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Author: Tina Seelig Narrator: Gwen Hughes Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780062131423
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Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us if we make the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge.

As head of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig’s job is to guide her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world-providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and wildly popular professor and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students -provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.

This audiobook is filled with incredible examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving unprecedented success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible; that we don’t have to be right all the time; and that most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.

Part Maria Shriver’s Just Who Will You Be and part Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, this book is for everyone looking to make their mark in the world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 2/15/2014

    " Really enjoyed Tina's book, Wish I had something like this to help me way back when I was twenty. But its never too late to get great advice, from a confident director who show us step by step the RIGHT way.Her words are pearls of wisdom. Simple common sense yet inspirational. If you have lost your way its an excellent guide with a map to straighten your path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 2/4/2014

    " Such an inspiring book! It definitely helps you to change your perspective and be more productive. With the use of real world examples, the author teaches us how to be innovative, creative and open minded. Totally worth reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isk | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent anecdotes. Some of the advice is kinda contradictory (you should quit early...but if you stick in there, maybe you can fix it) and the message is always kinda the same (take opportunities! blah!), but I was inspired nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alok | 1/23/2014

    " Not a lot much to know I guess; pleasant read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morihiro | 1/16/2014

    " This book has a lot of stories that the auther experienced and heard in her life. They give us a variety of the ideas to see something from different perspectives. There are also many tips which are available for our lives in many situations afterwards. After reading, I got new perspectives to see things and was motivated to try to do something new. I recommend to read it once in your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 1/5/2014

    " Short, but very readable and engaging. Fits in neatly with many things I've worked my way through, and offers that feeling of 'oh, yay, I'm not the only one,' with the added bonus of it coming from a very successful and admired woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugene | 12/22/2013

    " Very informative and full if interesting anecdotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this book. Very insightful and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 12/1/2013

    " A great little 2009 book is written by academic Tina Seelig who runs the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and teaches entrepreneurship and innovation. Not only are her teaching methods refreshingly novel, the stories and sharing on inspirational individuals in her book are also awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrcow | 12/1/2013

    " Very creative read for everyone to open up their mind and make changes happen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garron | 11/20/2013

    " A lot of useful stuff in here. I wish I read this when I started out at uni. This is a great book to help us where we want to go and how we want to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/17/2013

    " A solid self improvement book. What really separated this from the ubiquity were the unique examples from her classes & personal experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topherjaynes | 6/2/2013

    " I heard Tina speak. She pulled out some wonderful anecdotes from this so I thought I would go back and read it all. Worth it. No sure yet how to tease out some of her suggestions, but like any book that shows how some one use to struggle with careers and jobs, it's nice to know I am not alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/1/2013

    " The author presents many great stories of entrepreneurship in an inspirational yet non-cheesy way. Fast read, very worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/23/2013

    " This is a fun book that definitely gets your creative juices flowing for seeing opportunities out there. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorge | 11/19/2012

    " It's a good book, but not life changing in my opinion. I really like the chapter where she talks about being fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 11/4/2012

    " Tina Seelig is a very inspiring educator and inspired lots of students.Her book, as her personality is very encouraging, energetic and inspiring. What I get out most from her book and her lecture is that never hesitate to image and do things, the worst case is not failure, but inaction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 melody | 10/25/2012

    " This is the best book I have ever read on innovation. So many truths resonated with me about this book about one's professional career and life. This is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/10/2012

    " This was the perfect book to read during my transition from college to the "real world." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 9/9/2012

    " A book presented with a series of examples. Some ideas are presented and engage your thought . However, I found myself reading stories I could of easily researched online. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fadhli | 7/20/2012

    " Amazing. I like the way she write. "

About the Author

Tina Seelig has a PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University Medical School. She is the author of the international bestseller What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 and inGenius. In 2009, Seelig was awarded the prestigious Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering for her pioneering work in engineering education.