Review: Find Your Extraordinary

Dream Bigger, Live Happier, Achieve Success on Your Own Terms by Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in You

I’m not big on self-help books/memoirs because they always seem to end up being “look how awesome I am!” or “look at all the cool people I know!” And that gets old real fast to me. I’m looking at you Big Magic (review here). But on a whim, I decided to request Find Your Extraordinary by Jessica DiLullo Herrin, the CEO of Stella & Dot. I was impressed with the writing and her story. It gave me hope for other books within this genre.
Review: Find Your Extraordinary by Jessica Dilurllo Herrin, CEO of Stella & Dot | Puppies & Pretties

Goodreads summary

What if you could, with a little effort, live an extraordinary life? A life in which you felt deep passion for everything you did, and always had time for what matters most? A life in which you had the power, the daring, and the will to make your boldest dreams come true, all while you happily left feelings of inadequacy or guilt behind?

Yes, it is possible to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. The secret? Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit inside you – the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason and to step up to creating your own definition of happiness and success – a version of success in which work and family life happily co-exist – instead of chasing a cookie-cutter version.

Here, Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, shows how the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs are ones each one of us can develop – and use not only to create a company, but also to create an extraordinary life. Whether we work a corporate job, run a family, or run our own business, Herrin offers realistic, attainable steps each one of us can take to achieve extraordinary success on our own terms. Through candid and inspiring lessons from her life as a successful CEO and working mother of two, as well as stories of many amazing individuals she’s met along the way, Herrin inspires and empowers us to dial up the sound of our own voices and make our authentic dreams a reality.

This book isn’t about having it all; it’s about having what matters most to you. It is about how to find your extraordinary – your extraordinary career, your extraordinary happiness, your extraordinary life.

Review of Find your Extraordinary

As with any book in this genre, I came in a bit pessimistic. All too often, they are all about rainbows and butterflies with maybe a “look how awesome I am and you can be too!” But Jessica Herrin surprised me. She was able to weave not only her own story (without sounding like she was gloating) along with stories of women (and a few men) that show how they were able to find their extraordinary.

The meat of the book is broken out into the Six P’s of the Entrepreneurial Spirit. It explains the type of mindset you need to have to reach your goals, whatever they may be. While these might not be the glitzy buzz-wordy of self-help, it gives you actionable steps to take. That is probably what impressed me the most about this book. It doesn’t just show how she did it, but lays it out with how you can do it too.

The thing that I loved best about this book is that it talks about how not everyone needs to have the same goals. Maybe you want to climb the corporate ladder. Maybe you just want to give your family a bit of a cushion. Or maybe you just want to find a balance between work and life. All of these goals are perfectly fine and perfectly you. As someone that doesn’t want to have children, it is refreshing to read a book from a woman entrepreneur that isn’t saying that you can do it all.

Because that is the thing, to find your extraordinary, you have to prioritize and sometimes say no. And that is often missing in these types of books. Herrin explains through her life how she had to change her priorities because of her goals. I loved her anecdotal experiences from throughout her life. Nearly all the stories were relatable.

This book got me thinking of my life and what I want to accomplish. And of course, the changes that need to be made to get to those goals. If that isn’t the markings of a good book, I don’t know what is.

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Overall

I enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to read this type of book that says following your dreams needs hard work and there will be roadblocks along the way. I would recommend this one whole-heartedly.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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12 thoughts on “Review: Find Your Extraordinary

  1. Shann Eva

    Great review! I have a friend that sells Stella & Dot, so I’m actually interested in reading about the founder. I’m going to ask her if she’s read it too.

  2. Leslie Clingan

    Did you read this as you were deciding to incorporate more book reviews into your blog? It sounds like an encouraging, uplifting read that would nudge the reader toward realizing their full potential toward their goals. Going to check it out.

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