GREENWICH, Conn -- All rise: Greenwich resident Judy Sheindlin, aka "Judge Judy," has released a free e-book designed to empower women of any age.
"What Would Judy Say, Be the Hero of Your Own Story" features a forward by Sheindlin's stepdaughter, Nicole Sheindlin, a resident of Larchmont, N.Y., and lawyer in her own right who runs the Her Honor Mentoring Program in six Westchester high schools.
"Judy models a way of thinking about yourself," said the younger Sheindlin. "She often tells women to be the heroes of their own story. Being true to yourself is what matters most. In that sense, Judy's story can be anyone's story."
Judy Sheindlin admits she was not the prettiest or smartest but said she had drive and passion which translated into hard work, a practical approach to life and ultimately, success in a realm she never imagined.
"I am from a generation of women for whom opportunities were much narrower and even if we pursued careers, there was an understanding that the 'job' of wife and mother was the most important of all," she said.
The main takeway from her book: Women should stop defining themselves by society's expectations of "having it all" and use their own definitions to create their own story. Judge Judy is clear that "defining my own worth is a priority in every arena of my life. Long before I was Judge Judy, when I was an unknown worker bee, I usually got what I wanted. I set realistic goals consistent with my talents," she writes.
It is this mindset and formula for success that has propelled her Emmy Award-winning television program to its 19th season.
The book has registered 340,000 downloads since its September release. Go here to view.
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