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I Am Gifted, So Are You! Paperback – June 1, 2002
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About the Author
Adam Khoo is known as one of the most dynamic and powerful speakers in Asia. He is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer.
A self-made millionaire at the age of 26, Adam owns and manages four businesses with a combined turnover of $20m.
He has motivated and trained over 20,000 students, teachers, managers, executives and sales professionals.
His success and achievements have been featured in major newspapers and TV programmes.
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by Adam Khoo
I have read the early edition of this book. Basically, the author has interweaved his personal journey from being an under-achieving teenager to a super-achiever professional, after having attended the five-day residential boot-camp for teens, known as the SuperTeen Holiday Camp, into the student success secrets as embodied in his book.
Fully charged up & with the effective study skills acquired at the camp, he moved up from the bottom of his class, secured a top place in his secondary school, moved on further to top his pre-university class at a prestigious junior college, entered the national university & even got selected into the Talent Development Program consecutively for four years, & finally finished his studies with honours.
Technically, in his book, the author has incorporated more or less the entire curriculum of the SuperTeen Holiday Camp, especially the hard skill sets, to form an integral part of his book. The hard skill sets refer to goal setting, time management, speed reading, information gathering, note taking & making with spidergrams, super memory, lesson revision, test preparation, creative writing & strategic application in the exams.
The author has managed to cover only part of the soft skill sets, which have their experiential foundations embedded in the outdoor adventures, rope courses & group pattern games of the SuperTeen Holiday camp curriculum. The soft skill sets cover building self-esteem, self-confidence & self-image, understanding the mind/body connection, changing belief systems, over-coming fears, inter-personal/intra-personal communications, enhancing relationships (family, peers, teachers), building trust, developing the 'eye of the tiger' focus, understanding the spermatozoa analogy, etc. Personal breakthroughs often come to the camp participants through deliberate encounters with these soft skills.
It is pertinent to mention that the SuperTeen Holiday Camp has been created around the mid-80's by Mr Ernest Wong. He has systematically put together the camp curriculum after having been trained in the United States by Jack Canfield, Eric Jensen, Tony Buzan & Robert Dilts.
Jack has been one of North America's leading experts in developing self esteem & peak performance, although be is better known for his 'Chicken Soup' stuff. Eric has been the co-founder of the internationally reknown SuperCamp with Bobbi dePorter. Both Bobbi & Eric have apparently been involved in the faculty part of the now-defunct Burklyn Business School in Vermont, CA, which brought Georgi Lozanov, recognised as the father of Suggestology, from Bulgaria to United States during the late 70's/early 80's. Eric left later to start Turning Point for Educators. The latter taught accelerated learning techniques to educators, teachers & trainers. In some way, this probably explains the curriculum similarities of SuperTeen Holiday Camp with SuperCamp (which incidentally also runs their residential camps for both young kids & teens in Singapore). Tony Buzan is the creator of mindmapping. Robert Dilts runs his own school of neuro-linguistic programming. Mr Wong has successfully integrated the teachings of these experts into his camp curriculum, with an Asian teenaged audience in mind.
The author, upon completion of his university studies, eventually joined Mr Wong as a co-trainer in the SuperTeen Holiday Camp, as well as in the local schools, for a number of years. It was during this period that he wrote his debut book, with the blessings of Mr Wong of course. The author has always acknowledged Mr Wong as his first mentor. In early 2002 or 2003, & owing to some conceptual differences in future business, the author left abruptly to start his own training company, using his book as the springboard. In real terms, he has unashamedly cannibalised the entire curriculum (even the jokes & anecdotes) of SuperTeen Holiday Camp into his own 'I am Gifted, So Are You' Camp.
To put it bluntly, the protege has now turned the table against the master & become the dominant competitor.
Coming back to the book, I must add that it is visually appealing because of its catchy graphical illustrations, compared to most student success books I have come across. Best of all, it is in colour! For all its intents & purposes, it is relatively well-written.
