Wake-up calls

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McGraw-Hill, 2001 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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In the two decades since she first appeared on Good Morning America and instantly captured our hearts with her infectious good humor and early-morning enthusiasm, Joan Lunden has become a rare and genuine American treasure.

In the face of countless challenges, each compounded by the relentless spotlight of celebrity, Joan has never sacrificed her upbeat outlook and always refused to abandon her dreams and goals. And now, after a pair of beloved "New York Times bestselling life-guides, Joan offers her most revealing, empowering, and inspired book yet as she shares with readers the various and often surprising sources from which she draws her remarkable strength.

Full of photographs and priceless, refreshingly straightforward advice, "Wake-Up Calls reveals a "behind-the-scenes" Joan's candid, content, and clear-eyed, as she doles out the sage guidance that has kept her thriving throughout her long tenure in the public eye. Through a spirited mix of beautifully written ruminations on some of her most personal experiences, poems, and hundreds of priceless quotes from notable figures in all walks of life, Joan Lunden demonstrates the matchless value of a positive, "you-can-do-it" attitude as she shows us: how to unravel the mind-sets that might be keeping us trapped in the past; how to declare and redefine our notions of what it means to be fulfilled and contented; how to connect to all of the motivational resources that we have at our fingertips but may not see; and how to cultivate a powerful community of family and friends who will support and reinforce our most cherished aspirations.

Enriched by the words, wisdom, and witticisms of such varied luminaries as Ernest Hemingway,Katherine Hepburn, Erma Bombeck, Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Buddha, Virginia Woolf, Babe Ruth, Walter Cronkite, Gilda Radner, Deepak Chopra, Julia Child, Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sophia Loren, and Joan's own mother and three children, here is a timeless and wonderfully entertaining resource. As Joan explores the crucial importance of taking risks, putting success in perspective, nurturing loving relationships, and accepting change with grace and dignity, "Wake-Up Calls promises readers an extraordinary--and ultimately rewarding--journey through life.

Dear Friends, For years, I've collected my favorite motivational and inspirational quotes, and I often refer to them. They brighten my spirits, calm my anxieties, and challenge me to be a better person and to act on my dreams. I'm sharing this collection with you - in hopes that it can give you a confidence boost when needed. I look at these wake-up calls as "mental makeovers" or small attitude adjustments that can make a big difference.These winning strategies have enriched my life; I hope that they can inspire you to realize your dreams.Joan Lunden

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About the author (2001)

Joan Lunden was co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America" for nearly twenty years. A bestselling author, she hosts A&E's "Behind Closed Doors" and the Newborn Channel's "Parenting Minutes." She lives in Connecticut.