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Everything Will Be Okay
Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)
By Dana Perino
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Young women seek out advice from Dana Perino every day—at work, through friends, and on social media. The story of her own quarter-life crisis, And the Good News Is… Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, brought countless readers to her inbox looking for guidance. Through her mentorship program, "Minute Mentoring," Dana quickly realized that quarter-life crises have begun following young women well into their thirties. Many of them are distressed but conceal it with a brave face. Unfortunately, too much of that can be—and is—exhausting.
To help address these challenges, EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY covers such topics as:
How to manage your relationships (colleagues, family, love)…
How to be your best self on the job…
How to gauge if you're on the right career path…
How to transition from junior staffer to boss lady…
How to solve the biggest problems you're facing…
How to move past perceived obstacles…
For everyone from the job-seeker fresh out of college to the ambitious career woman looking to make her next big jump up the ladder, EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY has tips, advice, and reassurance for young women everywhere.
I got a call from a young woman in Washington DC seeking some advice. She had a problem at work and was quite upset. Her office supervisor wanted her to do something that she was very uncomfortable with—make a public statement under her own name using language and a tone that she thought was disrespectful and unproductive.
“Then don’t say it. Absolutely do not do it,” I said.
“I don’t think I can refuse,” she said. She was afraid she’d be fired if she didn’t comply, that she didn’t have the gravitas to decline. “I’m not Dana Perino,” she said.
“Well, how do you think I became Dana Perino?” I asked.
I’d had times in my career when I’d faced the same problem. I knew that pit of worry and fear that can make you nearly sick to your stomach when you think you’re trapped or stuck (you’re not!).
I suggested she rewrite the statement in her own words—if her name was going on it, then she had to take ownership of the opportunity.
You see, while she was worried that she was going to lose her job or be pushed aside, hurting her career plans, I had an alternative view—that if she didn’t stick up for herself and do the right thing, the experience would chip away at her confidence and could hurt her career in a different way in the long run.
I told her that personal integrity is her most valuable asset—she had to fiercely protect it. And that suggesting the changes to the statement with dignity and grace would make her stronger the next time she confronted a challenge.
And the good news is… she rewrote the points in a way that made her feel comfortable and that satisfied her boss. Win-win.
Now—let’s do you.
What Are We Doing Here?
The hardest part of any workout is the first step out the door—but if you make it to the gym, you’re always glad you did.
It’s the same with opening a book of advice.
So, congratulations! You made it to page 1.
I promise this will be worth your time (and you won’t have to break a sweat!).
Ever since the spring of 2015 when I wrote And the Good News Is… Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, the mentoring chapter is the one I am most often asked about when talking with young women.
I still get emails about my suggestion to stop wearing UGGs to work (and other tips for professional attire), that young women shouldn’t shuffle around the office, seeming to be barely interested in their work. (Pick up your feet!)
I’m often credited for helping readers break the habit of overusing exclamation points(!!!)—doing so causes unnecessary panic and doesn’t present an “I can handle this” image.
The advice on bigger-picture issues helped my readers, too—such as, not being afraid to move to a new town for work or other opportunities. And that choosing to be loved is not a career-limiting decision (and sometimes you should move for love… but maybe not after one date).
Oh, and this one was memorable, too: Find your strong voice—and then use it wisely.
I’m grateful that my advice has apparently been helpful to quite a few people. That mentoring chapter packed a punch. And it was just a slice of the conversations I’ve had with and stories I’ve heard from so many young women who I’ve tried to help during the first phase of their careers.
Those early years are when you get your first job and love going to work every day. Then suddenly you grow out of that first position and can’t wait to get on to your next role.
That’s also when you’re trying to decide what direction to go in and whether you even want to be in a particular industry or follow a certain profession. You may start questioning your choices from college—what you majored in may have been interesting but it may not have been a good choice for helping you reach your financial goals (yes, Dad, I know—I should have taken more business courses!).
Those early career days are when you start asking yourself, When should I leave a job? How do I move on without burning a bridge? How can the next move get me closer to achieving long-term goals?
You might notice that young men your age seem to get promoted sooner than young women—you think that’s unfair but are unsure how to deal with it (trust me—taking up smoking cigars, going out for beers, or buying expensive golf clubs to try to fit in with them is not the answer).
The first few years can be exciting and fun, while also being confusing and difficult. Hey, they call it work for a reason.
