I picked up Yes Please by Amy Poehler while in the airport back in February. I thought a light, funny read would boast well with my 14 hour non-stop flight to South Korea.
I’m a huge Poehler fan! Loved her on SNL, Parks & Recreation is one of my favourite shows, and her side project “Smart Girls” celebrates curious, intelligent, everyday girls.
Poehler is a natural writer. I could hear her own voice as I read her quirky stories, opinions on the general happenstance of life, and the trials and tribulations of working her butt off to get to where she is today.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from her book:
“I like hard work and I don’t like pretending things are perfect.”
“Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.”
“Stop whining about getting old. It’s a privilege. A lot of people who are dead wish they were still alive.”
Talking about what she has learned from her mother:
– Make sure he’s grateful to be with you.
– Always tell people they do a good job.
“Your career and your passion don’t always match up. Plenty of talented people don’t have the careers they want. Plenty of untalented people make millions and make movies. There is a difference between determination and talent.
“If your career is a bad boyfriend, it is healthy to remember you can always leave and go sleep with someone else.”