity. The other multicultural examples are similar–successful or previously successful people experience a setback, then use their ingenuity to overcome obstacles and become successful again or to enhance their already-successful lives.

What we know from the book about Tina Seelig’s background makes it clear that she (1) knew exactly what she wanted to be from age 14; (2) grew up with the privileged background that made her successful in pursuing her planned career path mostly an eventuality, not a dream (i.e., loving parents who were highly successful and developed and encouraged the habits of success in her from an early age, plenty of financial means, intelligence sufficient to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford, etc.); and (3) has never experienced real adversity and she quite likely can’t imagine what real adversity would be like.

Perhaps she just didn’t mention the multitudes of social, financial, and physical/ mental/medical difficulties she waded through BEFORE her life of nonstop success. And she certainly doesn’t consider that others might face any such issues when she goes on her “excuses are irrelevant” tirade in Chapter 9.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 pdf free download

At 20, Ms. Seelig was clearly more highly-prepared for success than nearly all of us at any age. Certainly, she would have had few excuses if she had not become successful. It’s sad to me that a woman of her brilliance and accomplishment, with a world of opportunity at her beckoning, appears to have such a small capacity for sympathy toward others with different backgrounds than hers, for understanding the role that her privileged background had in her own life of success, or for a desire to open her mind enough to encourage intelligent, creative folks from a TRUE variety of backgrounds to develop the habits and mindset that encourage success. Privilege, I guess, is its own prison at times.

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For those of us in the real world, I would recommend reading the useful portions of the book and skipping the Chapter 9 rant, which applies mainly to those without any real-life challenges. Real life is not an excuse–it’s just something you have to keep navigating while you pursue success if you don’t come from a life of privilege.

A revised and updated edition of the international bestseller

Inspiring readers all over the globe to reimagine their future, this revised and updated edition of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 features new material to complement the classic text.

Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us if we make the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge.

As head of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig’s job is to guide her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world—providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is a wildly popular and award-winning teacher and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students –provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.
 
These pages are filled with captivating examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving unprecedented success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our potential.  We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible; how to recover from failure; and how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.
 
What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty is a much-needed book for everyone looking to make their mark in the world.

Review

“Tina Seelig is one of the most creative and inspiring teachers at Stanford. Her book ought to be required reading. I wish I had read it when I was 20… and again at 50.” — Robert Sutton, Stanford University Professor and author of The No-Asshole Rule

“Anybody who wants to live an entrepreneurial life filled with purpose and passion needs to read this book. It’s chockfull of practical tools and tips to bring out the best in each of us.” — Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution and The Case Foundation, and co-founder of AOL

“Forget 20–This is the kind of stuff I wish I knew now… Tina is doing us all a big favor by giving us a roadmap to life!” — Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and author of Reality Check

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“Tina is the most inspirational creative voice I know. Her book is much better than a whack on the side of your head. It’s a whack on the side of your soul!” — Geoffrey Moore, Author, of Crossing the Chasm, Dealing with Darwin

“Few people have done as much to champion innovative thinking as Tina Seelig. The principles in her book will surely spark new ideas. It is a must-read for the next generation of entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans alike.” — David Kelley, Founder IDEO

“Wise, witty, and packed with stories of those who are making a difference and some who are making a fortune…The only trouble is that you will need two dozen copies to give to everyone.” — Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up

“This is a great guide to moving in more exciting, creative, and fulfilling directions, written by a person who is an expert at doing so. But if Tina Seelig had known any more when she was 20, the world probably could not now contain her. “ — Jim Adams, Author, Conceptual Blockbusting

“Seelig is a sharp observer and a gentle and thoughtful writer. Recollections of her own circuitous career path, along with observations of the behavior of friends, family, students, and colleagues are fertile ground for her. — Miami Herald

“True, it’s written by a woman (a Stanford University professor, no less), but this ‘crash course in making your way in the world is full of realistic tips that help put things into perspective.” — Sacramento Bee

“It’s almost impossible to read the first line of Tina Seelig’s book and not grab pen and paper to jot down a river of pent-up ideas and possibilities . . . A galvanizing document, [it] gives us — more than anything else — permission to develop our dreams.” — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperOne; Anniversary, Expanded edition (May 7, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062942581
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062942586
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #73,422 in Books

About the authors

Tina Seelig earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University Medical School and is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford’s School of Engineering and executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She is the internationally bestselling author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. In 2009, Seelig was awarded the prestigious Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering for her pioneering work in engineering education. Follow her on Twitter at @tseelig.

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