Never Say Never: 10 Lessons to Turn You Can't into Yes I Can!

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With a career spanning three decades and transitioning seamlessly between the fields of sports, entertainment, and politics, Phyllis George has had a lifetime of risk-taking, pioneering and successes. She has distilled these experiences into ten essential lessons around which she has organized her book. 1. Dream Big Dreams: However impossible it might have seemed from for a small town girl who had already lost the Miss Texas competition once, Ms. George never gave up her dream of becoming Miss America. Aiming high served Ms. George throughout her career as she refused to see anything as out of reach. 2. Be a Risk-Taker: Stepping up to the plate in the very men's oriented world of sportscasting required a lot of courage. Her pioneering efforts, in addition to the doors they opened for her, have paved the way for other women to enter the world of sports television. 3. Find a Void and Fill It: Entrepreneurship can start small - the secret is finding the niche where you can really make a difference. Chicken by George! started in Ms. George's own kitchen, but by identifying a hole in the market, the business took on a life of it's own, eventually getting bought by Hormel. 4. Keep Your Options Open: There are countless reasons behind change - personal growth, an unpredictable world, a new discovery, to name but a few. By pursuing a variety of goals, Ms. George demonstrates the value of "fallbacks," as well as the very real possibility that they might become primary interests or pursuits one day. 5. Lend a Helping Hand: Twenty years of work with Save the Children has provided Ms. George with a wealth of examples of the ways in which helping others can provide new insights into the self. 6. Trust Your Own Instincts: Don't allow a lack of support to discourage you! When Ms. George proposed the sale of Kentucky crafts in major New York department stores, salespeople were skeptical, to say the least. Her persistence led to the opening of the "Oh, Kentucky" boutiques within Bloomingdale's which became an instant success, despite everyone's doubts. 7. Keep the Faith: Sometimes, no matter how hard we have worked, things just don't work out and you must try something else. In those times, the belief that a larger force is at work and perhaps that force has other plans for you can be a tremendous source of support. When the time came for Ms. George to admit that she and "CBS Morning News" wasn't going to be a successful coupling, to know that her future must lie elsewhere helped give her the strength to walk away from a long sought after position. 8. Feel the Power of Being Nice: For all of her ambition and subsequent successes, no one would accuse Ms. George of stepping on people to get to the top. This chapter offers the lesson that you can be nice and still get ahead, and that you can often get ahead by being nice. 9. Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously: The ability to laugh at yourself can sometimes be the key to maintaining your sanity (and the quality of life for those around you) as you strive to achieve your goals. 10. Never Say Never!: Don't let anyone else tell you what you are capable of, don't underestimate the power of positive thinking, and don't give up. If Ms. George can show us anything, these three lessons shine through in her public life.

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Presents motivational lessons and inspirational stories on ways to persevere, try something new, and to succeed. Amazon.com description: Product Description: Life wisdom from one of America`s best-loved personalities A broadcast pioneer and entrepreneur shares her stories of inspiration and tells readers to not give up With a career spanning three decades and transitioning seamlessly between the fields of sports, entertainment, and politics, Phyllis George has lived a lifetime of risk taking, pioneering, and success. Now, in Never Say Never, she shares 10 essential lessons she has learned from her vast and varied experience, from Miss America in 1971 to the first woman coanchor of the national football pregame show NFL Today," to first lady of Kentucky, actress, entrepreneur, and award-winning humanitarian and businesswoman. Phyllis also includes inspirational stories from high-profile personalities, such as Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Roger Staubach, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Terry Bradshaw, and many more. With her powerful combination of positivity and hardearned wisdom, George shares life-tested lessons that will motivate and inspire others to create the future they want. Lessons include: Dream Big Dreams Keep Your Options Open Lend a Helping Hand Find a Void and Fill It Be a Risk-Taker Trust Your Own Instincts Keep the Faith Feel the Power of Being Nice Don`t Take Yourself Too Seriously Never Say Never!"

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Foreword by Rick Pitino, bestselling author of Success Is a Choice and Lead to Succeed

"If you want a thrilling experience, read Phyllis George's new book. Phyllis has scaled many walls of impossibility in her life and proved the nay-sayers wrong. She is a true positive thinker!" Ruth Stafford Peale, Chairman of the Board, Guideposts

"Phyllis's fun-loving personality really shines through in this book. It's clever, smart, and full of life wisdom. Don't miss it. It's a great read!" Blythe Danner, award-winning actress

"These stories will inspire people at any stage of their lives. She's refreshingly honest about how she learned her life lessons, sometimes the hard way, keeping her positive spirit and sense of humor all along." Mary Hart, host, "Entertainment Tonight"

"A masterful stroke of motivating genius. Phyllis George proves Magic Happens when you say YES! to YOURSELF!" Harvey Mackay, bestselling author of Swim with the Sharks

"If ever there was a woman that I wanted to come into our locker room to interview me after a game it was Phyllis. I cherish my friendship with her.... This is a great book from a truly great woman!" Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame quarterback

Believing in yourself is the first step to achieving any dream. In Never Say Never, Phyllis George shares life-tested lessons that will motivate you no matter what the challenge. Along with Phyllis's own stories, you'll find inspiring stories from her friends, including:


-Muhammad Ali
-Paula Zahn
-Larry King
-Roger Staubach
-Walter Cronkite Barbara Taylor Bradford
-Ann Richards
-Michael R. Bloomberg

...and many others

With a career spanning three decades and transitioning seamlessly between the fields of sports, entertainment, politics, and even cooking and crafts, Phyllis George has lived a lifetime of risk-taking, pioneering, and success. Now, in Never Say Never, she shares the 10 essential lessons of her vast and varied experience lessons that will give you the strength to take the first step toward the life you want.

From being crowned Miss America in 1971, to becoming the first female national sportscaster and serving as first lady of Kentucky, actress and award-winning humanitarian and businesswoman Phyllis George has proven time and again that you can indeed turn "You Can't" into "Yes I Can." This courageous small-town girl lost the Miss Texas pagent but came back, tried again, and won, later winning the national title. She went on to pave the way in the overwhelmingly male world of sportscasting. These are but two of the triumphs and trials George reveals in this dynamic book.


With her powerful combination of positivity and hard-earned wisdom, George motivates and inspires you to believe you can do almost anything. From knowing when to persevere and when to try something new to proving the genuine power of being nice, she weaves her personal experiences with life-tested lessons to show you how to:


-Say yes to yourself even when others say no
-Embrace change as your friend
-Keep your options open
-Find a void and fill it
-Trust your own instincts
-Learn to laugh at yourself

...and much more including how and why to never say never. In addition to George's personal accounts, here you will also find inspirational stories from high-profile personalities such as Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Roger Staubach, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Paula Zahn, and many more. Engaging, intimate, and filled with invaluable lessons, this powerful book will help you believe in yourself and take on your greatest challenges.

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