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Friday 4 January 2019

Reivew: You Are Awesome

Are you a young person who wants to turn your dreams into something that can be achieved, but keep telling yourself, I can’t, I’m no good at that! So-and-so is better than me! 

This inspiring and uplifting book will show you how to reach your full potential, achieve those dreams, and be the best you can be in all things if you set your mind to it.

You are Awesome is written by someone who knows what it feels like to live an average life believing you can never be anything better due to a fixed mindset. 

This thinking held Matthew Syed back from achieving what he could in life. He learnt to change these mindsets to become a two-time Olympian that travelled the world, and successful journalist and author. He shares his struggles, negative beliefs which had to be overcome, and the strategies and language he adopted that changed his old fixed mindset, to a growth mindset which stimulated his thinking patterns.

Author of Black Box Thinking and Bounce, Matthew uses his own life as an example of how changing your thinking can change your life. He provides textual and visual examples of how thoughts and worries can sabotage us and by having confidence, you can deal with all the challenges and changes that you encounter.

Words like grit, perseverance, belief, open-mindedness, determination and being positive, are central to the success that awesomeness promises.

Wonderful illustrations, personal experiences and lots of humour are shared by Matthew. By the end of the book, you will have the tools that will enable you to conquer the obstacles that stand in your way.

This excellent book is built on hope and optimism for young people who feel they are not good enough, can’t do something because they believe successful people are born with a gift, and other thinking along those lines that inhibits growth and change.

We must remember that no one is born with knowledge and abilities. These are learnt and practiced. The heights we reach and our successes, depend on self-belief, persistence and confidence that we can, and we will, and that even when we fail, we never give up!

Title: You Are Awesome
Author: Matthew Syed
Illustrator: Toby Triumph
Publisher: Hachette, $19.99
Publication Date: May 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781526361158
For ages: 10+
Type: Non-fiction