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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

Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, A+, MCSA, MCSE, CTT, (Saint Jo, TX) is a popular technology author and trainer. The author of more than thirty computer and technology books, he is the best selling author of How to Do Everything with Windows XP, Windows XP Headaches, and Mac OS X Headaches. He also teaches Internet digital photography courses.

Michael Simmons grew up in Minnesota and, naturally, wanted to be a professional hockey player. His first job was delivering newspapers in Northern New Jersey. He lives in New York City, and is the author of "Pool Boy,"
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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 30, 2004
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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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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I bought it for my college aged daughter and read it to convince her to do the same. It felt dated and read a little like a pushy salesmen (and I've been in corporate sales for over 20 years). Consequently, she didn't read it.
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The Student Success Manifesto is one of those rare books written from the perspective of a successful young adult. The valuable advice available on every page is a must read for anybody who seeks to achieve whatever they want in life. While the title of Michael's book obviously targets the younger crowd from 15-25, the strategies and concepts laid out in the book would definitely apply to all.

To top it off, each "EXTREME" concept is clearly explained and backed up with credible sources. Making the reading much more convicing compared to the other flak out there.

For those who are confused, at a loss or desperate for success. Read this book and I wish you EXTREME Success!
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The Student Success Manifesto is about training your mind to think like an "Extreme Entrepreneur". It is about not settling for less and taking control of your future by making proactive decisions today. In life you need both Passion and Direction. Many youth/students have one or the other. Michael's book can help you fill in the missing link. I highly recommend this book to any all youth/students looking for an edge to achieve their goals.
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