You Are Awesome

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Building confidence demands repetitious exercise as this self-help book aimed at tweenies so clearly lays out. You Are Awesome is delightfully written in enthusiastic text. It uses eye-catching fonts and displays buoyantly sunny yellows in the graphics and colored pages; Matthew Syed enthusiastically encourages the reader to follow his guidance to achieve awesomeness. As a former table-tennis Olympian, Syed traces his history of persistent practice as the remedy for success. Reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers book, which contends that excellence demands 10,000 hours of practice, Syed’s book emphasizes that determination designated as grit is an essential ingredient when pursuing one’s goals. Adapted to the adolescent level, his inspiring suggestions to becoming awesome include practice, the right attitude or mindset, and true-grit. Backing up these prescriptions to become top-dog in one’s circle are stories of stars in various fields such as sports figures David Beckham and Serena Williams, musician Amadeus Mozart, rapper Jay-Z, and fantasy author J.K. Rowling. While success is rewarding, falling down and failing should only serve as learning tools. But not everyone desires the awesome title; there is nothing wrong in just being average and feeling satisfied with oneself.

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Author Matthew Syed
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date 2019-07-09
ISBN 9781492687535 Buy this Book
Issue August 2019
Category Tweens


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