Welcome to life, where no one is exempt from having to shovel the crap. Hollywood film producer, career coach to more than 1500 executives and entrepreneurs, advice blogger for The Huffington Post, advice columnist for the Washington Times Communities, upcoming radio host and bestselling author, Debbie Robins, shares her seven key strategies to achieve peace and happiness in Shovel It!: Kick-Ass Advice to Turn Life’s Crap Into the Peace and Happiness You Deserve (Alyson Books; November 2009; $14.95; ISBN 1-59350-120-4).
Written in a pull-no-punches tone and designed for real people with real-world challenges, Robins takes readers through a step-by-step guide to navigating and overcoming the large and small obstacles and frustrations that are inevitably part of life. Along with Robins’ crap-shoveling techniques, the book shares life strategies from her many mentors and friends: Deepak Chopra, Rosanna Arquette, Julia Ormond, Sandra Bernhard, the President of Sony Pictures, the former Commissioner of the LPGA, CCO of OgilvyWest, music phenom Daniel Powter, A list Hollywood writers/producers and directors, top environmentalists, Nobel Prize winners, and more.
“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t experience crap in their life. I know I do too, and it’s my willingness to successfully find my way through it that has created my unique brand of advice. Kick-Ass Advice focuses on tried-and-true techniques I have developed over many years for every challenge: career, relationship, money, family and spiritual crisis and the parallel emotions that these situations evoke: disappointment, hurt, anger, outrage, vengefulness, confusion, paralysis, anxiety, fear and low self-esteem,” says Robins. “Once crap happens, you have no choice but to move forward and deal with it. Kick-Ass Advice is chock full of how-to’s on navigating each situation and emerging the victor.”
For over twenty years Debbie was an established Hollywood film and television producer. Formerly the President of Roland Joffe’s Warner Brothers company, a Vice President at Disney and a producing partner with directors Penny Marshall, John McTiernan, and her husband, Hubert de La Bouillerie. Her films include: Calendar Girl, Amanda, Fat Man and Little Boy, The Right to Remain Silent, The Challenger, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, and internet webisodes, Boner the Dog.
In her 40’s, Robins decided to change careers and pursue work that would have more meaning and happiness for her. Robins received her Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and is affiliated with the Rockport Institute for Career Change in Washington, D.C., lauded by Bill Clinton as pioneers in the field. Today, Robins is a highly respected corporate, executive and career coach. To date she has successfully coached everyone from the executive team at Sony to fledgling small businesses to average citizens seeking a higher level of performance and a higher degree of happiness and success. Robins’ work has been endorsed by the likes of Deepak Chopra, Maria Shriver, Gore Vidal, Arianna Huffington, and more.
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