If You Have to Read a Book, Read This One

The greatest self-help book I have ever read is “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside” by Kelly Cutrone. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Kelly, she is truly one of a kind. She runs and owns one of today’s most successful PR agencies, People’s Revolution, and has a whole handful of knowledge as to how she got there. And let me tell you – it is not what you think. There was neither a college degree involved nor any fancy family background. Kelly got where she is today because of an undying perseverance to never give up. I first read this book in spring 2011 and couldn’t wait to read her second one “Normal Gets You Nowhere”. I would advise anyone, especially girls, to read this book if you’re unsure about your career, need motivation to pursue you’re crazy dreams, or just want to hear some kick-ass advice from a woman who single-handedly earned every ounce of power she has.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Sometimes, if not most of the time, you find out who you are by figuring out who you are not.”

“Take the years when you’re young – say, between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five, before you have a mortgage or kids or anything else that needs to be fed – and go balls out on intuition and follow your dreams. Dreams won’t always take you on a straight path to destiny, but they’re usually related to what your soul wants for you. They’ll force you to ask yourself the hard questions, they’ll kick your ass, and most importantly, they’ll turn you on.”

“If you don’t let what you don’t know stop you from doing your best in every situation, you will surprise yourself over and over in life as I have.”


Allyson Will


About Allyson Will

I am a currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Journalism.
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8 Responses to If You Have to Read a Book, Read This One

  1. I am DEFINITELY going to be picking up this book later on today. Thanks for the suggestion. I hate when self-help books are super fluffy and self-righteous, this book sounds like she gives you her genuine story and insight to how to succeed, not just “you must do this,” or, “you need to do that.”
    Great find, Allyson!

  2. rkaapu says:

    Allyson, thank you for posting this. I have been needing a good book to read and your little brief into the story has really intrigued me.

  3. wilsonemily says:

    I’m so happy you gave us such a great find! I’ve heard about Kelly Cutrone before (sadly, from The Hills or wherever), and I knew she was a pretty cutthroat career person, but it’s great that she put her wisdom into a guide-book-esque tell-all book. And you picked some pretty great quotes to reflect on! Thanks for the tips!


  4. michelletag says:

    Thanks for the read Allyson! I’m always looking for something new to read. I haven’t read many books of this genre, and this one would be a good place to start. Sounds like it is a book that will tell you how it is, just what I need!

  5. Bree says:

    That sounds like a good read! I have actually never heard of this book before. It’s hard to find books that interest me, but this sounds like I would enjoy it. Thanks!

  6. agavette says:

    I like how the quotations you’ve listed don’t sound like they’re from a typical self-help book. It’s an interesting choice to make her voice sound like how she probably sounds in her everyday life. It’s a choice that I think shows her power even in the writing and publishing of this book. Sounds like a good read, thanks for sharing!

  7. Okay, this is officially the next book on my list! I’ve been asking myself the same kind of soul-searching questions these last few weeks as I apply for jobs and ponder the possibilities of my next move. I’m not a risk taker by nature, and my career goals kind of require me to take a few leaps of faith. Getting myself to realize that and then accept it has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I always thought when I was at the point of graduating, I would some how magically know what I wanted and how I was going to get it. The reality has been somewhat different. I’m lucky that I have a lot of family around me that are offering advice and support, encouraging me to take a couple of leaps even though they’re scary.

  8. Thanks for the suggestion Ally! Lately, career stuff has been giving me a lot of stress. Everything is so uncertain. It’s great to hear from someone who was successful. Ill look into it!

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