And soon enough, you’re making the transition from your first job to your second or third job. That’s when—hopefully—everything starts falling into place. But that’s also when the decisions you make begin to carry a lot more weight. The stakes are raised.
In your mid to late twenties, you gain more responsibility and you work much longer hours. It’s also when you’re trying to be taken more seriously and you may have to fight to be in the room for important meetings. You’re not the boss yet—but you’re also not a junior staffer anymore. You’re expected to get results and earn your keep. The pressure builds.
And all of this is going on while you’re trying to have an enjoyable personal life as well. You might be getting pressure from family or friends for working too much. You’re wondering when you’re going to meet a stable, responsible, goal-oriented, and attractive life partner who makes you laugh like crazy. You want to get a dog (but don’t do it yet!). You want it all—and quickly. But you realize it is not happening as you imagined it would.
Your thoughts race. I’m even typing faster now.
How do I know what you’re thinking?
Because not so long ago, I was you. I went through all of this. I made mistakes along the way—many, in fact. I wish I had this book when I was first starting out.
That said, everything turned out well. (I even got the dog.)
And here’s what I want you to know. You’re not alone in thinking or feeling the way you do. There are millions of young women in your age group that are trying to figure it out. Sometimes knowing that you aren’t the only one with these worries can help. No—you’re not crazy.
And I’m here to tell you there are ways to push through this period and come out happier and more fulfilled on the other side. There is no magic formula—if it were that simple, everyone would know what to do. But there are some basic—and important—things every young woman facing these decisions should know.
So why learn the hard way? As the book’s subtitle says, I’m a former young woman myself. I’ve already made the mistakes. I’ve been through it.
Let me tell you what I learned:
I’ve always found career decision making fascinating, and I have an open door for young professionals who come to me for advice. (Guys come see me, too! A lot of this advice applies to everyone.) I try to help them feel better when they’re leaving my office than when they entered. It almost always works.
But over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed something that’s really started to bother me: the quarter-life crisis (that’s age twenty-five or so) that I wrote about in 2015 is following young women well into their thirties and beyond.
This is how it usually goes: You’ve moved up from your first job, but you’re not quite at the level you think you should be in terms of stature or compensation. You feel like you’ve done everything right. Your reviews from your supervisors are solid. You’ve brought a few good projects over the finish line. You don’t wear UGGs to meetings or file your nails in the lunchroom. You’re ready for your next step, but there’s no position available that fits the moment.
You’re facing an achievement gap—jobs you’d like to have require five to seven years of experience and you only have four. As a result, your résumé gets shuffled to the bottom of the pile. Your CV has the boss’s coffee rings on it. It’s sitting on her desk under three years of J.McLaughlin catalogues.
Meantime, you thought you’d have a house or family by now. Finding a life partner and having children feels very far off or even unreachable. Instead of feeling like you have momentum, you feel stuck. The most interesting thing in your life is a new Netflix series about some nut who lives with tigers. Nothing is turning out the way that you imagined it would. Dashed dreams fuel anxiety. Deep breaths and restful nights are harder to come by. While you try to maintain a positive attitude, you feel the pressure of time. Ticktock, ticktock.
Every day, the calendar reminds you that you’re behind where you want to be or in comparison to your friends and peers (who, by the way, are having similar thoughts no matter what they say). You want to make a change, to be considered someone capable of doing more at the office, someone who would make a wonderful boss, a terrific wife, an amazing mother, and maybe even run for office one day. Or at least run an office one day. But everything feels on hold.
My concern: the temporary crisis threatens to settle into a way of life. And I’m alarmed you are so consumed by your worries that it’s coming across as a lack of confidence and preventing you from living a joyful life. You want to pull the rip cord on your angst, but you’re afraid that if you stop worrying, you won’t achieve your goals. With this pattern, you’ll never break out of the negative cycle.
Here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be this way. This is a problem that can be solved. There are things you can do to break out of quarter-life-crisis mode.
There has never been a better time to be a young, educated woman in America. Being born in the United States means you’ve already won the lottery of life.
Let me tell you a story about how important and valuable your education is.
Several years ago, a friend of mine married a great guy: handsome, mature, funny—and an actual nuclear physicist! They wanted to try to adopt a child. Soon after the wedding, they signed up with an adoption agency, prayed that a baby would become a part of their lives, and waited for a call.
A few years went by and the phone didn’t ring too much. They started to think it might not happen.
But before they lost hope, they tried one other adoption agency.
Fast-forward a few weeks. I’d called her to ask if she could participate in a mentoring event I was going to co-host in DC. She sounded rushed on the phone.
“I’d love to, but I’m frantically buying plane tickets to Florida. We’ve been chosen to adopt a baby. The mother is in labor, so we have to hurry,” she said.
Hang up. Pack. Run to the airport. Fly. Experience a miracle. Become a mother.
Blessings abounded. The baby girl was healthy and the adoption was going smoothly. Still, the biological parents had ten days to change their minds and keep their child.
But they didn’t. Instead, they suggested the two couples have dinner before they said good-bye. My friend’s parents, who lived in Florida, volunteered to watch over their new granddaughter that evening. As they headed to the dinner, they were nervous. What would they talk about? How would it go? Would it be okay? They weren’t sure they could fully express their gratitude.
Over the meal, my friend’s husband asked the biological father, “What made you choose us?”
The answer: education.
The father said he watched the video my friends had made for the adoption agency a few times. In it, they showed their home, the neighborhood parks, and their favorite place to walk on Saturdays to get fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Lots of the videos from other prospective parents were similar.
But there was something in their video that stood out from the others he’d seen.
Toward the end of it, my friend’s husband said into the camera, “And we will do everything we can to send her to college.”
And that was it.
“I realized that I could never send her to college. And that will make such a difference for her,” he said.
College—think about what that meant to them and what they were willing to do to ensure their daughter could get the education she needed to succeed in life.
Now, I’m not saying everyone needs to go to college; there are lots of different paths for people to take in life—that’s true. And many of today’s collegiate paths lead to some pretty, um, odd places. (Try avoiding a major in Bigfoot studies.) But everyone needs to be educated in order to succeed. And by far, college attendance correlates to increased opportunity and more wealth accumulated over a lifetime.
Consider this—according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, someone earning a bachelor’s degree will be worth more than $2.8 million on average over a lifetime. And they’ll earn 31 percent more than people who get an associate degree, and 84 percent more than people graduating from high school with no additional education. This is why so many parents want their children to go to college. (That doesn’t mean it has to be Ivy League—hey, look at me… no Ivy here! Only go to an Ivy League school if you can afford it and want to major in comedy writing. Their sports teams will give you all the material you need. My colleague Greg Gutfeld did this, but they made him the mascot. That’s where he got those sweaters he wears on The Five.)
In the chapters ahead, you’ll find practical advice that you can immediately use to improve your day-to-day work experience. I’ll give you some tips taken from my own time as a young staffer to my time now as an observer of younger people, lurking in windows and storefronts as I do on the occasional windswept evening.
Think of me as your manager and your mentor, representative of the Generation X bosses out there. In time, you’ll be the top dog, but until then, these pointers can immediately help you at work.
We’ll also tackle how to answer some of the biggest questions you have, providing new ways to look at your career and your life. (Trust me—you’re not the first person who wondered if leaving a sushi roll in her cubicle desk drawer for two weeks could be career ending. I assure you it could.)
And we’ll talk about relationships and the important things you can do to build upon love and commitment—and finding someone to share all of it with—because in a few years (or right this minute!) you’ll very much want that. Especially after a couple of Aperol Spritzes and a Ryan Gosling double feature.
I don’t have all the answers, but here’s some good news: you already have the solutions to the problems you’re trying to solve. You already have everything you need. It’s all inside of you, waiting to be tapped. All I’m going to do is help you turn on the spigot. And yeah, that’s a gross metaphor. But who cares? We’ll be going through it together.
You’ve got this.
Who Is Dana Perino Anyway?
For many of you, this might be the first time you’re ever hearing of me or reading something I wrote. You may have been given this book by someone who loves you—a parent or grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or maybe even a boss or mentor. I imagine if you aren’t into politics or don’t watch cable news, you may have no idea who I am. Therefore, you may be wondering, Why in the world should I read a book of advice by Dana Perino?
Allow me to introduce myself. I’ll make this relatively quick—but the story of my life and career path will give you a better sense of who I am. And I’ll provide some of the key foundational advice that I learned along the way.
Today I anchor The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News Channel, and I’m a co-host on the panel show The Five. I’m grateful to be on the election coverage team, to have had a podcast with my co-host Chris Stirewalt called I’ll Tell You What, and to host Dana Perino’s Book Club on Fox Nation.
