When we launched the Official Future Female Leaders Book Club in April, we already had a few books in mind for the coming months. Keeping an eye on publishing calendars can be exhausting, but we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the new book by Senator Martha McSally, Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up. It’s self-help meets memoir as McSally teaches us life lessons in each chapter and infuses the book with examples from her own life, from losing her dad at a young age to serving in the Air Force to running for political office.
Throughout, the reader not only feels inspired by McSally’s stories and lessons, but you feel like you’ve gotten to know the Senator and her warmth and confidence and drive. I sat down, virtually, with Senator McSally to talk about her book for the FFL Book Club and absolutely picked up on her tenacity and her exuberance in our conversation.
I first wanted to ask McSally about why she wrote a book now. She’s in her first term as a Senator and running in a special election this fall, but she previously served in the House before. As McSally pointed out, this isn’t a memoir. It’s something much better in that, because McSally isn’t trying to brag about herself, she’s trying to use her experiences to help others, and she said that was a driving factor behind writing the book–and it’s even more relevant in times of pandemic! We could all use a few lessons in never giving up right about now.
“It’s been in my heart,” McSally told me,”and it’s been in the works for a long time. I just feel like I’ve had some unique experiences. Not everyone who reads it is going to fly a fighter jet or meet the Secretary of Defense, but I share through my experiences–which are hopefully inspiring and entertaining–that there are common elements as humans that we can all relate to. Overcoming fear, dealing with grief, overcoming adversity, finding your resilience.”
As you read Dare to Fly, you’ll see that each chapter has a “lesson” tied to it that McSally explores through her own experiences and thoughts. Some of these chapters include
“Make Someone Proud”
“Do The Next Right Thing”
“Trust Your Wingmen”
“Tap the Misery Database”