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

High School Valedictorian , DJ Chung , Duke University Graduate
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In "Build Like An Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian," DJ Chung shares the stories and lessons from his mother that helped him become valedictorian of a large, competitive public high school class, and admission into Duke University.

These lessons will provide you with a roadmap on how to gain the essential skills necessary to realize the ultimate goal of becoming your school's valedictorian.

"Build Like An Ant" will show you how a devoted mother's wisdom can help you reach high goals during the increasingly competitive, stressful and pressure-filled time that is high school.

Here's a sample excerpt from the book:

"Have you seen those geese fly? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want." – Mama Chung

There's that saying, “you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.”

While you are your own person, it’s undeniable that other people influence you. So surround yourself with friends that encourage, motivate and support you. If there's only one thing you take away from this book, I hope it is that you realize you can't become valedictorian on your own.

My best teachers were my friends. We were going through the same difficult classes together, after all. When I didn't know something, one of my friends usually did, and when one of my friends didn't know something, I did. You quickly realize how little you know, and once you learn the power of collaboration, you know you can only go so far by yourself.

My mom always stressed the importance of positive and encouraging friends. She relayed this piece of advice to me that stuck:

"Have you seen those geese fly in packs? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want."

In high school, any time I would ask to go to a movie, party or friend’s house, she would ask who was going to be there. I always thought this was an annoying question, but I get it now. It wasn’t about where I was—it was about whom I was with. The question was really my mom making sure that I was spending time with the people who were going to support me, and act as positive influences on my life. And so should you: surround yourself with people that build you up.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

- Introduction
- How to Have the Right Attitude
- Set Your Mind
- Getting the Grades
- Building A Network For Success
- How to Interact with Your Teachers
- How to Find Mentors
- Take Care of Yourself
- The Will to Persevere
- Becoming Valedictorian
- Conclusion


To find the friends that will get you through, you first need to be that friend to others. I’ve found that the most supportive friends in my life have these three characteristics: they’re the first to offer help, they’re willing to listen, and they celebrate the successes of others...

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink Tiger Mom Books (August 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G4GB30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from a teacher... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, concise guide to succeeding in academics 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Way more than just another tiger mom February 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy read September 5, 2011
By Justin
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & Applicable to Anything August 29, 2011
By John G
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ebook April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very short ebook, but long on ideas. This ebook should be read by all middle school students, although it could be a bit late, good grades and exit in school starts at preschoool.

Buy, read/listen, rate and write your review, your opinion is important.

Have a nice April fools day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Be Buying this For my Grandson! April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Have you seen those geese fly? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they're always making those noises at each other; they're encouraging each other when they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want. - Mama Chung

This is just one of the absolutely precious and priceless gems contained in this book. Each quote froom Mama Chung related to the author's story of how he took these Life Lessons and applied it to what became a very successful life. Don't we all hope we have that much positive influence on our children and grandchildren? Don't our children all deserve a "Mama Chung" behind them, encouraging them onward?

Inspirational, uplifting and touching. A must have for students and the caregivers who wish only the best for them as they journey through life. Well done !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A short book with a lot of inspiration and advice to get things done...
Despite the title, this book is not a guide to becoming a valedictorian. It's about how to tackle the challenges you might face while on the journey to achieve something. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Yet Supremely Excellent Read
I loved every part about this book, and it didn't hurt that it was extremely easy to sit down and read all at one time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shamille A. Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars it helped for nothing
I expectet really more information but it disappointed me. It was very poor and didn't held informations that really can guide you through the steps of becoming a valedictorian. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ada myshketa
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Inspiring
This book is rare in that it offers practical advice AND an inspiring story. That makes it fun to read without me feeling like I'm wasting my time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alex Andon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read
This book is an easy to read overview of how to succeed books. This would be a great book to give a teenager who has a big goal.
Published 24 months ago by Donna Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Brough a tear to my eye...
DJ - you have a real talent for expressing a beautiful relationship. Moms can be hard - we all know that - and ultimately we also know they're looking out for us. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Taisha Youmans
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet stories of a mom-son relationship
Reminds me a bit of my (non-Asian) mom :). Very cute, sweet, fun read. A bit like the Chicken Soup series. DJ - write more!
Published on August 7, 2012 by Sean Aggers
5.0 out of 5 stars Way More Than Just About High School
Build Like an Ant is a great little book for anyone who has a goal in mind and needs clear, direct thinking on how to reach that goal. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Ami
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
A good book, full of tips for the people that want to be a better student. I highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

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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