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"Everything you need to know about success is in this book." -- Russell Simmons, Founder, Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, Def Poetry Jam, and more

Every student should read this book! -- Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author, The One Minute Millionaire, Co-creator, #1 NY Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®

I wish the "Manifesto" had been around when I was younger. The Student Succesto Manifesto, is an inspiration... -- Paul Orfalea, Founder & Chairperson Emeritus, Kinko's Inc.

Michael Simmons' Manifesto is sure to give you an edge on your classmates and a jump-start in life! -- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Student Success Manifesto is both timely and insightful. -- Daniel Jimenez, Managing Editor, YOUNG MONEY Magazine

About the Author

Michael, a 2005 graduate of New York University, co-founded his first business, Princeton WebSolutions (PWS), when he was sixteen years old. PWS was later rated the #1 youth-run web development company in the nation by Youngbiz Magazine. In addition, Michael has been the winner of three entrepreneur of the year awards from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fleet, and the National Coalition for Empowering Youth Entrepreneurship.

Michael is currently the co-founder and CEO of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Co. (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974041114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974041117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Student Success Manifesto is an exceptionally mature and well-thought-out look at life from the perspective of a college-attending 18 to 20-something-year-old. I have read widely in the success literature and was impressed that Mr. Simmons seems to also be. He makes excellent use of key ideas from many sources and puts them into a young person's framework.

Mr. Simmons was born with what we called an "old head" when I was young. Many people I know who are about to retire never get it together like Mr. Simmons has. That's a shame . . . because their lives could have been so much better for them and those they love.

Several qualities of this book really stood out to me. Mr. Simmons points out how you should seek to gain many different kinds of advantages (such as learning, networking, visibility, access and reputation) from every activity you seek out. Most young people don't realize that point and misdirect their efforts as a result.

Mr. Simmons also uses graphs and charts to make brilliant points much more explicit than I have seen them done by other authors in the same subject areas. Bravo! You're ahead of the older generations here.

Finally, Mr. Simmons is able to relate to a number of different kinds of life goals and explores them thoughtfully. I was very pleased to see that he emphasizes goal setting in many different ways. That's the most important thing that college students should be doing.

What are the book's weaknesses? First, the book appears to have originally been an e-book. The text refers to my soft cover copy as an e-book and mentions red lines that appear nowhere in the book. So a little copy editing was missed here. Ignore that. Second, Mr. Simmons is at his best on starting businesses.
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Michael Simmons' THE STUDENT SUCCESS MANIFESTO is exactly what I needed right now. It reveals that success later in life does not depend on your performance in school, that many of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen and women did not do well in school. Further, there are different standards of success. Maybe your idea of success is different from that of the next person. What I appreciated the most, however, is Mr. Simmons' revelation that we are our own teachers - each individual is his own best teacher. That puts a hole in the notion that success in later life is gauged by how well you performed on your SAT test.

I also appreciated the multi-cultural aspect to Mr. Simmons' work: within the first few pages of the book he references a tribal ritual in Africa. This is not typical in books about success. Only a few pages later he references the scholastic performance of inner city African American students, noting that according to statistics African American students do not perform well in school - but that doesn't mean they aren't smart! This point resonated deeply with me because I graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, which is the high school with the highest percentage of African American students in the entire state - something like 70-80%. I can honestly say that in many ways I received more education from the African American student body than I did from the teachers at Jefferson High School. School, in my opinion, and I believe in the opinion Mr. Simmons expresses, tends to teach you how to follow rules, and then you graduate and realize that life itself does not follow any rules. And, by the way, school didn't teach you anything about life!
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It is an unfortunate reality that authors often feel the need to talk down to students. The typical college "advice" guide is defined by condescending tips, corny humor, and a fear of offering anything more substantive then simple survival advice. Michael Simmons's Student Success Manifesto is the remedy to this sad state of affairs. Mr. Simmons offers unabashed advice, culled from years of personal experience as a phenomenal young man, on how to take control of your life. The Success Manifesto is not about how to survive as a student, but how to succeed as a young human. Reading this book gave me a jolt of inspiration, and exponentially increased my dedication to creating, in the words of Mr. Simmons, a life of passion, purpose, and prosperity. If you are still a student, this book is a must read. It won't help you get better grades. It will change your life.
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"Your personal growth is your core asset and therefore has the most leverage. Making a small investment in your growth can lead to extremely large dividends over time in both personal growth and your other assets." ~Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons founded his first business, Princeton WebSolutions when he was only 16. He has written numerous articles about student entrepreneurship and they have appeared in College Bound Magazine and Whizteens in Business. His unique perspective appeals to young audiences and in The Student Success Manifesto he guides students towards a success frame of mind.

The list of successful college-age individuals is worth the price of the book. He lists companies like Hershey Foods, Dell, Federal Express and Subway. There are many more examples and he also includes a list of statistics like: "Over 50% of millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college."

Some of the highlights include:

The Fifteen Endeavors

Core Challenges

Elimination of Obstacles

Competitive Advantage

Rituals you can ignore to Excel

Michael Simmons seems wise beyond his years as he explores possibility and writes about following your passion and embracing learning for personal growth. The Student Success Manifesto contains some of the best ideas I've ever seen for pursuing a life of prosperity and success. The ideas are logical, the points well organized and the format intellectually appealing.

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