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.
He could always spot media bias when it cropped up, but it didn’t make him bitter, and I tried to adopt his attitude. It was the best way to approach the job and to keep from getting depressed or mean. Tony put up a valiant fight against cancer, but ultimately he did not win it. He died on July 12, 2008, the morning after the President and his staff arrived back from the G8 meeting in Japan. I was woken up by a phone call from Ed Henry, who was the White House correspondent for CNN. I pretended
of the surge. We followed the election closely, of course, but President Bush wasn’t on the ballot so the main media attention was appropriately focused on the candidates, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. For any President who has served two terms, the next election means becoming the target for all things old and washed up and wrong with Washington. This was especially true for President Bush. In 2008, America wanted something new and different, so everyone was distancing themselves from
to how people will react to my words, but not so timid that my commentary is sanitary and ineffective. I look at it this way—I don’t ever want to apologize for something I’ve said, but I want to be gracious enough to be ready to apologize if I ever need to. My answers to those questions have come gradually and after some trial and error. In my own life, personally and professionally, I’ve realized that being civil is an active decision that I get to choose to make several times a day. That’s
looking back at clips, I’m amazed that after all the news I consumed, I still emerged as I did. The first Presidential election I really paid attention to was in 1988 when George H. W. Bush ran against Michael Dukakis. I grew up admiring Ronald Reagan and Vice President Bush, and if I were old enough, I would have voted for 41. I was glad he won. But four years later when I was in college, I almost voted for Bill Clinton. I went to one of his campaign rallies in Pueblo, Colorado, and I don’t
you stand up, it is too short for the office. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in and that will earn you compliments. Of course, the best topper of any outfit is a great attitude, so smile—you’re going to work! DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT ANY OF THE CAREER CHOICES YOU MADE UP UNTIL THIS POINT? WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE CHOICES? One of the best lessons I learned from President Bush is “You don’t get do-overs.” So I’ve learned to let go of regrets. But of course, I look back and wish that