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Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian Kindle Edition

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Meet DJ Chung
 

DJ is currently living and working in Silicon Valley after graduating Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics.
 
Before Duke, DJ graduated valedictorian in a class of 640 students from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. He served as President of the National Honor Society and was also captain of the varsity golf team. His senior year, DJ finished seventh at the Missouri State Golf Tournament, setting a record for shooting one of the lowest rounds in Missouri state history, four under par, 68.
 
While DJ graduated at the top of his class, he was not the smartest student, far from it. He became valedictorian by relying on his mother's lessons and immeasurable support from family, friends and teachers. DJ credits his success to his biggest influence, his mother. His mother set a solid foundation for him based on diligence, perseverance and trust through her own example, stories and advice. DJ continues to apply her life lessons, recounted in Build Like an Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian, in making career and personal decisions.

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  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink Tiger Mom Books (August 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G4GB30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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DJ is currently living and working in Silicon Valley after graduating Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics.

Before Duke, DJ graduated valedictorian in a class of 640 students from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. He served as President of the National Honor Society and was also captain of the varsity golf team. His senior year, DJ finished seventh at the Missouri State Golf Tournament, setting a record for shooting one of the lowest rounds in Missouri state history, four under par, 68.

While DJ graduated at the top of his class, he was not the smartest student, far from it. He became valedictorian by relying on his mother's lessons and immeasurable support from family, friends and teachers. DJ credits his success to his biggest influence, his mother. His mother set a solid foundation for him based on diligence, perseverance and trust through her own example, stories and advice. DJ continues to apply her life lessons, recounted in Build Like an Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian, in making career and personal decisions.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Shug on November 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
My opportunity for being valedictorian at any school has long since past, but my desire to meet my life goals and aspirations has never changed. I came across Mr. Chung's book on a whim and it has changed my perspective. As a young teacher in the dog eat dog world of standardized test scores and teaching reviews, it's most often difficult to raise above all the road blocks and live out my dream for education. DJ Chung's brilliantly organized step by step guide to going above and beyond the expected is everything I needed to regain my motivation and start truly building my life with the drive and stamina of an ant. With wise tid bits from Mama Chung along the way, DJ has inspired me to be the best that I can be wherever I find myself. I'm even going to make this a required text for my students! It's a must read for high school and college age students. I have no doubt that it will yield so much rich conversation in my classroom. Thank you for this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Yoder on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who wants to focus on succeeding in academics.

Each section begins with an endearing quote from the author's mother and then follows with a very well organized exploration of a particular important attribute of sucess. The book is a great mix of valuable insight and poignant motivation.

It would make a great gift for someone who is just starting high school, or anyone who is in need of some great reading to motivate them to reach their full potential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karley M on September 4, 2011
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"Build Like An Ant" offers invaluable insight and advice, while simultaneously being simply a delight to read. The chapters are tied seamlessly together as the reader clings to the wisdom offered by the quotes from the author's mother that kick-off each new chapter. The author then breaks down these quotations into tangible steps that inspire and motivate the reader to take action.

This book is far more than just the perfect gift for every student entering high school. The lessons that Mr. Chung explores are applicable to every stage of life. The ideals of having the right attitude, knowing how to set your mind to something, preparing properly, and learning how to surround yourself with the right influences/mentors are important lessons for EVERY person to take the time to learn. The broad appeal, and brilliant insight, contained in each chapter of this book makes it the perfect gift for any person in your life hoping to reach that next goal or achieve that next success!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick A on February 27, 2012
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Something for everyone here: parents, students, and everything in between. There is something about Mama Chung's words that resonated with me -- as if they were truths that I've known my whole life, but never heard articulated. For that very reason, I highly recommending devouring this book over the course of a weekend or so (it's a quick read, but the stories will stick with you).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin on September 5, 2011
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Being both an insightful and entertaining read, "Build Like An Ant" offers some fresh ideas on goal setting. While its examples are optimally equipped for the high school and college crowd (both parents and students), the core conceptes are widely applicable outside of those areas. I personally found it to be an easy read, and for those familiar with classic personal skills texts, it was stylistically similar to Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"-- offering personal stories to demonstrate the specific skill of each section. It is brief, but to the point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John G on August 29, 2011
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This book is very inspiring. It's a quick read, and a great reminder of the importance of goals. While it has great, practical advice about how to get good grades and techniques to learn better, I think it's also very valuable for it's time management and goal setting advice that can be applicable to many situations outside of becoming a valedictorian. There are many people who could benefit from the bite-sized advice delivered in each chapter that adds up to a powerful message: it's very possible to achieve a long-term goal you set for yourself, even if it's four years away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy TM on September 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wonderful, fun to read, a perfect selection to give to others as a gift of encouragement! Mama Chung rocks with her wise counsel embedded in easy to absorb sayings and references to real life. Everyone needs a Mama Chung in their life!

Seriously, the lessons Mr Chung learned from his mother cover things like the importance of a bounceback attitude, the benefits in cultivating a mindset of excitement about test-taking and the importance of asking prepared questions versus shotgun questions. Together, these lessons, along with others covered in the book, present a set of fundamental principles that can be applied to so many life circumstances and challenges. Although I read this book a few weeks ago, the stories, lessons and encouragements continue to come to mind even as I come up against simple and mundane daily tasks.

I highly recommend you read this for yourself. It's enjoyable, easy to digest and full of memorable gems. It's likely you'll also soon be giving away additional copies as gifts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on October 27, 2011
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The previous review is so true, the author's style is simple and easy, but his content is great! He packs so many truths into the book and his anecdotes help provide context and makes it easy to relate with. I know I wish I would have read this before high school and I will definitely recommend it to my friends for their children. However, I want to emphasize that the tips and approach that the author outlines is really very applicable to almost anything in life. This book is a must read for adults, because everyone will find it refreshing, educational, and motivating!

Very simply, I felt inspired after reading the book (and it didn't take me weeks and weeks to finish it)!
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