When I graduated from high school, my dream was to be a magazine editor. College opened up other doors and I obviously ended up somewhere much different, but my fascination with flipping through glossy pages and studying the names on mastheads had Kate White on my radar years ago.
I loved how she balanced her (fabulous) “day job” as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan with a sensational side hustle (writing murder mystery novels!). I love my job, but lately I’ve been feeling like I want and need to kick it up a notch. Plus, I’ve been looking for ways other women handle work-life balance – and am curious about how career-focused mamas are fitting it all in (not planning on kids for several years, but I like to plan ahead!).
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This addressed all of those concerns and more, with a sassy, bold, take-no-prisoners tone.
The title highlights “asking for money” and “snagging the promotion,” but that’s not what the vast majority of the book is about. Rather, it’s about working hard, working smart, being assertive, planning your moves, and doing it all while still being someone you can look at in the mirror every night.
The sections are “Success: How to Get it,” “Success: How to Go Big with it,” and “Success: How to Savor it.” They cover everything from dealing with nasty co-workers to planning when and how to take maternity leave to orchestrating the right career path for you. It’s a refreshing, different take on the concept of “having it all.”
I read it voraciously… and while I loved it and was hooked every moment, I feel like reading it in a couple days didn’t do it justice and wasn’t the right way to absorb all of the concepts, inspiration and words of wisdom White had to offer. My plan now is to read a chapter a day for the next few weeks… reflecting on what’s said, how it applies to my life and whether it’s something I can adopt to improve my performance at work, enhance how much I love my career, or better balance my work-life obligations.
I also plan to snag every other career book Kate White’s written!