Last year, I barely knew who Shonda Rhimes was. I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy and while I might have recognized her name, I was clueless as to her talent.
I was writing a blog post at the time (here) when I came across her 2014 commencement address at Dartmouth College….and LOVED it! By the time I’d discovered Rhimes her memoir had been published and I quickly sought it out.
A lifetime introvert, Rhimes had allowed fear to remove herself from any situation that might subject her to public scrutiny. A fly away comment at a family gathering lit a fuse from within and she embarked on a year where she would grab hold of opportunities that came her way even if they terrified her.
What I liked about this book was that despite Rhimes being uber-rich/talented/successful, she starts telling her story before her ‘Year of Yes’ and then chronicles the realisations she discovered throughout. She explains how an introvert who is terrified of being in the spotlight can still be an award-winning television writer/producer. If she hadn’t of taken the time to paint this picture she would have lost the reader before the end of chapter 1.
The narrative is clever, witty and heartwarming and the book was a ‘good’ read. Her intent for the ‘Year of Yes’ may have started out as a way to increasing her RSVP rate, but the experience developed into so much more and influenced her family life, friendships and her sense of self.
Grab a copy for yourself here