Why Leave Your Mark is the New Must-Read
When I first met Aliza Licht it was at the SoHo DKNY store where BaubleBar was previewing their new DKNYxBaubleBar collection. I was excited for two reasons 1) this was one of the first fashion events I was ever invited too 2) This was the first time I would be meeting a TOF (Twitter Only Friend) in real life and to top that off is was DKNY PR GIRL, I was nervous and spent the first 30-mins walking aimlessly around the store working up the nerve to say hi. In retrospect I should not have been so nervous, Aliza was (and is) nice, warm, and ready to talk about anything. She quickly went from being a TOF to a IRL (In-Real Life) friend.
So why am I telling you this? Well because when I heard that Aliza was going to writing a how-to/mentoring book, the first thought (besides sending her a congrats tweet) was a flashback to that first meeting with her and how a how-to book is right in Aliza’s wheelhouse.
I’ve now read her new book Leave Your Mark and it’s more than just your typical how-to book, its a mentorship told through clever stories and real life experiences. After getting through Part I of the book my first thought was “where was this book 10yrs ago when I needed it?”, I was a college drop-out, working retail at Macy’s and would have killed for a book like this.
I’m now an almost 34-year old woman who is once again going through an identity crisis. I’m stuck between following my heart and my gut and following what I was brought up to accept. It’s a hard place to be but low and behold here I am. Reading the tales and advice in Leave Your Mark is like getting a breathe of fresh air into what I want to do.
If you are someone getting ready to graduate college or high school this book is now a must-read. I implore all you graduates to take sometime and read the valuable words Aliza has written, if they can inspire me, a woman in her 30’s, then they will certainty help those of you who are still trying to figure out where the roadmap of life is taking you.
If, like me, you are at a crossroads in your career, the biggest “lesson” I took away from this is that its not really too late to change it up. Don’t settle for sub-par when you know you are worth more than that or if what you thought was your dream job/career turns out to be anything but. You don’t need to spend the rest of your life wondering “what if” or “that’s just the way life is”, you can change your path but you have to have the will to do so.
You can trust that next time I see Aliza I am going to get her not just a hug of congrats because the book is amazing but also a hug of thanks because her book is inspiring.
Leave Your Mark is available for pre-order now and is available starting May 5th nationwide.