Katie Couric's Collection of Life Advice

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CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric corralled quotes from 114 of her famous friends for her first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. She came up with the idea after giving a graduation speech last year at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Available April 12th, all proceeds from the book will benefit Scholarship America.

"I know there are a lot of books out there with different pieces of advice, but I don't know if there is anything quite like this out there," Couric told the New York Times.

Some of the influential business people, athletes and celebrities who share advice about finding passion in life and work include Twitter founder Biz Stone, filmmaker Ken Burns, comedian Chelsea Handler, comedian Jay Leno, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, football player Drew Brees, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, singer Sheryl Crow, Queen Rania of Jordan, and her former Today show co-host Matt Lauer.

Couric contributed the book's introduction, which gives a glimpse at her life, and she also wrote intros for each section. The entries range from several pages long to just a few lines. However, she doesn't really consider the book her own, saying, "I'm sort of the overseer." But she does hope to write an entire book about her own life.

"I hope one day I will have the time and the self-discipline to write a book, because I think my life has been far more interesting than I ever anticipated and certainly has had all sorts of good and bad things transpire," she said.

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