You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life (Book of Awesome Series, The) (Hardcover)
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From Neil Pasricha—New York Times, million-copy bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, thought leader for the next generation, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world—comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience.
We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure...or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.
Read You Are Awesome to learn:
• The single word that keeps your options open after failure
• What every commencement speech gets wrong
• 3 ways to dramatically accelerate your ability to learn and adapt
• The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate worry
• Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
• and much, much more...
Because the truth is, you really are awesome.
About the Author
Neil Pasricha thinks, writes, and speaks about intentional living. He is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation, which together have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists and have sold over a million copies. He hosts the award-winning podcast 3 Books, where he’s on a fifteen-year quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world by interviewing people such as Malcolm Gladwell, Judy Blume, and the world’s top-ranked Uber driver. He gives more than fifty speeches a year, appearing for audiences at places such as Harvard, SXSW, and Shopify. He has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School, and lives in Toronto with his family. Connect with him on social media @NeilPasricha or get his latest writing for free at Neil.blog/Newsletters.
“With all the world throws at us, resilience is now a precious commodity, and it’s the underpinning of this terrifically helpful book by Neil Pasricha. You Are Awesome is more than a boost for your self-esteem, it’s a perspective-setter for failure and success, and an homage to the amazing reserves of the human soul.”
—Mitch Albom, author of Finding Chika and The Five People You Meet In Heaven
“No one knows 'awesome' like Neil Pasricha, and here he explores how we can make our very lives more awesome. With real-life stories and a conversational style, he shows how we can move forward in the face of challenge to make our days more intentional and joyful.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm
"Neil was an incredibly quiet, shy, and curious student in my classroom over thirty years ago. I have long retired from teaching and am now watching as he becomes the teacher for me and many others. This is a guidebook for those establishing careers and raising families. But it's also for those of us in later years facing a whole new set of challenges. As always, Neil's glass is half full and his enthusiasm for living is truly infectious."
—Mrs. Stella Dorsman, Neil's third-grade teacher
“There are few things more certain in all aspects of life than set backs ! Finding the resilience to, not just cope, but take these in your stride and ultimately learn from them is a critical skill in today’s unpredictable world. Neil’s book provides an invaluable framework and toolkit. Full of practical ideas and suggestions, supported by personal anecdotes and stories that bring them to life. Neil has done it again, produced a personal, practical and universal guide to life”
— David Cheesewright, Former President and CEO, Walmart International
“Do you have thin skin like the rest of us? The tool you need is resilience. Let this deeply researched book be your step-by-step guide.”
—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
“[Pasricha's] tone is light, but his message is thought-provoking and inspiring ... Under Pasricha’s guidance, readers learn how to reframe their stories and put life in perspective, making the road to awesome not only possible but enjoyable. ”
— Candace Smith, Booklist
“A brilliant book, generous, heartfelt and true. Neil is going to help you change your life.”
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“Pick up this book for its gloriously self-affirming title—after all, you are awesome!—and stay for its wise and transformative advice. Writing in his usual engaging style, Pasricha will challenge you to build resilience, get out of your own way, and pursue a life of accomplishment and meaning.”
— Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
“I have been through struggle. I have been through loss. And I have had to get stronger. Resilience is a muscle that hurts to build. What would have made it easier? Neil’s words. This book. A recipe for thickening our skin in thin-skinned times.”
—James Frey, author of Katerina
“With Neil's signature style of humor, research, whimsy and insight, You Are Awesome touches a chord and shows us the power of combining optimism and resilience to create more meaning at work, school and home...”
—Shawn Achor, author of Big Potential
“With simple effortlessness, Neil renders complex ideas easily memorable and everyday practical.”
— Col. Chris Hadfield, former Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut's Guide To Life
“A playful, yet powerful path from anxious to awesome. Pasricha blends science, story and a healthy dose of humor to deliver tools and strategies that cultivate resilience in a world that's never needed it more. Read You Are Awesome now!”
—Jonathan Fields, Founder / Podcaster, The Good Life Project
“Neil is the happiness mixologist. He combines an insight for awesome, a dry sense of humor, hard-earned wisdom and just the right amount of science, shakes it all together vigorously, and then pours you a libation you can toast to life that's rich, resilient and deeply delicious.”
—Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit
“This utterly charming book will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
“You Are Awesome is a breath of fresh air. It's about digging deep to discover the inner resilience we are all born with—and moving forward with purpose and positivity.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Refire! Don't Retire
“A breath of fresh air. You Are Awesome is about digging deep to discover the inner resilience we are all born with and moving forward with purpose and positivity.”
—Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager