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Find Your Extraordinary is written by Jessica Dilullo Herrin, the founder of Stella and Dot. For those who aren’t aware, Stella and Dot is a “social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women.” (StellaDot.com) I really enjoy hearing the stories of entrepreneurs and how they got their start. These stories usually motivate me (even if for a day) to believe in my dreams. This book has some great insights, recommendations and some quotables.
While I could appreciate Ms. Herrin’s story, it was clear she had some lucky breaks and opportunities that many others have not been blessed with. In her own words, “Some bold decisions and some serendipitous encounters have redirected the course of my life.” This is not to say that she didn’t work hard, but I think she was able to figure out her path fairly early on, without too many hiccups along the way. The fact that she sold her previous company, WeddingChannel.com, for $90 million before starting Stella and Dot certainly helped this business launch, as well.
I commend the idea behind Stella and Dot – Ms. Herrin’s desire to help other women enter the workforce without a lot of capital up front (Stella and Dot stylists work under the direct sales models followed by many other in-home sales-type companies). And she did have somewhat humble beginnings, starting off at a community college before transferring to Stanford. But her foray into the jewelry world was after the sale of that first company and was likely funded, at least initially, by her own bank account. I think, while interesting, using her own story as an example of how others can succeed despite having modest starts or personal struggles kind of makes the point fall flat. I would have enjoyed hearing stories of how some Stella and Dot consultants succeeded, despite the odds.“…Luck can’t be your strategy for life. You can’t chart your path to extraordinary based on luck. You need to plan it.” - Jessica Herrin Click To Tweet
That said, there are many great takeaways throughout the book. There are also points for reflection and questions to get the reader thinking about their own career path. This book is an easy read (of course, my first time through it was via audiobook) and can provide that little bit of inspiration some of us need to propel ourselves forward. And one point especially rings true for me: the fact that she stresses that each person’s extraordinary will be different. I truly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for success (or happiness, for that matter!). And if this book reminds you of that, then it has been worth the read. For some actual stories of extraordinary women, you can check out the Hello Extraordinary website (which compliments the book). Have you read any inspiring business or personal development books lately? Anything you want to read but haven’t gotten to yet? Tell me about it in the comments, below!
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