It is primarily targetted at a teenaged audience, ranging between 12 & 18. In this respect, for college-bound teens, this may not be a good book to read. For them, I would strongly suggest Adam Robinson's 'What Smart Students Know', together with Sean Covey's '7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens.' 'The Power of Focus for College Students: How to Make College the Best Investment of Your Life' by Andrew Hewitt & Luc d'Abadie is worth reading, too, for broader & global perspectives.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more active learning approach with self assessments & activities to apply concepts in your own lives, I would suggest Robert Throops' 'Reaching Your Potential: Personal & Professional Development'. The latter is a much larger & thicker book, but definitely worthwhile for systematic exploration.
In terms of rating for this book, I would be inclined to rate it rather low for its lack of originality & imagination on the part of the author. However, for sharing his personal experiences of under-achievement in school & eventually super-achievement in life, thus creating a role model for many student readers who would probably be in the same boat, the author certainly deserves a higher rating. I will give it a 4.
For readers, who are keen to explore the technological underpinnings of the above book &/or the SuperTeen Holiday Camp as a whole, I would like to suggest the following readings:
- 100 Ways to Develop Student Self Esteem & Responsibility;
- 100 Ways to Enhance Self Concept in the Classroom;
- Self Esteem & Peak Performance;
- Student Success Secrets;
- B's & A's in 30 Days: Strategies for Better Grades in College
- You can Succeed: The Ultimate Study Guide for Students;
- Quantum Learning: Unleashing the Genius in You;
- Quantum Teaching: Orchestrating Student Success;
- Use Both Sides of the Brain;
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP);
- Applications of NLP;
- Changing Belief Systems with NLP;
- A Teaching Experience with the Suggestopaedic Method;
- Psychology of Winning;
- Unlimited Power;
- Awaken the Giant Within;
- Present Yourself: The Simple Way to give Powerful & Effective Presentations;
The ideas in this book were copied from elsewhere. Save your money, go get from the original source - buy Use Your Head by Tony Buzan, Accerelated Learning by Colin Rose and Learning Revolution.
Adam Khoo can talk very well, but unfortunately, most of his ideas were either craps or copied from elsewhere. He tried to present himself as the Tony Robbins of Singapore.
I wouldn't waste my time reading Adam Khoo's books.
<u><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Agenda
"I am Gifted, so Are You" is written by an author who has educated numberless students in Asia. You can learn more about him in the first few pages of the book. I have arranged here for you a springboard path whilst reading. You can follow the sequence or start from the segment that interests you the most, but remember, all of them are essential to your holistic personal development.
I wish you an abiding journey for the days ahead. 持之以恒，百折不挠。
<u>Part I: Strong Foundation</u>
Read Chapter 1 through 6 first. The chapters give you a glimpse of what you are missing and how you can improve yourself. They lay a strong foundation (as in the roots of a tree) for your life in primary school and beyond. Time is yours to use and arrange. For instance, you can read up this book during your sleepless nights or while waiting for a bus/train.
<u>Part II: Eternal Memory</u>
Read Chapter 7 on Mind-mapping. You have a talent in Art. Mind map gives you a chance to combine your creativeness and logical-inferring skills to mimic how our brains actually think and work. It is not an easy chapter, but it will certainly be worth your effort upon mastering this note-making tool. Consider gaining an improved memory and understanding to your studies, why not?
<u>Part III: Power Application</u>
Read Chapter 8 and 9 together. If you consider the mind map metaphorically to the trunk of a tree, these two chapters are the branches and leaves. They stretch your mind to a new horizon; seeing things differently yet positively. You will learn more new things quickly and convert them into meaningful applications as to what chlorophyll does when taking in sunlight.
<u>Part IV: Efficient Planning</u>
Read Chapter 10, 11, 17 and 18. You can jump from chapter to chapter, do not restrain yourself. These chapters explain why our memory fails us sometimes. On the contrary, they also provide solutions to cure the 'pains'. We have to learn different strategies to better-planning and re-scheduling our daily activities.
<u>Part V: Morale Boosters</u>
Finish up chapter 12 to 16. These are the 'nutrients'. You must take them in order to move on in your life - whether in your study, career, family and/or social life. In addition, Chapter 15 reinforces Part IV; it teaches you how and why you need to master your time.