And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
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From facing professional challenges and confronting personal fears to stepping up to a podium for a President, Dana has come to expect the unexpected and has an uncanny ability to find the good news in any tough situation. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS . . . takes us from her Western childhood in Wyoming and Colorado to a chance meeting on an airplane that changes her life entirely. Then, with refreshing honesty and humor, she recounts her frustration with a string of unsatisfying jobs and living circumstances until a key career tip leads her back to Washington, D.C. to work for the Bush Administration.
Dana also shares here her best work and life lessons-tips that will help you to get your point across convincingly while allowing your own grace and personality to shine through. As someone who still believes in working together to solve the problems our nation faces, Dana offers clear, practical advice on how to restore civility to our personal and public conversations. The result is a fascinating read that can help anyone become more successful, productive, and joyously content.
now that I was sitting beside Dana, I didn’t know what to say, so I quietly opened my book and started reading. Dana then asked me a question about the book, John le Carré’s The Tailor of Panama, and we started talking. Conversation came very easily, and before we knew it, we were almost telling our life stories. She was clearly much younger than me, so pretty that I considered her out of my league, and lived in America. In addition, I was coming out of a marriage and was in no way seeking any
you that I’ve worked for three presidents—Reagan, Bush 41, and this President. And a President never knows who it’s going to be that writes something like this while they’re in office, but it’s always going to be somebody. So a President can’t worry about it. He just has to do his best and make decisions without regard to who might want to write a book in the middle of his administration.” I thanked him for putting it in perspective, but after he left, I went right back to reading all of the
not being such a nice person after all. He let me off the hook (and reminded me what President Bush had taught me—forgiveness is the key to being happy in work and life. Bob does that naturally). It wasn’t the first time I relied on his good nature. On election night in November 2012, the Republican Party lost big time. A lot of us had false hope that Mitt Romney could beat President Obama. For a couple of weeks before the election, Bob warned us it didn’t look good for the GOP. He wasn’t
handsome, pretty, skinny, funny, secure, rich, talented, or smart enough. They fret about not being as good a spouse, parent, sibling, neighbor, and friend as they want to be. We send ourselves negative messages the moment we wake up before we get out of bed, then all day long as we try to pack as much as possible into our days, and then when we try to go to sleep and can’t turn off the voices. It takes concentration and effort to overcome those habits. Some of them are impossible to stop—for
Throughout And the Good News Is… I shared behind-the-scenes moments with President George W. Bush to show what kind of a leader he was when the cameras weren’t there. These stories elicited the majority of the feedback, and so in the paperback edition, I decided to include more of them. Since I’d already told all of my best stories, I asked former colleagues and new friends if they had anything they’d like to share. I could have filled another book with their memories. I heard from people who