Take It from Me by Erin Brockovich
Life's a Struggle But You Can Win

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Erin Brockovich, a household name. Millions who have seen the movie Erin Brockovich have been inspired by her gutsy accomplishments. Julia Roberts, who won the Oscar for her starring role, calls Erin Brockovich "her hero." Tony Robbins, motivational giant, calls her "an incredible role model and example about what is truly possible." Without formal legal training - or much education at all, she is now highly regarded by the legal community. Companies like Miller Brewing and Toyota, women's forums, and trial lawyer's associations currently pay her $25,000 a shot for her lectures. She is literally the poster child for proving you can overcome any obstacle if you are determined enough and believe in yourself. With a thriving lecture series, continued work in the legal community as Director of Environmental Research, a talk-show in development, and more, Erin Brockovich is here to stay. To recap her inspiring story: Erin was a divorced mother struggling to raise three kids on $800 a month when she set off the investigation that forced a utility company to pay $333 million for leaking a known carcinogen into the water supply of a small California town. She was rewarded with a surprise $2 million dollar bonus for her efforts, but the real pay-offs were the respect she earned, the self-esteem she built, and the knowledge that she could accomplish anything by calling on her inner strength. Thanks to the movie of her David versus Goliath struggle and victory, Brockovich is now famous, but still fighting. She's currently researching numerous new toxicpollution cases. "We're going to make a difference," she says, "I absolutely believe that." This is what her book is about. In Take It From Me!, Erin herself provides readers with the motivational strategies and tactics that led her to find her inner strength and teaches readers how to use their own inner strength for amazing success. The book helps to answer the question Erin gets asked most often - in her lecture series, on "Oprah," by producers, reporters, and all the people who walk up to her at the supermarket: "Erin, how do you do it?" To succeed against overshelming odds - dead-end jobs, dead-end relationships, dyslexia, you name it - she had to find and free the power and force of her own inner strength, the inner strength that is there in everyone. While her story is wellknown, readers will find her advice surprisingly insightful, fresh, and accessible: * Sometimes you have to do what seems impossible because you have to. I have learned that some "choices" we make aren't choices at all, merely capitulation to our weaknesses. To develop you inner strength, you must push yourself to do your best, especially when you aren't sure you can, because You Can Because You Have To. * If you are so lonely you feel like sitting in the corner and shaking, stop feeling sorry for yourself and use that energy to find someone to share your life with. You don't need to be rescued, rescue yourself. Erin weaves her advice with her own personal stories - many of which she tells for the first time - including lessons she has learned long after the movie events ended. In this inspiring book, co-authored by New York Times bestselling celebrity collaborator Marc Eliot, Erin provides readers with the insight to put them on the path to discover the inner strength to empower themselves, no matter how great the challenge, no matter how impossible the obstacles. Erin Brockovich is more than just a movie - and she's got a lot more stories to tell and advice to offer to all who admire her.

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Erin Brockovich is the real-life inspiration for the Oscar-winning movie that bears her name. Today, she continues her legal work as a director of environmental research and is involved in consulting on numerous toxic waste investigations. Brockovich is active on the motivational speaking circuit with a thriving lecture series and has a television talk show in development. Marc Eliot is a New York Times bestselling celebrity collaborator. He has coauthored numerous books including Kato Kaelin: The Whole Truth, Down 42nd Street: Sex, Money, Politics, the Mob, and Disney at the Crossroads of the World, and Barry White: Love Unlimited.
Published October 15, 2001 by McGraw-Hill Companies. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Though collaborator Eliot (Love Unlimited, 1999, etc.) was presumably brought in to polish the prose, he left an awful lot of exclamation marks, as well as such oddities as “my postmovie life has been a wild ride, at times enervating, at times nerve-wracking.” As heartfelt as it is breathless: ad...

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Motivational authors often tell stories of triumphing over adversity, but few become the powerful cultural icon that Brockovich has, complete with an Oscar-winning movie bearing her name.

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