I’m married to a British-born now American citizen, Peter McMahon (much more on this guy in a bit). Yet one of the reasons many people follow me is because they love my dog, Jasper. He’s a Hungarian vizsla, the second of that breed Peter and I have raised. Years ago, on a show called Red Eye, I said I’d share my dog with everyone and nicknamed him “Jasper, America’s Dog.” Ever since, Jasper has had his own fan club and sometimes people stop us just to get a photo with him. (I’m not jealous…)
So, with a supportive husband in Peter and a loyal companion in Jasper, I find myself at forty-eight, doing everything I ever wanted to do in a career—it just took me a while and a circuitous route to get here.
Along the way, I had the best opportunity of my life—to be the first woman to serve as the White House press secretary in a Republican administration.
It all began in Wyoming (go Cowgirls!). I might be the only person you’ve ever “met” that came from the Equality State (so named because it was the first to grant women the right to vote in 1869).
My mom, Janice Marie Brooks, grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming (a small, dusty, and windy town with a strong neighborly feel). If you ever drive across the country, you’ll likely take I-80 and go right through it. My mom’s parents were entrepreneurs and ran the Uptown Motel when I was a kid.
My grandfather, Thomas R. Brooks, served in the army in Europe during World War II. My grandmother Dorothy “Dot” H. Brooks was a riveter in Denver (she even looked like Rosie). They married as soon as he got home from the war, and they honeymooned by road-tripping to Niagara Falls. My mom was the firstborn, and her little sister is my aunt Patty Sue Schuler (APS for short).
Growing up, my sister and I spent time with my grandmother after my grandfather died. I loved her homemade meals—pot roasts, potatoes and carrots, and cherry pies. She let us pick the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms box of cereal. We could paint our nails garish colors. She had Jergens rose lotion in her bathroom and White Shoulders perfume on her dressing table.
We played a lot of card games, and she taught us to knock when our turn was over. We watched Wheel of Fortune as we sat in her big recliners, and when the news came on, she’d often say, “That Ronald Reagan sure does have a beautiful head of hair.”
My dad, Leo Earnst Perino, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota—about eighty miles east of my grandparents’ ranch in Newcastle, Wyoming. My great-grandparents emigrated from Italy, made their way to Wyoming, and homesteaded there in the Black Hills in the late 1800s. Over time, the ranch grew to be quite a large outfit and my uncle Matt Perino, his wife, Donna, and their sons and grandkids run it today.
I spent every summer and most holidays up there at the ranch. It is, by far, the place of my happiest childhood memories. It’s where I learned the things that really matter—the importance of faith, family, character, honesty, patriotism, hard work, and fun.
It’s also where I learned to bottle-feed a calf, ride a horse (starting with the pony my grandfather got me when I was a toddler—Sally), watch out for snakes, pick eggs, and enjoy a ride in the back of a pickup truck with the dogs as our pals. I came to appreciate fresh air, pine trees, rain after a dry spell, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and my grandfather’s salad dressing of white vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and a little bit of sugar. I don’t get back to the ranch often enough, and I’m grateful they welcome me with open arms whenever I can visit. In many ways and in certain moods or moments, this is who I feel I really am—a cowgirl who “went east.”
My parents moved to Denver, Colorado, when I was just over two years old. We lived in a small three-bedroom house. My sister, Angie, arrived two years later. While I was apparently very upset that I was kept home from school the day she was born, I came to adore her, and to this day she’s my very best friend. We had a dog named Joco and a few cats along the way. (I still cringe when I think of my dad finding out we’d snuck home a kitten from the ranch one summer. He threatened not to let us keep her, but she got to stay, thankfully. We’re sorry about that, Dad!)
For our early education, we walked to Ellis Elementary School (go Roadrunners!), and then we moved out to a more rural area, Parker, now a gigantic suburb that I barely recognize. They still have the old Pizza Hut, though, and I have fond memories of nights when my parents surprised us and said, “Let’s go out tonight,” and we’d get to go have dinner and play Pac-Man and Asteroids until the food arrived. Parker Junior High and Ponderosa High School were laid out so that you could see the Rocky Mountains and marvel that you got to live in that beautiful setting. I was on the speech team and the student council.
