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A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys: A Guide to Life for All the Exceptional, Excellent Misfits Out There

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  23 reviews
An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors from the star of So You Think You Can Dance and creator of Broadway's Finding Neverland

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys offers a playbook for living a creative and authentic life. Using her own story as a launching spot, and creative quizzes, charts, and lists to engage the reader in an
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Seal Press
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Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I definitely chose the wrong book to inspire me. I may be 100% misfit, unicorn, freak or whatever other names I have been called in my life, but I have never been a success shark. This book is better suited to someone less than half my age who is just starting out in life and needs to learn the lessons of some resiliancy, honoring your differentness and how to climb the ladder of success, no matter where that ladder leads.

The author is a dancer and choreographer of a tv dancing show and after a
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Mleh. Didn’t especially hate it, just didn’t feel like there was anything new or different enough to catch my interest.
Grace Peterson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Despite my deep abiding love for unicorns this book wasn't for me. I felt like the author was slightly biased against extroverts. Additionally, the unicorn/donkey metaphor felt a little overdone and kind of fell apart. This last part is totally personal preference and might not bother anyone else, but it made the book less enjoyable for me and I just couldn't get into it. Basically, donkeys are super stubborn and having them be the normal crowd-followers in the metaphor seemed off. Also, I love ...more
Nisha B.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Would love to meet her one day. Felt like she was talking to me directly and expressing thoughts I’ve had myself. ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick book to read through, and I thought it was kind of interesting. Love the cover too.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
Good for a young person or one who really likes unicorns. There are a couple of nuggets, but not substantive enough for people who already have a good bit of life behind them.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are a performing artist just getting started, this is undoubtedly a must-read. Mia Michaels was of interest to me because I've been a fan of the dance competition TV show, So You Think You Can Dance that is now in it's 15th year on Fox TV. Being the only program I will stoop to watch Fox for, I must say, it's been a pleasure watching young dancers compete, grow, and perform beyond the TV experience. Mia Michaels was a regular choreographer with the show until she disappeared from view a ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC for free

A lot of self help books relate the same information so the trick to a good one is creating an unique and engaging way to convey this and practical advice to help accomplish this. This book does so very well, the unicorn to donkey comparison really works and the author has an engaging and consistent voice. I appreciated the thought provoking quizzes and exercises to help readers reach their creative goals. The book not only has a great message about embracing and
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read for any creative person. A unicorn can be defined as anyone who has ever felt different than others, like the odd duck, the odd girl out, the misfit in the group, the wallflower, not like the other boys on the team, not like the other girls in the class, someone who longs to blend in with the crowd yet perpetually stands out, anyone that has felt alone, ostracized, marginalized, isolated, an anomaly, invisible, one of a kind. If you have ever felt this way, this book is for ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book for free. I was very excited to read it, as I am always inspired by Mia Michaels work. This book has a few really great bits to take ahold of and process, but I also had a hard time with aspects of it. I still appreciate the attempt made by MM.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Mia Michaels- she is a hoot- so I really enjoyed her anecdotes and the autobiographical sections. The self-help stuff, checklists, quizzes etc, I just skimmed over.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review to come, but I really loved some bits, and skimmed over others.
Farah Al Fardh
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
a book for all those creative minds who feel out of place
you are not alone in that
will make you better understand yourself
Sara Goldenberg
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it. I even bought it for a friend!
It's no secret that Mia Michaels is a genius. I even wrote about her on my GRE back in 2009 when the writing section prompt was something to do with creativity. To this day, Celine Dion's "A New Day" that Mia choreographed is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I watch the DVD like 6 times per year, at least. I was so excited when I heard she was writing a book.

But, I'm not going to lie...I was a little disappointed in this. This was part-memoir, part-self-help/how-to guide, which is fine,
Sadie-jane (Say-dee-Jane) Nunis
Never seen the word unicorn as many times as in this book rofl..
It wasn't a bad read but I felt the author overcompensate her issues..
I'm a big girl and I did ballet and I'm born in Asia (mixed race) so i have always had issues with size. For e.g.. age 1.. I looked 4 lol..

Didn't really resonate much with me in terms of her issues with size etc but I do agree that acceptance is key. If u accept yourself and love yourself.. who gives a crap about anyone else..
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I think there were some good nuggets of inspiration in this book but overall, nothing said was entirely new. Even still, I'm not upset to have read it and am happy to have met Ms. Michaels at BookCon.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It was cute. A good book for people questioning if they don't fit in and why that's ok.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. A fun, easy read. I just prefer not to categorize others. Donkeys aren’t bad people- Nor are unicorns. Love her energy and passion
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-reads-2018
Everyone wants to be a unicorn, and this book can guide you to the rainbow path. But, the choice is yours...
Megan Houpt
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It leaves you feeling inspired to embrace what makes you unique and to not allow that uniqueness to be swallowed up by what is considered main stream.
Becky Macmanus
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Would recommend for creative types! I love hearing her stories. The advice is just so so but there were some really great take aways and mantras
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