Summary of Ten Things I Wish I'd Known

Before I Went Out into the Real World

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Ten Things I Wish I'd Known book summary
If you ever wondered what a smart, famous, gorgeous, member of the Kennedy family, Hollywood establishment, and media hierarchy is really thinking, wonder no more. Maria Shriver tells you, with a good dose of charm and common sense.


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When Holy Cross College invited NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver to give the 1998 commencement address, she almost refused. Although she is a niece of President John F. Kennedy, she was almost terminally afraid of giving speeches. But to our benefit, she changed her mind. This charming little book is her response to the flood of requests she received after her speech aired on C-SPAN. In an expanded version, she explores each of her "ten things" through commentary and illustrative experiences from nearly twenty-five years as a network news journalist. She also draws on her personal life as a daughter, friend, wife, and mother. Intimate, clever, funny, and wise, this life lessons book is also an insider look at the media. getAbstract recommends this smartly written book for anyone interested in a quick but satisfying read, especially media and (or) celebrity junkies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How failure can provide you with some of life’s most valuable lessons
  • Why hard work is the only way to get where you’re going
  • Why you should never make ethical concessions


First and Foremost: Pinpoint Your Passion When R. Sargent Shriver was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 1972, his daughter Maria helped out on the campaign. The Shriver staff put her in the campaign plane with the media. "It turned out to be the best...
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About the Author

Maria Shriver is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and NBC correspondent. She also is the best-selling author of What’s Heaven? The daughter of R. Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, she lives with her husband, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and their four children in Santa Monica, California.

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