Share Your Rookie Story!

We are looking for your "Rookie Story." When was the last time you worked on the steep side of a learning curve, became comfortable in an oversized role, performed at your best during a big challenge, and felt on top of the world as a result?

1. Think back to a time and place when you were new to an important piece of work or challenge but you did some of your best work. Please tell us your story…

2. Browse the selection below to read examples of others' rookie stories to help inspire, motivate, and reflect back to time when you were the rookie.

Click below to start sharing your "Rookie Story" and share it with the Rookie Smarts community!

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  • “Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits. . . .An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • “Wiseman masterfully shows why novices can outdo veterans, expertise blinds us to fresh ideas, and the brilliance of newbies remains untapped. With sage insights and fascinating examples, Rookie Smarts is a must-read.”
    Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
  • “If you want to be a learning machine, improving and growing every year, this is the book for you.”
    SVP of People Operations, Google, Inc.
  • “Agility, resilience, grit, and a growth mindset—these are the attributes effective leaders need in a changing world. Rookie Smarts shows leaders at every age and at every stage of their careers how to master these skills.”
    University of Michigan professor and author of Leadership Sustainability