My sister and I had happy childhoods. We were loved and cared for. We had a lot of friends. And my parents worked hard to ensure we had good educations. My mom helped nurture us along the way, making sure we could take care of ourselves while knowing she was there if we needed her. She was a great role model.
Lesson alert #1: READ all you can and all the time
Education started at home. I learned to read early on, and my mom would struggle to keep me in books. I would read two library books in the back seat of the car by the time we got home—and we could only check out seven books at a time. So, I would just read them over and over again.
One time when we went to Target, my parents let me stay in the book section while they did the shopping. When they came to get me, I’d already read Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume. I asked if we still had to buy it. My parents said yes, we did. With their example of making sure authors get paid for their work, I still buy books and subscribe to multiple news outlets.
I can point to one specific thing my dad did with me that helped me have the career I have today. When I was in third grade, he assigned me to read the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post every day before he got home from work (I loved assignments!). I had to choose two articles to discuss with him before dinner. He would ask me lots of questions about why I made my selections, what I thought of the stories, and then he’d debate other points of view that should be considered. Of all the things that helped in the communications business, this was probably the most important. For those of you who are contemplating (or experiencing!) parenthood, I’d say it’s something worth considering—even in our digital age.
We were a newsy family. We got all the magazines and my dad and I would dog-ear pages and circle articles we wanted to discuss with each other later. As a family, we always watched the evening news and my parents set the alarm clock on the stove on Sunday evenings, because I had to come in from playing in the backyard in time for 60 Minutes (what we could have done with a DVR in those days!). When I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would say, “News anchor.” I never wavered on that. It was my plan.
Fast-forward. After getting good grades in high school and competing on the forensics team (speech and debate, not Law & Order / CSI), I took my dad’s advice and applied to a smaller school over the big one I wanted to go to (you know, the kind with the football team, the sororities, and the parties). University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) is where I landed for college with a full-ride scholarship. I worked at the PBS television station on campus—producing shows, even hosting one (burn the tapes!). From there I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois-Springfield and studied public affairs reporting.
Lesson alert #2: If there’s one thing you should absolutely focus on improving while you’re in college or landing that first job, it’s your writing style
I learned a lot in grad school about news writing. I’ll never forget when all eighteen of us in the program failed our first writing assignment. We were shocked and embarrassed. But the professor was correct—we didn’t write well. He needed to get us to a professional level and quickly. Over those months, and after all that schooling (K–12, college, and graduate school), we finally became better writers.
I wish that I’d focused more on writing when I was in college or that I’d had tougher instruction, because I really had to do a lot of catching up. I was a little ashamed that I didn’t have better writing skills—again that feeling of inadequacy. You might feel that way, too. Well, there’s no shame in working on getting better at something so important, especially when it comes to communications and writing.
Employers should not have to be the training ground for good writing, though in my experience, that’s more often the case than not.
How can you set yourself apart from the get-go when it comes to your peers? Having better writing skills is key. Once you have greater competence in writing, a lot of other things, like promotions and more responsibility at work, fall into place. It’s an important part of making sure that everything will turn out well for you.
If this is an area you need to focus on, there are many books written about writing (I love to read those), and they are worthy of your time.
Some of my favorites:
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett
There are also several podcasts on writing that I like, including these:
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Write about Now, with Jonathan Small
A Way with Words, with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
Mad Dogs & Englishmen, with Kevin Williamson and Charles C. W. Cooke (this isn’t a podcast about language, but their command of English is incredible)
Investing in improving your ability to communicate with the written word will pay dividends for the rest of your career. Besides, one day you’ll have to help a young new staffer learn how to write better for your workplace. Let them see how you edit documents, and consider something I’ve found very helpful—I will copy or forward to junior staffers emails that I’ve written to colleagues or higher-ups, so they can see how I like it done.
