Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Summary

Shonda Rhimes
- 2015
Personal Development
This book is good to read when you feel stressed, tired.

Key Takeaways

  1. Saying 'yes' can open doors to opportunities and experiences that would otherwise remain closed.
  2. Facing fears and stepping out of comfort zones are essential for personal growth.
  3. Embracing change can lead to unexpected paths of success and fulfillment.
  4. Personal boundaries and self-care are important, even when embarking on a journey of 'yes'.
  5. The power of transformation lies in the willingness to accept and adapt to new challenges.


Shonda Rhimes recounts how saying 'yes' for a year changed her life, transforming her from an introverted television writer to a public figure embracing challenges that previously terrified her.

Rhimes shares the significant impacts these affirmations had on her personal life and career, from improving her health to deepening her relationships and boosting her career. Each 'yes' brought new challenges and revelations.

The book is filled with humorous, poignant, and inspiring stories that illustrate how stepping outside of one's comfort zone can lead to unexpected and enriching experiences.

Rhimes concludes by reflecting on the importance of maintaining balance and recognizing one's limits, even while pursuing a life of 'yes'. She advocates for the transformative power of openness and courage, providing a roadmap for others to follow.

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