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You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life

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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 reve
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Neil Pasricha
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Are you supposed to review your own books on here? What's the etiquette? Who decides? Do you give yourself three out of five stars to be all humble since one star would be kind of like why did you write the stupid book in the first place then and five stars would be like oh yeah buddy we'll see about that? ...more
Susan's Reviews
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of this author's inspiring books. This is yet another great addition to your library: turn to it when you've had a rough day. Don't let everyday failures or even major failures keep you down forever is the take away from this one. Highly recommended and a quick read. ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learn How to Navigate Change, Wrestle With Failure and Live An Intentional Life; Neil Pasricha’s You Are Awesome Provides Solid Advice and Inspiration

Bestselling author, podcast host and TED speaker, Neil Pasricha, has charisma and positivity that emanates from the pages of his new book, You Are Awesome.

We will all experience challenges and often face failures, but if we look at them in a positive light, appreciate what we have learned and move on, continue moving forward and growing, the negati
Jade Melody
Received an arc from Edelweiss+ for an honest review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book! This was my first time reading a book by Neil Pasricha and I already know that I want to pick up his other books. He has a way of providing useful tips while also being truthful.

The fact that he tells it like it is, makes his tips that more useful. It's not like other self-help books where they paint this perfect picture and then give you these unrealistic tips. No. P
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I like Neil and I like his message of positivity and his online articles and his 1000 Awesome Things blog but I feel like I've already read most of this book in excerpts online. I have a pretty big stack of books to get through so I don't think I need to finish this one after skimming it and seeing a lot of familiar content. His writing is very playful and poetic, sort of reminds me a bit of Dr Seuss without the made up words.

As self help books go, I didn't quite feel the flow from chapter to c
Sonal Apte
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Neil borrows from many people I've already read/heard (Tim Ferriss, etc.) so the ideas are not new. However, I appreciate how he distills down to 3 questions:
1.)Will this matter on my deathbed?
2.) Can I do something about it?
3.)Is this a story I'm telling myself?

And also has 3 journal prompts:
1.)I will let go of...
2.) I am grateful for...
3.)I will focus on...
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was the most loving and surprisingly empowering self-help book I’ve ever picked up. For some reason, self-help books have rarely hit home for me. I find they usually go in one of two ways: either they tend to be hyper-idealistic while conveniently ignoring the innumerable factors that could prevent one from dropping everything and “following your dreams!”…. or they’re on the other side of the spectrum whe
Genevieve Trono
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into You Are Awesome because of how relatable the writing is. Neil Pasricha is charismatic and resilient and the writing is conversational like you are talking with a good friend.

Everyone can relate to failure but how we react to it can change our paths entirely and keep us moving forward. Every” misstep” is a chance to assess, learn and then move up and onward. I love the balance of personal stories, accessible writing, and strategies that are approachable for everyone.

Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic and best of all, it made me feel awesome. I felt like Neil Pasricha was speaking to me personally, encouraging me to embrace my failures and to look pass them and move forward: ‘When you’re there, when you’re stewing in the shock of failure and loss, when you’re convinced you’re stuck, when you’re convinced there’s no way forward, just remember: there’s a staircase you’re not seeing. Trust that it’s there, right in front of you, and that it leads to exciting new places. H ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book offers 9 mindset shifts that will help you cope with failure, keep going when the going gets tough, learn and adapt faster, let go of worries and shift your focus on what you can change, and make time for yourself and your passions.

Since implementing these strategies, I've seen a marked difference in how I think about and approach all kinds of situations now. I especially like that Pasricha emphasizes the importance of failure and makes failure seem less shameful. Too often we're told
❀ Susan G
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
This is another positive book with messages of gratitude and moving forward despite challenges. The author uses his own personal examples of failures (opportunities for learning) and his own struggles (quitting a job after being part of a performance improvement plan) yet he was resilient and kept going leading to his acceptance to Harvard and his wildly successful blog which led to a number of books.

Having met him at a conference, he is inspiring, positive and enthusiastic. Readers can take fro
Alexander Teibrich
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I am torn by this book: on the one hand it contains great lessons, is a pleasure to read and easy to relate to. On the other hand it is sort of mostly empty really: there must be at least 50 close to blank pages in this book and the print is huge. I think the main ideas could really be summarized in a couple of pages only.
Mr. Armstrong
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love Neil, but this book doesn't have much to say. Read Happiness Equation and Book of Awesome instead. ...more
Diane Law
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Positive, human and relatable book about resilience offering 9 practical 'secrets'. Particularly relevant in April 2020 when we are dealing with the unknown. ...more
Feb 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help, children
I picked up this book because it was highly recommended (can't remember from where). I knew this book was meant to be for kids, but I just wanted to see what's the big deal since the review is very positive on here. After reading it, I'd say it is worth the hype.

