Obama Staff Gives Career Advice Through Memoirs [VIDEO]By Anne Collins, UniversityHerald Reporter
Two months after the transition of power, Alyssa Mastromonaco, a staff-member from the Obama White House shared her memoirs. "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?" was intended for young professionals that are starting in their career. It is a combination of memoirs and career advice as she looked back on her most memorable and early moments as a leader on Obama's team.
Mastromonaco has worked for President Barack Obama for more than a decade as his deputy chief of staff of operations. She embraced busy days and vowed to give each job her best.
She used to be an assistant to a high-end real-estate broker at Sotheby's before she came to the White House. She said it really put her bag-packaging skills to the ultimate test.
She shared an important piece of work advice that forward motion is always better than no motion. She had an interview for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign when she heard someone talking about her who remembered she worked at Sotheyb's and she must be good. She got the job in the Kerry campaign then moved to Obama's finely tuned Senate office and eventually to his presidential campaign and then to the White House.
Her book is intended for young women, she said hard work and a good attitude can take you further than you could ever dream. Mastromonaco wrote the book with the help of Lauren Oyler.
According to The Dispatch, Mastromonaco was included in the list of Washington's most-powerful, least-famous people. She said she was helping run the country, in a small way. Throughout her tenure she held such a weighty job at a very young age.
Popsugar reported, Mastromonaco said that one should always be prepared to defend their choices, whether just to oneself, coworkers, friends, or family. The quickest way to lose confidence in one's ability to ever make a decision is to pass the buck, shrug your shoulders, or otherwise woos out.
She added that learning how to become a decision maker, and how to ultimately justify choices, can define who you are.