Surviving the Dark Side of Success
by Mary Grothe
Narrated by Madeleine Suddaby
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 23 Sep 2023
Advantage Media Group, Forbes Books
Few that know Mary Grothe today would guess that her childhood was traumatic. That she was raised by an alcoholic mother and abusive father in a filthy house, where tar dripped down the walls from the profusion of cigarette smoke. That at fourteen she watched her childhood auctioned off beneath a big top before fleeing town as a result of her parents’ criminal mistakes. Or that dance, her original love and a ticket to freedom, would be taken from her in an instant. That four whole years of darkness followed. That she briefly married a man so toxic that she had to plot a secret escape to free herself.
What many people do know is that, in spite of all the above, she discovered, to her own astonishment and that of everyone around her, that she was something of a sales prodigy. That her success was meteoric. That her name was synonymous with the number one.
Until now, most also don’t know that all of this “success” led her straight back down into the darkness. Into alcoholism, and from there into the front porch of her neighbor’s house, behind the wheel of one of her two cars. Or that years of healing, and grinding away in the trenches, would only bring her straight back to her knees. That finally, one fateful Christmas morning, from the pit of the bottom, she found Jesus. That again, she thought she’d forever changed her life, only to learn that doing so is easier said than done.
And that’s just the first half of this book.
But this isn’t an ordinary business book or an ordinary autobiography. It’s not merely a rollercoaster, either, but an entire theme park full of them: of being a daughter, a partner, a wife, a mother, a Christian, a founder, and a CEO.
“Raw, inspiring memoir of business, faith, and finding a path to success.”
BookLife by Publishers Weekly
“The book’s personal stories are confessional and candid: [...] through them all, Grothe pushes forward.”
“A vivid, engrossing account of spunk, determination, and forgiveness [...].”
Average rating from 6 members
I enjoy these kinds of books for mostly insight and being curious, about how the authors life went, how they struggle and how it all adds up to be unbearable, and how they switch their gears (feelings) during early fuck-ups and stand up, so there's always a lesson to be learned, and it certainly helped me having some insight into life itself and believing in a higher power (that i thought is a bit over the edge, however, we all feel differently regarding these topics)
A book i'd consider buying, despite having it read already. Certainly some lessons to be learned that really adds up some value into our own life.
Narrator choice very soothing
Mary Grothe tells the story of her remarkable, uncommon life! She grew up in an unconventional family, poor and mistreated. She recounts her early struggles and finds love and acceptance with God. She finds herself blessed with the ability to over succeed in the business world, mainly in the area of payroll companies. She discovers fame, awards, money, family, partying and overachievement alone cannot bring happiness, but surrendering yourself to God. The book is entertaining and enlightening.
I appreciate being able to listen to this audiobook, compliments of the publishers. The thoughts expressed are my own.
Excellent Business Book
This was a really heartfelt memoir.
I found the parental relationship with Mary (first half-ish of the book) very similar to that of the book I'm Glad My Mom Died.
Intense book on the issues of parents who are alcoholics and how it affects those around them - specifically their children.
Really surprising book on how the draw of money and how it can control our relationships and life goals.
Great book on parenting, relationships, and how to move on.
As for the Chrisitan-side of things in this book, it starts about 30% through the book, and really goes from there - very good!
A truly great book about hitting rock bottom (view spoiler) to devoting your life to Jesus.
Lots of great bits about body image in this book too. I also really appreciated the chapter on her pregnancy. Really insightful.
A very good book on balancing ambition with the pulls of daily life.
Check it out!