The master of straight-talking, laugh-a-minute, from-the-heart motivational speeches has put her story to paper.

Part memoir, part inspirational guide to living your
dreams, Funny Side Up traces Rita Davenport's
extraordinary story and the lessons learned along
the way—lessons that will inspire and challenge you
to go beyond what you may have thought possible.

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Praise for Rita Davenport and Funny Side Up

"Rita and I have so much in common. We both hail from Tennessee, raised in families so poor neither of us had an indoor pot to piddle in. Both of us were tiny back-country blondes with great big dreams, girls who grew up in poverty but never saw it as anything but a minor inconvenience. We both shared bushels of determination, and neither of us was ever willing to accept what folks told us we couldn't do. Rita shattered the proverbial glass ceiling, and used the shards to make the cutest li'l sequin dress. I love the girl! And you'll love Funny Side Up!"

—Dolly Parton, entertainer

"Rita Davenport is a true leader who has inspired others throughout her career with her great insights into how to live a successful life—and how to have fun doing it."

—Tom Hopkins, author of How to Master the Art of Selling

"If you are ready to experience vastly more sunshine in every aspect of your life, read my friend Rita's brilliant new book, Funny Side Up. Even better, read it, absorb it, use its wisdom in your life—and share it with those you love and bring the sunshine into their lives, too!"

—Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"Rita Davenport's life and career prove that the American Dream is not only alive and well, it is thriving. For decades Rita has inspired, entertained, and guided audiences into making more of their lives. As the president of a large organization, she guided individuals from all walks of life to a more rewarding and profitable future. When Rita speaks, smart people listen and act. What are you waiting for? Buy this book!"

—Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, past president, National Speakers Association

"This priceless gem speaks to the heart of true success and fulfillment. By chasing our passion, not our pension, we all can receive the gift that comes from knowing that all life—present and future—has been nurtured by our individual contributions."

—Denis Waitley, bestselling author of The Seeds of Greatness

"Rita Davenport's impact on the world is unparalleled, and seen through the hearts of the thousands of people whose lives are fabulous today because of her love and guidance."

—Sharon Lechter, coauthor of Three Feet from Gold and Rich Dad Poor Dad

"Inside each person is the seed of their potential—their acorn. Within your acorn lie all your possibilities, your 'greatest gifts,' as my friend Rita Davenport puts it, just awaiting your commitment to grow them. I have seen Rita awaken the potential in many people who are successful leaders today. Let her inspire and guide you as she has so many thousands of others!"

—Jim Cathcart, bestselling author of The Acorn Principle

"Rita Davenport has more energy than Hoover Dam on Red Bull. She has enjoyed multi-media success and has inspired thousands along her journey. And the motivational kick-in-the-butt from Rita's live speaking engagements make Knute Rockne and General George S. Patton seem like pacifists. Rita Davenport could write the alphabet and sell more copies than Gone with the Wind. I will be the first to buy a copy of Rita's new book ... and I will be the first to charge her $34.95 for this quote."

—Dave "Morning Mayor" Pratt, host, KUPD's Dave Pratt in the Morning

"A remarkable collection of insights that teaches with humor how generosity, humility, and thankfulness will take your business and personal relationships to the next level. You'll be moved, uplifted, and educated by a talented teller of real-life tales about what's really important in life and how to measure success. You'll find yourself laughing, crying, and nodding in agreement."

—Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE, past president, National Speakers Association

"I have known Rita for more than thirty-five years. She is funny, charming, honest, self-effacing, ambitious, caring, heartfelt, and fabulously successful ... and she has dedicated her life to helping, inspiring, and supporting others to become their best. Pick up this book and join the millions who love and adore Rita. You will be blessed to have her in your life!"

—Dian Thomas, television personality and bestselling author of Roughing It Easy

"Rita Davenport is an icon in the self-empowerment movement. Her new book is guaranteed to bring out the leader in you, expand your vision of what is possible, and empower you to live your greatest life."

—Les Brown, bestselling author, National Speaker's Association Hall of Fame Speaker, recipient of the Golden Gavel

"Funny, charming, honest, self-effacing, caring, and fabulously successful—this lady walks her talk as she leads with her heart. I've been friends with Rita over thirty years. After a great deal of prodding, she has decided to put her story down on paper. I'm sure you'll be as thrilled as I was when you read her remarkable book. The message and tools in this book will help to improve not only your organization and your career, but your entire life."

—Joe Larson, CSP, CPAE, former president of National Speakers Association and winner of the Cavett Award

"Rita Davenport is one of the most powerfully authentic people I have ever met. In a world full of smoke and mirrors, she needs none; her wisdom and insight are among the best of the best. Be careful—before you know it, she will change your life!"

—Keith Kochner, founder, Mentorship Mastery and

"Rita Davenport has such a depth of experience and wealth of good ideas that I listen to whatever she says and read whatever she writes. Her ability to teach great truths with warmth and humor make her a powerful communicator. I've learned from her, and you will, too, if you read her excellent new book. I recommend it."

—Mark Sanborn, award-winning speaker and author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader

"Rita Davenport has been there and done that. Raising herself from rags to riches, she had her own successful television talk show and became the top executive of a large worldwide company. She is a natural storyteller with a highly motivational message. There's an old saying: Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them how to fish and you feed them for life. Rita's book teaches you how to fish! Read and be rewarded."

—Calvin Lehew, founder of The Factory at Franklin

"No one I know in the world of motivation and personal growth comes close to having Rita Davenport's gift of being world-wise brilliant and side-splittingly funny at the same time. The strategic life lessons she doles out in Funny Side Up are so well-laced with laughter that you get the message and learn something powerful and important before you even realize it. An important book—beautifully entertaining and enlightening!"

—Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D., bestselling author of What to Say When You Talk to Yourself