Lead from the Outside : How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
by Abrams, Stacey

Preface to the Paperback Editionxi
One Dare to Want More
Two Fear and Otherness
Three Hacking and Owning Opportunity
Four The Myth of Mentors
Five Money Matters
Six Prepare to Win and Embrace the Fail
Seven Making What You Have Work
Eight Work-Life Jenga
Nine Taking Power

The Georgia politician describes her own experiences working in business and politics and offers guidance for people outside of traditional social groups to pursue success by recognizing their passion and pursuing it with their special perspective and strengths.

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state's history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.

Abrams offers a handbook for the dispossessed, disenfranchised, and underrepresented for rising to "our rightful place at the table, in the boardroom, and eventually, in office." Calling her book "the outsider's version of The Art of War," the author reveals herself to be a worthy successor to Sun Tzu. Had she won the 2018 race to become the governor of Georgia—and she only narrowly lost, and with substantial irregularities that suggested deliberate wrongdoing on the part of her opponent's campaign—she would have been the "first black woman to serve as a governor in the United States." Moreover, she would represent a younger generation, a changing ethnic demographic, and perhaps the "bluing" of the deep-red Deep South. "Greatness demands purpose," she counsels, and she was well-prepared for that purpose. As she writes, her parents taught their children to prize knowledge and to strive to attain it even as frowning whites shook their heads in denial that a young black girl could win a citywide essay contest—something that, the author allows, might easily have dented her self-confidence and required grappling with doubt. "Our otherness operates as disqualification," she observes, even as she recounts her substantial achievements, including graduating from Yale Law School and becoming one of only two African-American partners in a law firm that thought of itself as a model of diversity. "Dare to want more" she urges, a project that requires a plan with milestones: "It is by wanting more that we begin," she writes of that journey to achievement, which involves stretching to the limits of one's abilities—limits that are probably far beyond their imagined bounds. It also involves many facets, including constant learning, peer mentorship, mastering money matters, and "having the audacity to make mistakes." "Those who hold power have no interest in handing it over," Abrams observes. Readers who follow her good advice may well find themselves wresting it in electoral cycles to come. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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