My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Nonfiction, Self Help, Business, Inspirational
When Steve Harvey was thirtysomething, he was living in his car. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make to give it his best shot at becoming a comedian. After several months of this lifestyle-washing in public bathrooms, eating fast food-he had considered giving up. Before calling his mother to ask if he could stay with her, he checked his voicemail. The Apollo Theatre wanted him to perform! Great opportunity, but Steve did not have enough money for gas to get from Tennessee to New York. He prayed about it, as he was too proud to ask for money. The following day he had a message from a club in Florida. The audience loved him so much they asked Steve back for a second night. The gig provided him enough money to fly to New York. Although he had no place to stay, walking around all night with a bag that held everything that he owned, it did not get him down.
I wish I had read this book after being fired for the first… and second times. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so defeated, and perhaps I wouldn’t have cried so much. It’s not that I was sad I was losing the jobs themselves – I knew deep down that they weren’t the right fit for me, even considering I was a teen – but it’s stressful to be a student and not have a job. If you don’t have rich parents, that is.
So, anyway. Steve Harvey’s written speech about failure being necessary to success would have motivated me to look for a different type of job instead of going back to the same ones just because I didn’t think a nineteen-year-old could get anything other than the usual costumer service jobs.
I do think that, although he meant for this book to reach both men and women, he sometimes forgot he was supposed to appeal to a female audience as well, what with his use of male pronouns without their female equivalents and the amount of car-related metaphors. But I understand that he was being truthful to himself by talking about what he understood best.
This is why it’s important we have both male and female authors writing about any and all subjects – to give different perspectives.
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