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Ten Things I Wish I'd Known--Before I Went Out Into the Real World

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  134 reviews
“I wrote this book so that you might be spared. Not from having to learn the lessons I had to learn. No one can spare you that, because learning is experiential, and you have to do it yourself. As a wise person once told me: If I could spare you the pain you’re experiencing, I wouldn’t–because I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you’ll gain from havin ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Warner Books
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Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
My mom gets me these impulse buy books all the time. You know the ones: you’re waiting in the check-out line at Barnes and Noble and they’re on the turnstile right next to you. They’re usually uplifting or inspirational. Sometimes they have cute pictures of animals in them or they’re filled with jokes. Well I’ve amassed a small collection of them thanks to my mom over the years and I’ve just now started reading them (bad daughter, I know). While I’m convinced my mom’s trying to tell me something ...more
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was given this book when I graduated from high school and have read it half a dozen times since. I picked it up again just ahead of starting grad school. I love Shriver's outlook - she's honest, hilarious, and hard-working. Her life is unconventional, and yet she's completely down to earth. Just to give you an idea of Shriver's wit, one of her chapters is called "Super Woman is Dead and Super Man may be Taking Viagra." What she says is nothing earth shattering - just solid, heartfelt advice.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I honestly hope she didn't use all these swear words in her commencement speech at a Catholic university. I would have admired her more if she and the publisher had kept it dignified. But she shared sweet advice.
Cindy Pierce
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So down to earth. Great gift to a college grad.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book while in college for a class. The funny thing was that I didn’t know she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger until halfway through the book. I was quite surprised. Lol
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my god z, you can't expect me to write a book?
I mean, will anxiety. I can't be the one to write a book.

Self deprecation works.

Everyone loves a commencement speech.

I was treated like a regular kid.

Mentorship is about having access.

I can live big city life on 12000 a year. START AT THE BOTTTOM.

Don't cry at work (Ed Note: get all your cries at work. That's when they are the most satisfying. If someone is going to make you cry, cry while getting paid).

I have fire in my belly.

Philly and Bal
Jonas Wimmer
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book ,,Ten Things I Wish Id Known” was written by Maria Shriver, the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a member of the Kennedy family. She writes about her speech in Holy Cross College which is about Ten things she wished she would have known when before she got out into the real world business. It is a very informative book, which is in my opinion worth to read.

The whole book is about these ten things which are very closely described. These topics are all very important for the real world.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall, this was a pretty good book. It was written simplistically and to the point about what Maria had wish she had learned about the work force before entering it.
I learned some important advice about working in the real world, and some of Maria's Ten Things: to pinpoint your passion, no job is beneath you, who you work for and with is as important as what you do, your behavior has consequences, be willing to fail, perfection doesn't make you perfect, children do change your career,to be
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following the success of her 1999 bestseller What's Heaven?, in which she explained death to children, the NBC anchor woman expands on a commencement speech she delivered two years ago at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., to share some of her life lessons with young people starting their careers. Although this slim gift book is positioned as a graduation gift, Shriver's natural audience is more likely to be busy working mothers like herself, and celebrity watchers who are curious about her ...more
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Ms. Pies
I truely did enjoy reading Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World. I feel as though I read it at the perfect time in my life, about to graduate high school, becuase the lessons she was attempting to portray came across bery clearly and were quite meaningful. I love the style of writing she used. She took what used to be a speech, and due to the raving responses to it, she expanded it out and turned it into a book she felt could affect many people.
She started the book
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read a couple of chapters of this book each night before bed and found it a nice reflective read before bedtime.

Maria's writing style is easy and to the point -- and she makes some pretty good points in this book. The book is basically an extended version of a convocation speech she gave at a university. Out of all the 10 lessons, I liked her wisdom in regards to marriage, an area I have not ventured into yet. Also, I enjoyed reading about her career-related failures and successes, especially
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My mom suggested to me that I read this...and as it turns out, she had an ulterior motive. Ms. Shriver's list, expanded from her commencement speech at the College of the Holy Cross (but you've probably heard that little detail before), is built up of everything both Mom and Dad have been trying to drum into my head for several years now. Let me pause to reflect on the perversity of the situation when you're more apt to listen to anyone but your parents, even if they're all saying the same thing ...more
I admire Maria Shriver. I think she is a class act. But after listening to this little audiobook, my opinion of her has risen higher. Her words of wisdom, written over ten years ago, still ring true today. I felt it was very inspiring and honest advice built on her own experience, reflections and memories. Most of her advice deals with women in the workforce who feel they have to be "superwomen" and be able to balance work, marriage and child rearing (which is a near impossible task). Maria is a ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My mom recommended this book. Told me to read it. I'm so glad i did. Ended it in tears. It's actually so helpful and grounding. The part that struck me the most by the end was the parents, it was just one sentence in the entire book but it reminded me to be kind to my parents when i've been treating them badly w/o meaning to/ realizing the extent. The rest of the book was amazing and helpful since the very beginning.
the job/mentor part really helped me in even my first week at my first job, rem
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is short, her advice is concise, and her personal examples were incredibly helpful.

She has beauty, brains, a family name that opens doors, and built her career while part of a power couple - and still she faced the struggles that no amount of hired help can resolve, mainly how to be at two places at once (work/ home - in her case, located on opposite coasts) and how to be completely present to two different callings simultaneously (career accomplishments/ family relationships). I also
Kristal Cooper
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason this speech got so much publicity when she delivered it at a college commencement -- it's darn good advice! And, more than that, it's about time someone said it all outloud to just the people who need to hear it. Twenty-one year old kids have no clue what they're up against and, if they'll pay attention, this just might save them some time and heartache down the line.

Not to say that anyone and everyone won't benefit from this book. I'm 40-something now and I'm happy to say that
Sandra Soetanto
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found this book is more on the story of the author’s life and what the lessons she drew from her life experiences. There are 10 lessons, which actually a series of simple truths we ourselves can learned from daily relationships and experiences. But having the author told us her stories and lessons will somehow simplify our learning process. A saying once told that you can learn also from somebody else’s experience, because learning from your own will be tough (yet I’m sure, the most remembered ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school seniors
Recommended to Tera by: Teacher
When I began reading this book in school, honestly I thought Great! another boring self-help book to help students on their path to self discovery and true meaning in life. But quite honestly it was quite a good book and by that I mean that it wasn't boring or at all dull like some of these books tend to be or ill-advised. It gives one a better understanding of lifes crazy lessons that we are faced with and how to become more equipped and ready to handle them as they come. I enjoyed reading it ...more
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
What a sweet and confirming book for me! I have seen multiple interviews with Maria Shriver and finally decided, I should read some of her books. She's a marvelous conversationalist, but is she a good author? Oh yeah, and what she shares is useful and honest. I dogeared so many pages of this library book- I plan to copy some pages to hang up in my bathroom and fridge to remind me of what is important in life.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I stumbled on this at the library. It's a great quick read! The book came out of a college commencement address she gave that was well received. She's a bit too intense and self-critical, but she probably had too many expectations placed upon her shoulders from being from such an important family. It would be natural to feel inadequate from her standpoint. Basically if you want to succeed, you need to work your butt off, but you will fail on your way up too.
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
This is a great quick read (125 pages) if you are looking for a short autobiography of Maria Shriver's life so far (this book was written before Arnold became the Gov. of CA). Written from a college graduation speech she gave, this book would also be a great gift for a college graduate. While I don't agree with everything in the book, I agreed with her 10 things. I wish I'd known them earlier too!

Apr 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
Seriously? Maria Shriver was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, so to read this list of things she wished she knew before she went out into the "real world" was a slap in the face.
First of all, she started her television career in Philadelphia! No one STARTS there career there. Then, her next job was at CBS News in New York.
I find it amusing she wants to give advice to the rest of us about the "real" world.
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Based on a commencement speech given to Holy Cross University, Maria Shriver expounds on each of the Ten Things she wishes she had known before she graduated college.

I found it funny and interesting. Most people never think that celebrities are ever nervous and have to struggle and work for what they get. All the public sees are the results, the wealth and the fame.

It's a very short, quick read. And I think Maria's hair is pretty the way it is.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I enjoyed this memoir that expands a speech she gave to a graduating class at a Catholic University.

She pursued her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist. She had exception training when following her famous relatives as they campaigned for national office. She shares her success and her failures. The book was written before her divorce…but I doubt it would change a word. She is, above all, a hardworking, compassionate woman. A good role model for young women beginning a career.
Leslie Bennis
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great graduation gift. Very insightful and hopeful on how to deal with the harsh realities of the world that no one likes to talk about. I read this many years ago but there was advice I still think of often in my 29 yr marriage; "your spouse is going to annoy you, not just at times but quite often. You can choose to have that same fight of not picking his socks and towels up off the floor for the 237th time, or you can choose love. Life is too short for 237 fights, CHOOSE LOVE.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Another nice little motivational book. And the 10 things are....
1. Pinpoint your passion, 2. No job is beneath you, 3. Who you work for and with is as important as what you do, 4. Your behavior has consequences, 5. Be willing to fail, 6. Superwoman is dead and superman may be taking viagra, 7. Children do change your career (not to mention your entire life), 8. Marriage is a hell of a lot of hard work, 9. Don't expect anyone else to support you financially, and 10. Laughter.
Jul 22, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: my girl friends
what i remember from the ten things:
- i learn from mistakes, mine and other people's
- throughout my life i can expect to start from the bottom, from scratch over and over;
- i can't have everything i want all at the same time;
- family is important; humility is important; looking good is important
- being a woman is tough, no matter how emancipated we think ourselves to be
- i should get a job, again, and fast
- i can earn respect through hard work

Mary Pat
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book just after my college graduation. While celebrity books are often filled with anecdotes about how hard they worked to get the to the top, Maria Schriver takes this opportunity to share what she wished she would have known. I truly found this book interesting and thought provoking.
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I put myself on a reading schedule and this was my biography for month of February. I enjoyed it more than I thought. Would reccommend this as a gift to a young adult in college or a graduate also for an adult who is having trouble with motivation or direction in their current life situation. She give some basic solid advise.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Before The Lecture by Randy Pausch came along, Maria Shriver was dishing out advice on life. I think everyone can benefit from reading this book because Maria makes several good points. My favorite one being about laughter and how it is always important to have it so you can survive what life throws at you.
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Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California.

“Your life is like a mosaic, a puzzle. You have to figure out where the pieces go and put them together for yourself.” 5 likes
“Comparing how you feel on the inside (bad) to the way someone else looks on the outside (great) is a losing proposition. It's an impossible standard.” 4 likes
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