In terms of material, I don't think there is anything new here. But it is presented well, especially considering the intended audience are kids. The whole book was an easy read, all the key messages conveyed clearly whilst in fun ways wi
Renata Dourado
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Quick read. Self-help/motivation. Definitely recommend for the days you feel like you’re in a rut & need a some inspiration.
Mashed Potato
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
read as part of my school's book club!

a great read with 9 steps to build resilience in today's messy world.
Eddy Yang
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you fail your way to success? or remain a failure? There are so many people who fail at reaching success and that’s fine, but what’s not fine is if you don’t get up and keep moving forward. You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha is filled with life-related stories, tips when hardship approaches, and secrets that Neil learned throughout his life.

Everyone hits rock bottom at some point in our lives, but what happens if we get stuck? Neil explains that nothing is over until you give up on it. Al
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with The Book of Awesome and The Book of (Even More) Awesome, so finding and reading You Are Awesome was like meeting a childhood friend who had also grown up and was here to share their life experiences and knowledge. Kind of like watching a movie and having the sequel come out ten years later, the characters aging with you and being relevant to your life experiences.

You Are Awesome is set up with Neil's trademark bite size chapters and subcategories. They are very fun and relaxing t
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
You Are Awesome delivers 9 Secrets To Getting Stronger And Living An Intentional Life. So much of this book spoke directly to me. A bit of a wake up call in several areas of my life. The line that really resonated with me was "we have to stick the twig in our own spokes" ... WOW! Yes! We do! There are times where life just gets away from us, becomes chaotic, overwhelming ...

Que - Untouchable Days, a time to disconnect from everything and everyone. How many of us actually do this? I know this is
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

This book was really more like 3.5 stars that I rounded up to 4. I'm sure it will be super helpful to some people, but only bits and pieces of this book seemed to apply to me. I was better than "just okay," but I wouldn't necessarily say it was "really good." There's some good tidbits throughout this book, but it seems more geared towards people wanting to start a business/website/professional goal/etc.
Lori Tatar
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was both enlightening and uplifting in a joyful way. It was light, quick and just an easy read, in more ways than one; one of the best “self-help” books I have ever read. Partway through it, I also listened to one of Pasricha’s TED talks. This man is delivering a message we can all stand to hear.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I wasn't sure at first, the tips seemed very simplistic and just logical. However, I was inspired by Neil's stories and his rawness about his successes and failures. There were many tips I hope to put into practice. The last few lines of the book were powerful and really tied together the whole book. Just keep pushing forward :) Overall, loved it. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! I will be gifting this book to family members! So many parts of the book resonated with my own personal experience and reaffirmed techniques I had forgotten about. Awesome!!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this book at all. Wanted to like it but nope, not for me. ...more
Mala Joshi
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cheerful and smart, this book was a good read on a recent flight. I thought that the author did a good job in providing a roadmap of the salient points as each chapter progressed.

Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another helpful tome for me and my crippling tendency for self-critique and self-doubt. I know I'll refer back to this often. ...more
Gabe Mederos
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Neil Pasricha provides some easy, and fantastic tips on intentional living.
Lino  Matteo
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
You Are Awesome
Neil Pasricha

You are awesome;
I am awesome;
We are awesome;
As long as we do awesome things!

That is my summary of the book.
There are nine secrets, which I will reveal, so stop reading if you do not want to know.

Secret 1: Add a dot-dot-dot
Secret 2: Shift the spotlight
Secret 3: See It as a Step
Secret 4: Tell Yourself a Different Story
Secret 5: Lose More to Win More
Secret 6: Reveal to Heal
Secret 7: Find Small Ponds
Secret 8: Go Untouchable
Secret 9: Never, Never Stop
Resilience…it mak
lexi ✨
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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My name is Neil Pasricha (pass-REACH-ah) and I'm the New York Times / #1 int'l (blah blah blah!) bestselling author of eight books on living an intentional life including THE BOOK OF AWESOME (gratitude), THE HAPPINESS EQUATION (happiness)

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