You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything
Matthew Syed

Wren & Rook

ISBN 9781526361158

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar? If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything. Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Librarian's Book choice

This book is brilliant. If you have ever thought that something was too hard or beyond your capabilities (and let's face it, we have ALL been there!), then you should read this clever, funny and inspiring book.

Mathew Syed is an ordinary boy, but he's an ordinary boy who has become an amazing table tennis player, and here he lets us in on his secrets. He tried REALLY HARD. He practised a lot. He wasn't born with incredible talent, he's no phenomenon - but he is a two-time Olympian.

With chapters that cover challenging fixed mind-sets, fears that can hold you back and a bit of science (but not too much) about how brains work, it also has plenty of real stories about famously successful people who have also failed at something. I really enjoyed the chapter about marginal gains, which is essentially breaking down your ultimate goal into tiny baby steps.

Although most of the book is about achieving any goal, Syed applies this way of thinking to preparing for tests. Perfect for teens and adults, this is definitely one to read if you're getting ready for your exams.

Broken down into very manageable chapters, with marvellous illustrations and plenty to make you laugh, this book could actually change your life!

160 pages / Ages 11+ / Reviewed by Victoria Long, school librarian.