If I Only Knew Then...: Learning from Our Mistakes



10 thoughts on “If I Only Knew Then...: Learning from Our Mistakes

  1. Ganesh Ganesh says:

    My two favorite excerptsFrom Rosie O'Donnell's essay about falling in love with a woman in college and being unable to tell the woman she loved her “Someone did a study on the cell phone calls made from the Twin Towers as they fell The uestion Was there any pattern in what people said? The researchers expected they would find repeated SOSes—pleas for life asking for absolution—but there was remarkably little of that Instead what the people said over and over again as they died what they sent out across the sea of static “I love you These words when said sincerely have the capacity to right our wrongs and live on long after we have gone back to being starsFrom Kathy Lee Gifford's essay about how it's never too late to pursue a passionMy daddy used to say ‘Honey find something you love to do and then figure out a way to get paid for it’ He understood that where your true passion is there your joy is also And a joyful life is a truly successful life Perhaps not by the world’s standards but whose life is it anyway?


  2. Wellington Wellington says:

    Very interesting concept Collect stories from famous people about mistakes they wish they didn't make I figure with 80 different people responding someone would hit a chord Of the 80 I did recognize most of them but didn't really have any affection to any of them beforehand to care that deeplyKinda reminds me of Chicken Soup for the Soul series


  3. Priscilla King Priscilla King says:

    Nothing the eighty some famous people confess in this book is likely to be new to adult readers but this is prime grade celebrity gossip Movie stars politicians authors and so on tell us in their own words to appreciate elders while they're still with us and appreciate children while they're still little and be prepared and if you want to accomplish something stop fantasizing and do it and so on My favorite selection is Leonard Nimoy's explanation of how he was right to reject a piece of advice for the reason he rejected it at the time and yet at the same time he was still wrong


  4. Connie Connie says:

    Interesting listening to thislots of stories and you learn things about people you didn't know Admitting we’re wrong interesting concept that too few people understand 2 favs Kathy Lee Gifford and Arleen Alda


  5. Laranda Laranda says:

    Entertaining stories from some well known people is enlightening to see everyone makes the same mistakes as you


  6. Angie Angie says:

    Best book I’ve read in a long time People admitting when they were wrong If only people did this


  7. LorenzoT LorenzoT says:

    Great little book One minute you laugh out loud the next minute you are moved to tears Very entertaining I enjoyed it much than I would have ever imaginedBTW Favorite story Barbara Feldon


  8. Emily Emily says:

    A somewhat interesting if uneven collection of 83 responses to the uestion What's one of your biggest mistakes and what did you learn from it? Most of the names were at least vaguely familiar to me but there were only a handful of the vignettes and lessons learned that were memorable even shortly after closing the bookMany of the stories had something to do with spending uality time with loved ones appreciating loved ones while they are with you or making sure they know of your love one phrase that will stick with me is from Dan Raviv a CBS news correspondent Tell all your loved ones that they are your loved ones Even though the individual stories were heartfelt the repetition made it come across as somewhat clichedAnother common theme was simply listening To others to yourself to experts to strangers to friends Alan Alda encapsulated it as Listening is letting the other person change me I also appreciated Alan Alda's explanation of the several levels of ignorance The rudimentary level is imply not knowing anything and keeping uiet about itA lower rung of ignorance hell is 'knowing' something that's not so and then telling everybody else about it An even lower rung and maybe the most dangerous is thinking that what you know whatever it is even if it's right is all there is to knowI laughed out loud at Carol Burnett's telling of her mortifying and painfully awkward meeting with Cary Grant And I found Senator Orrin Hatch's answer intriguing; if he could change anything he would go back and vote yes on creating the national holiday honoring Rev Martin Luther King Jr I'm sure another person would read this book and have completely different excerpts stick out to her and maybe that's the beauty of it but it was fairly blah for me with the few highlights mentioned aboveFor book reviews come visit my blog Build Enough Bookshelves


  9. Jaclyn Jaclyn says:

    I listened to this book on CD in my car and it was great It's a compilation of short stories from various famous people regarding what they consider to be one of the biggest or most memorable mistakes they've made and what they learned from them The stories range from funny to sad light hearted to serious personal and professional This was a perfect book to listen to in the car for me because the stories range from 2 10 minutes so I was able to listen to them when commuting back and forth to work or out running errands I also feel like I got this book at a time when I was most open to some of these lessons because I sometimes wonder if I'm in the midst of what I will look back and consider one of the times in my life when I made one of my most critical mistakes and these little stories have encouraged me to look at my life and reflect on this concept and what I can do to change things


  10. Paula Paula says:

    I listened to the audiobook and it was pleasant company for the most part I like Charles Grodin as an actor I highly recommend Midnight Run my favorite film of both Grodin and Robert DeNiro but I don't think he's best suited to voiceover work Another reviewer said it seemed like he was yelling though his parts Marion Grodin voices the entries from women and I have to agree It was interesting listening to anecdotes from other people's lives but I don't guess I learned anything I didn't already know from making my own mistakes in life when you care about someone let them know don't be afraid to take chances be true to yourself honesty is the best policy It did start me thinking not only about mistakes I'd made but about the times when I actually did the right thing and made the right choice Maybe Grodin can compile another book titled I'm So Glad I Did That


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If I Only Knew Then...: Learning from Our Mistakes [Read] ➫ If I Only Knew Then...: Learning from Our Mistakes ➳ Charles Grodin – Thomashillier.co.uk Now available as a value priced editionUNABRIDGED SELECTIONSAs Charles says If you don't get wiser as you get older then you just get older The core of this audiobook is about identifying our mistakes Now available as a Only Knew ePUB ¹ value priced editionUNABRIDGED SELECTIONSAs Charles says If you don't get wiser as you get older then you just get older The core of this audiobook is about identifying our mistakes learning from them and not repeating them Charles Grodin a very funny individual who has appeared in movies television If I ePUB ½ and currently is on WCBS Radio every day has asked his friends from Robert Redford Paul Newman Shirley MacLaine Alan Alda Regis Philbin Don Hewitt of Minutes fame Joe Torre and others to share sometimes very revealing memories of the biggest mistake they've madeRosie O'Donnell looks back to her college days and her I Only Knew PDF ↠ inability to express her love for a close girlfriend Regis Philbin learned to trust his instincts when an early talk show got cancelled Irwin Redlener the Co founder of The Children's Health Fund examines a near mistake how he almost cancelled a trip to see a grown son who soon after died in a I Only Knew Then...: Learning PDF/EPUB or skiing accident Dr Nicholas Perricone learns to shift his perspective after witnessing the bravery of a young girl during his internship Senator Orrin Hatch discusses his mistaken vote against making Martin Luthor King Day a national holiday And Carol Burnett's hilarious essay explains why meeting Cary Grant turned out to be a big mistakeThis audiobook offers intimate insights into dozens of celebrated figures' lives.