Book Recommendation: “Getting There” by Gillian Zoe Segal

January 14, 2018

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked up a really amazing book, but I’ve definitely struck gold with my latest find. Getting There by Gillian Zoe Segal is a fabulous read. It’s a concoction of personal stories from various types of people in an abundance of career fields. Every single person included wrote of their difficulties in seeking and, ultimately, achieved success. I was beyond motivated after reading about the different meanings of success and all the unlikely paths chosen to get there. From Michael Bloomberg to Jillian Michaels, every story was unique. Each person had a message that stuck in my mind—inspiration was literally flowing out of the pages. I wanted to share my favorite quotes from the book with you today. So grab a cup of coffee/tea/cocoa and some delicious snacks to let these words be the driving force behind your next move towards success.

Warren Buffet—Investor

“One of the best things you can do in life is to surround yourself with people who are better than you. High-grade people. You will end up behaving more like them, and they, in turn, will get it back from you.”

“It’s also imperative to select the right hero…the people you look up to will form your vision of how you want to be later in life.”

Matthew Weiner—Mad Men Creator

“A great idea is worthless; execution is everything.”

Michael Bloomberg—Bloomberg L.P. Founder / Former New York City Mayor

“As long as you can admit things to yourself, you can deal with them and move on.”

“Over the years, people have come to me and said “you can’t do everything”. That is total bullshit. You certainly can do everything.”

Sara Blakely—Spanx Investor

“I believe that defeat is life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you’re off course. There’s always some sort of hidden oppurtunity or lesson in each episode—a chance to build your character.”

Anderson Cooper—Journalist

“When you’re much more interested in what you’re doing than going out for drinks with friends, you’ve found your bliss.”

David Boies—Lawyer

“It’s important not to be either too encouraged or too discouraged by what’s happening at any particular moment. No matter what you do, there will be times when things go well and times when things go badly. The only thing for sure, in either scenario, is that things will change.”

John Paul Dejoria—John Paul Mitchell Systems / Patron Spirits Company Co-Founder

“Success unshared is failure.”

“The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do”

Jillian Michaels—Fitness Expert

“To a large extent, you become the company you keep.”

“No one likes to feel vulnerable, and I’m no exception, but the reality is that you can only know as much depth, happiness and success in your life as you can know vulnerability.”

Ian Schrager—Entrepreneur / Hotelier / Real Estate Developer

“Those who want success the most and are relentless about pursuing it are the ones who get it.”

“Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, don’t be afraid of trying something new, and don’t be afraid of failure.”

Nitin Nohria—Harvard Business School Dean

“Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can take a long time and can even be a painful process, but it’s one of the most important things to do in life.”

“Be generous and don’t worry about keeping score.”

Muhammad Yunus—Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

“Human creativity is limitless. If we channel it towards addressing the problems we have created over the years, we can redesign anything and construct the kind of world in which we want to live.”

Rachel Zoe—Stylist / Fashion Designer

“Be prepared to work hard for everything you want. Nothing is easy—and when something appears to be, there’s usually a lot of work that’s gone on behind the scenes.”

Gary Hirshberg—StonyField Farm Chairman and Co-Founder

“Determination is the most important ingredient for success.”

“The successful people are those who got back up after being knocked down, often repeatedly.”

Daniel Boulud—Chef

“When you feel like you’ve lost your compass, it’s okay to ask for direction.”


Reading all of Getting There was proof for me that hard work and dedication pays off. The amount of time and effort each person spent into their endeavors is truly inspirational. I don’t often recommend books but this one is 100/100 recommended from me. After a glimpse into all of my favorite quotes from the book, I hope you will be interested in picking up the book yourself! Staying away from technology and actually picking up a good read is so satisfying and definitely something I want to continue.

Reading through this book also reminded me of my days in middle and high school where I always had my nose in a book. I honestly got in trouble all the time with my parents because of reading too much! Talk about being a nerd! Reading more inspirational material or more nonfiction is something I’m currently very interested in. If you have any recommendations for me, I would love to know!

A million and one thanks for tuning in today – until my next lil’ thought then!


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