Elyse Stoner


The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks, PhD Harper One, 2009 The Idea When something good happens to you is your response, “I don’t deserve this” or “Well, that was a fluke” and then, consciously or subconsciously you sabotage yourself, your idea or situation? Gay Hendricks calls this phenomena the Upper Limit Problem and shares his philosophy of why we […]

Book Brief: Company of One by Paul Jarvis

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Company of One:  Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing For Business Paul Jarvis Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019   The Idea When business advisors talk about “scaling” and “VC” and “staffing up”, do your eyes bug out or glaze over… or both? Have you wondered if there’s something wrong with you if these aren’t ideas in your mission statement? In his book, Company of One: Why Staying Small is […]

Book Brief: Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

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Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur Cara Alwill Leyba Portfolio/ Penguin Random House, 2015, 2017 The Idea If you are a male entrepreneur, you may want to skip this month’s book review. This month, it’s all about the women, as Cara Alwill Leyba shares her coaching philosophies in the cloak of bright shininess and luxe living. This book evolved from her blog, […]

[Book Brief] Out To Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage

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Out To Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to The Freshman Voyage Kelly Radi 2016, Beaver’s Pond Press The Idea The author says it best: After watching a little pink plus sign slowly reveal itself on a stick twenty-two years ago, one of the first things I did was buy a book called What to Expect When You’re Expecting. This book became my pregnancy survival guide. I referenced it daily, comforted by advice […]

Book Brief: Lessons From the Pack

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Lessons From the Pack Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier 2017, National Geographic Partners The Idea In this book, celebrated dog behaviorist Cesar Millan shares his story and the eight major lessons he has learned from dogs. Part autobiography and part life value book, “Lessons from the Pack”s, is interspersed with celebrity client insights and childhood stories to reveal the lessons we can all learn from our four-legged friends. Recommended […]

Book Brief: “On Fire” by John O’Leary

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On Fire John O’Leary 2016, Gallery Books The Idea This book is a combination of autobiography and motivational tome. As a nine year-old, John O’Leary was burned over 100% of his body. He wasn’t expected to make it through the night, but yet here he is today as an adult, sharing seven life views on how to live a “radically inspired life”. As the book sleeve states, “Once expected to […]

Co-Existing in Tokyo

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I never imagined I’d go to Tokyo. I always said there was so much to see in the US that the thought of traveling overseas seemed so… foreign to me. But, in the Fall of 2016 I found myself with the opportunity to travel to Japan with a group of 12 -14 year old female gymnasts, two of their coaches, a parent chaperone and my husband, the delegation leader, for […]