- "Oh! How I wish I’d had this book when I hit my 'quarter-life crisis' and I will buy EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY for my daughter and all her friends who are there now. Dana’s American-made wisdom is a cocktail of integrity, faith, and Western grit. She makes it look easy, but we all know it is not and here she poignantly shares what pulled her through the tough moments. Dana curls up on the couch with a cup of tea and a plan for us all, young, and 'formerly young,' consistently pulling us back around to focus on what really matters, on the way to achieving our dreams."—Martha MacCallum
- "Dana Perino has given us a clear-eyed, practical guide that even those of us who, like Dana, are 'formerly young women' will benefit from. Her self-deprecating humor shines through on these pages with advice that’s tried and true, and that folks will return to time and time again. From 'stepping into the uncomfortable' to 'finding your strong voice' and learning to use it (even when you don’t feel 100 percent comfortable), Dana’s advice is relevant whether you are just starting out, or navigating a mid-career pivot. You’ll find much to love and great tools for your personal arsenal in these pages."—Laura Cox Kaplan, creator and host of the She Said/She Said podcast
- "Young women need role models. I know that if I was in my twenties, Dana Perino would be someone I would look up to for advice on navigating my way through society, my career, and adulthood. EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY is like having a conversation with Dana. She is witty, engaging, sophisticated, graceful and generous. Through this book, she will guide countless young women through right and wrong. By the end of it, she won’t just seem like your role model, but also your friend."—Ayaan Hirsi Ali, New York Times bestselling author of HERETIC
- "The best way to reassure people is to give them good information. That’s what Dana Perino does for young women in this engaging guide to life and work. From clearing your inbox to clearing your mind, if you follow the advice in this book, you’ll be well on your way to much more than okay."—Meg Jay, PhD, bestselling author of THE DEFINING DECADE
- "Women helping women is the name of the game, but many women don't know where to start when looking for a mentor. If you want the tools to succeed with the no nonsense advice you need to get there, buy this book. In EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, Dana achieves the perfect combination of intelligence, strength and humor to help you achieve your goals and own your power. Every young woman who wants to chart their path and never look back should have this book."—Lydia Fenet, author of THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE ROOM IS YOU
“You know a book by a trailblazing White House press secretary will be written with unusual clarity. What might surprise you here, though, is the utter absence of spin. Dana Perino is full of relatable stories and authentic advice—reading this is the next best thing to being mentored by her.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and ORIGINALS, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
PRAISE FOR DANA PERINO:"This book is a gem--modest and moving, clear and unpretentious. It gives the kind of practical and even ethical advice everyone starting out needs, but it's also funny and full of great stories. Dana is a true role model."—Peggy Noonan
- "Part autobiography, part memoir of a press secretary in the White House, part career and life guidance, and part appeal to civility, Dana Perino's AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... is all parts captivating."—Donna Brazile
- "A lovely memoir, both charming and wise, studded with invaluable life lessons garnered on her fascinating journey to the highest levels of media and government. A wonderful read."—Charles Krauthammer
- "A wonderful book. A book full of the love of life. And full of gratitude. This book is blessedly free of cynicism, irony, posing. It's straight. It's good. And obviously a total reflection of its author."—Jay Nordlinger, National Review
“I am an old man and I learned how to be a better father and better boss reading [Dana's] book and a better person reading [Dana's] book. I hope everyone will go get it. And you are welcome to give it as a gift to your daughters and granddaughters and young women in your life, but you want to get a copy for yourself because it will make you better.”—Trey Gowdy, Trey Gowdy Podcast
“Now, let’s be honest: It’s Dana’s own fault that she had to write this book. You see, her last one, And the Good News Is . . . Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, kicked off a very personal mentoring passion, as she communicated with countless young women in their early 20s who reached out about the almost-overwhelming distress caused by our modern times. Here’s the pitch: If you have a daughter or granddaughter who is this book’s sweet spot, consider getting Everything Will Be Okay. Waddleyaget? A ton of common sense and wisdom: Dana delivers with guidance on topics as managing relationships (colleagues, family, love) . . . being your best self on the job . . . gauging if the chosen career path is the right one . . . how to transition from junior staffer to Da Boss . . . solving problems and finding that oh-so-needed serenity . . . and maybe even figuring how to make your worries the stuff that actually fuels solutions.”—Jack Fowler, National Review
“I had to remind myself this was for women. Because I’m picking up most of this stuff as it goes across lines.”—Brian Kilmeade, Brian Kilmeade Show
“Reading your book is good I think for a man, particularly in leadership, just to have that perspective."—Richard Rierson, Dose of Leadership podcast
