You’ve probably experienced this at least once in your life…
That moment where you are reading a book…and that one sentence…those few words…leaps off the pages and gives you that warm hug and a pat on the back that lets you know that everything will be okay.
Well that’s how I felt when I read “Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor” it was these few words “So many people who do great things in life follow many different paths before ending up in the role that defines them, and none of that time is squandered if they’re learning” that let me know that I was about to embark on an amazing journey with this book.
To be honest, I expected this book to be all about Fashion and perhaps about the hit TV show “Project Runway or “Under The Gunn” after all who does not know the loveable mentor of the hit TV show Project Runway and the crème ah la crème of the spin off show “Under The Gunn”. However…Tim Gunn gives us more than Project Runway and Under The Gunn. He teaches us that life is our Runway… and everyday it’s a new project… and no matter how small or big the project… even when you are looking into the barrel of the gun …each moment is a learning experience.
For a few hours…
Those precious moments in time…
The book Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor let those of us who often feel alone, unheard, awkward in our skin, and sometimes invisible…know…that we aren’t so unique after all. A life lesson for many us out there who often feel alone on this runway called…Life.
Tim Gunn has an unbelievably passion for teaching and mentoring and it started years before Project Runway. Actually he was a classroom educator and a chair for Parsons Fashion Design Program, and although he is no longer in the classroom he stills considers himself a teacher. The book underscored many different aspects of life by categories with the clever acronym Teach;
(T)ruth-telling, (E)mpathy, (A)sking, (C)heerleading, and (H)oping for the best.
What I loved about this book is that it was cleared that the advice he was giving us was based on his own life lessons. When I finished reading this book I felt like I could take on the world. The book was a welcomed surprise, Tim Gunn let us see another side of him, the man beyond the Fashion…the educator….and the student.
To say that I absolutely love this book would be an understatement…this is definitely a book that you should add to your library. And if you are lucky enough to be in New York City on March 31, 2015 then head over to 92Y my favorite place to be… where Tim Gunn and Fern Mallis will be in conversation as part of the Fashion Icon series.