BOOK REVIEW: KRIS JENNER... AND ALL THINGS KARDASHIAN
Well guys, I have to admit something. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be talking about the Kardashians on my blog... Or any of my outlets, actually.
I swear, just typing the word Kardashian made me feel weird AF.
To be clear, I'm not hating. I think it takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it in the entertainment industry and these people have built an empire out of it. I totally respect that.
But reality TV has never really been my thing. I don't watch the Housewives, I don't watch... Actually, The Kardashians and The Housewives are the only reality TV show I can name off the top of my head. That should tell you just how out of the loop I am.
I totally don't judge people who choose to watch these shows though. I have my own mindless activities too and that's fine. We all need to mentally log off sometimes. But to me, reality TV always seemed like such a soul-sucking vortex or time-wasting, staged arguments and brainless drama, that I simply choose to stay FAR away from it all.
So it goes without saying that I don't know much about the Kardashians, except when something so "major" happens that it's litteraly more talked about than a presidential election. And when I don't know anything about a subject and have little interest for it, I don't talk about it. It's that simple.
That is until I was looking for some good reads, and I stumbled upon Kris Jenner... and all things Kardashian. As I've mentioned before, I like to read on a variety of subjects. I like mostly non-fiction, although I'll slip in the occasional novel here and there. I read on business and marketing, relationships, psychology, social studies, biographies and memoirs... What can I say, I like to switch it up.
At first, I thought "Oh, look at that, another book written by a reality TV person, LOL". But then I read the description and I was quite surprised. I had seen it reviewed before and decided that, what the hell, I'd give it a try.
And to my surprise, Kris Jenner... and all things Kardashian is part business manual, part memoir. You definitely don't need to know a lot about the Kardashians to enjoy this read. Of course, she does talk about her family and the phenomenon they've become, but the book is mostly about the way she got them there and her life before kids. How she paved the way for the life she lives today, if you will.
I have to admit, I have a new found respect for Kris Jenner and I have learned MANY valuable lessons from reading this book. Here are a few of them:
Know Yourself + What You Want From Life
According to her book, Kris Jenner knew what she wanted to be from a very young age. She wanted to be a wife and mom and be really good at it. Surprisingly, I have something in common with her: We're both very introspective.
(*On a side note, I have a post coming up on introspection and it's gonna be a good one, so stay tuned.)
Because she took the time to know herself and listened to her gut, she knew she wasn't happy in school and that wasn't the path for her. It also wasn't the way to go after what she wanted out of life. I think taking the time to really ask yourself what you want to be and make a clear plan is very important. We all know people who waste so much time working super hard for something, and then realize it's not even what they really want. Kris Jenner, not so much.
To me, that's a really important lesson, because it sets the foundation for everything. So take a 30 second break, and ask yourself what you want, what you really really want. And be honest about it. Because you can fool everyone else, but you'll never be happy if you're fooling yourself into doing what you think you should be doing, instead of what makes you happy.
Be Ready To Work Hard + Never Give Up
Before reading this book, I thought Kris Jenner probably came from a famous family and everything was given to her on a silver platter. Boy, was I wrong! I mean, yes, she's from southern California and not Botswana, but that's about it.
She came from a normal middle class family, her parents divorced when she was young and her dad wasn't around so much. Her stepfather struggled with alcoholism, and she worked a lot for the family business from a young age. Not only did I find even more similarities between Kris Jenner and myself here, but I also realized she's a baller workaholic. Everything she has, she built for herself.
Yes, she might have been at the right place at the right time more than once, but opportunities aren't worth shit unless you take them. She also worked her ass off, put a lot of energy into fostering meaningful relationships and persevered through everything.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is definitely "If someone says no, you're talking to the wrong person." PURE GOLD.
Be Nice To Everybody
That's another lesson I love because I always said this. Truth is, the annoying guy in front of you at Starbucks might be your new boyfriend's dad you have yet to meet. If that's the case, you can be sure the first time your man introduces you to his parents is gonna be REAL awkward if you can't resist but mumble audibly "Come on, make up your mind, asshole. It's just a damn coffee!".
Once, I was on my way to a job interview and I was having a shit day. The guy I was seeing at the time was being a jerk and I just had it with men. Then, on a street corner, an older man checked me out in the least subtle way ever. It wasn't inappropriate or disrespectful, he didn't scream "nice tits!" on the sidewalk, but it was clear he found me attractive. And it wasn't his fault I was pissed, but for a second, I almost blurted out "what do you want?!". Thank God, I was smart enough to keep my venom and anger to myself, and I just smiled back at him. When I got to the firm I was applying to, there he was, one of the most senior partners.
Can you imagine my embarrassment if I had told him to go fuck himself? Not only would I not have gotten the job, but I would have been mortified. Turns out I worked there for a 6 weeks contract, and he never showed any inappropriate behaviour the few times I was in contact with him. He didn't even seem to remember. But I can assure you that if I flipped him off, he for sure wouldn't have forgotten my face.
I find that being nice to people no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation and income level really has a lot of benefits. First, it feels good to be nice and kind. But also, you never know who's who and flipping off someone for no legitimate reason can really bite you in the ass in the long run.
This is an omnipresent value in Kris Jenner... and all things Kardashian.Maybe not that surprising from someone who's lifelong dream was to have 6 children. You can clearly see that Kris Jenner's priority is her children. AT. ALL. TIMES.
I know she has been criticized (like a lot of celebrity parents) for making money on the back of her children... But I personally think that bullshit. I haven't heard what any of the Kardashian daughters have to say about this, but it seems clear from the book that she asked all of them for their approval before embarking on the reality TV journey. And from all their businesses, TV shows, product endorsements and public appearances, it seems clear to me that they're enjoying it and they're along for the ride.
Truth is, no manager will ever have your interests at heart as much as your own mother. So hate all you want on "momagers", it takes a lot of dedication to devote your entire life to managing your children's careers.
In this book, Kris Jenner also talks about another important value: Don't take people for granted. I think that's a lesson worth remembering at all times. The harsh reality is, life is fragile and fickle. And you never know when's the last time you're gonna see someone. So don't hold a grudge, let people know you care about them... And don't be afraid to make the first move after a fight.
Phew, what a load of wisdom, amirite?! Honestly, I never thought I would say I have anything in common with Kris Jenner. But I definitely share her opinions on a lot of things and have a great admiration for her spirit and everything she's built for her family.
That woman definitely knows what she's doing and like it or not, she's SMART. She's a mastermind at what she does and she KNOWS her shit. If you've been entertained by the Kardashian-Jenner clan, you owe it to Kris Jenner. She's also resourceful as hell and quite frankly, very inspiring.
Kris Jenner... and all things Kardashian is a book to read if you want to make it in the entertainment industry, if you're interested in marketing and PR or if you love a good story. And if you're a Kardashian fan, well... It can't hurt!
Who else has read Kris Jenner... and all things Kardashian? Did you like it? Were you as pleasantly surprised as I was? Let me know in the comment section below or hit me up on Instagram on my last post. I love to know what you guys are up to, love and, think.
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I'll see you tomorrow for Beauty Wednesday!
Love, Jenny xx