“That’s one of the best openings of a book that you’ll ever see. That, by the way, that advice is worth the price of the book just that advice and you got it in the first paragraph.”—Scott Adams, Coffee with Scott Adams
“The book is absolutley incredible and I think everyone needs Dana Perino as a mentor and the book is just that in written form."—Caity McDuffee, Daily Caller
“I love this book. I read it. It’s beautiful. The lessons you give not only apply to young women, older women, senior women, mature women, but some of you men can take a lesson or two.”—Donna Brazille, Fox News Channel
“This book is chock full of good advice.”—Savannah Guthrie, Today Show
“The most important takeaway about this book it’s not just for women. I think it’s important especially if you are in a managerial position in any vocation. A dad. You are managing young women—I think it’s important to read.”—Mitch Roschelle, NoPo Podcast
“Perino’s offering is generous, insightful, and, at just the right times, quite funny. Reading the book felt like listening to the wisdom of someone who genuinely cares about the future of young people.”—Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Sentinel
“If you're seeking career advice, perhaps listen to the woman who became a White House press secretary turned successful Fox News anchor. Dana Perino did young women everywhere a favor by penning a second book about what it takes to fulfill their career dreams.”—Cortney O’Brien, Townhall
“While I agree that Dana’s book offers terrific advice for young women, it offers pretty good tips for the rest of us too. Take it from this old guy, letting go of worry and trusting God is a good starting point for positive change in one’s life.”—John W Kennedy, Beliefnet
- “Even if you don’t consider yourself a 'young woman' or a 'career woman,' you’ll still get a lot out of this book. There’s a lot of heart and humor in this book and it’s got peak Dana Perino vibes...While she’s obviously had a successful career, she’s not one of those people that hoards her advice for the elite or doesn’t share it with those who may compete. This book is basically the mentor you’ve always wanted.”—Future Female Leaders
“I love your brand new book...I would argue the book is chock-full of stuff that is good for either gender. These are great life lessons. I would encourage you to get copies for every young woman in your life. I will be giving this as graduation presents to everyone. It really is the most practical guide I’ve seen for 20 and 30 somethings really walking through what you need to get control of your career and life and to have joy in all of it.”—Shannon Bream
- “EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY is a book full of hope and promise and possibility. Dana Perino reminds us that the twists and turns that feel unexpected are central to the journey to becoming who you are meant to be.”—Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- “Dana Perino has taken her passion for mentoring young women and articulated it with wit and advice in her new book...so well that she has lived up to that promise to be that person the younger you needed; specifically, a young woman just entering the workforce. It is just the clear-eyed read needed for all of us as we begin to restart professional lives stalled for over a year.”—Washington Examiner
- "A modern Emily Post etiquette book.”—Sonya Medina Williams
- “Dana, you are amazing. I’m so glad you wrote this book for young people like myself, so we can walk on a good path and a good track. You’ve given us a lot of good advice.”—Sadie Robertson, 'Whoa That’s Good' Podcast
- “I love [EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY]. Everybody should read it, no matter if you are a man or woman or what age you are, because it’s full of great tips.”—Margaret Spellings
“Go read [EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY]. Buy it for your daughters, granddaughters, any young women getting into the work force that you know.”—IHeartMedia/KHOW Ross Kaminsky Show
“I...hope you will share [EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY] with the young women in your life, so they can learn from this remarkable, successful American. Dana is the perfect example of somebody who has both a private lesson for young ladies and a public life they can learn from and the combination is just amazing. I think that she really exemplifies the potential you have if you believe in yourself and if you are willing to persevere and willing to learn and willing to recognize that sometimes you are going to fall down but you can get back up. In that sense, you have been just a remarkable role model and I’m really so glad you put that in a form that everyone can have access to.”—Newt Gingrich, Newt’s World Podcast
“There is more to Dana than just smarts and talent. She is not just a terrific role model for women and empowerment, but, and here’s the kicker, huge success has never gone to Dana’s head. Not for a minute. At heart she’s a kind and decent and giving person who will go out of her way to help others.”—John Heubusch, Reagan Library
“I recommend [EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY] for any young woman who is starting out in their career. I also recommend it for mothers of people in that position because it gives you a language to speak to your daughters. I highly recommend this wonderful read. Dana really does curl up with you like with a cup of tea and talk through your plan. Very reassuring at any age.”—Martha MacCallum, Reagan Library
“I love Dana’s books. I love the way she writes. I love that she has optimism and knowledge and draws from her own experiences. She has a way of cutting through real problems and putting things succinctly and giving actual solutions.”—Kennedy, Kennedy Saves The World
- On Sale
- Mar 15, 2022
- Page Count
- 256 pages