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The Student Success Manifesto Paperback – August, 2003
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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 is currently the co-founder and CEO of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education.
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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
Elimination of Obstacles
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.
~The Rebecca Review
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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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by BalboaMom
Like holy cow, this book is taking nearly a month to deliver and my summer vacation is nearly over. I still have no received it! Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Mandy
The basic ideas underlying this book - that people should follow their dreams, work at what they enjoy, don't blindly follow the crowd, etc., are unquestionably good ideas. Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by Amazon Customer
There are certain times when you are feeling down and out and feel really lost. I equate it to someone who is running a marathon and they get to the final mile, it is the hardest... Read morePublished on June 23, 2005 by Arel Moodie
As I read the Student Success Manifesto things seemed to fall into place for me. Although a cliché, it was as if the words on the page were speaking to me. Read morePublished on June 19, 2005 by D. Fath
Mr. Simmons' book provides higher-order-insight along with rubber-meets-the road applicability. Forward thinking people of all ages would benefit from this text. Read morePublished on June 10, 2005 by Vic G. Sarjoo
This book admits being some sort of tangent among success novels, but it really isn't the retrospective insight it promises. I can't believe it's had 11 straight 5-star ratings. Read morePublished on January 23, 2005
The Student Success Manifesto is one of those rare books written from the perspective of a successful young adult. Read morePublished on October 1, 2004 by Alvin Huang
I am so very fortunate to have been able to get my hands on this book while I am in my JR year at the University of Delaware. Read morePublished on October 31, 2003