Bestselling author Emily Giffin has topped the charts, selling over 11 million copies of her heartwarming novels such as Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and The One and Only, but she started her journey working as a lawyer. How did she gather the courage to quit her high-profile day job - even after receiving heavy rejection with her first book? Learn how she balances writing with motherhood, what she looks for in an agent, how she overcomes imposter syndrome, and why relationships are the most essential parts of our lives.
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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Don't be successful for the sake of success. Think about what will really fulfill you.
- Misery can be a great motivational tool. Sometimes it's better to be miserable than to be comfortable.
- People magnify the risks in your mind that you're going to fail - but take those risks.
- Work with people who are excited and enthusiastic about what you're doing.
- Your life is the sum of your relationships.
- Accept that it won't be perfect, so just do the best you can.
- There is no such thing as "having it all."
- The most important thing is the journey. Just because you get the dream, doesn't mean it'll be perfect.
- Be open to new experiences.
- Failure is an opportunity to grow.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Check out Emily Giffin’s website for information about her and her books
- Read her latest book First Comes Love
- What is chick lit?
- UVA School of Law
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents 2017
- Jennifer Enderlin - Emily’s former editor at St. Martin’s Press
- Random House
- Tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome
- Something Borrowed, the movie
- New York Times’ article about Emily Giffin as the “Buffalo Bills of novelists”
- A meme to understand the Buffalo Bills
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