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Feeling Lucky?

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Feeling Lucky? is changing lives one reader at a time. Come enjoy the story of a teen, a Granddaddy and a new unique way of looking at leadership, family, and life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Feeling Lucky? is about a teen struggling with life in a violent and frustrating world. He's trying to do what he can, but he's angry about the hand life has dealt him. Then, out of the blue, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy stops by to see him. They go for a walk in the park, and for one stormy and magical afternoon, Granddaddy talks about being a former WWII fighter-pilot, about the past, his famous friends, and about how he has escaped a meaningless life.
As an award-winning author, speaker, and educator Dan Blanchard shares real-life lessons and inspiring stories with audiences of teens, adults, educators, and sometimes a mixture of all three. His goal is to positively think what we think is possible, regardless of how old we are.
Dan has seven educational degrees, has been an inner-city school teacher and athletic coach for over 20 years, and has a passion for teaching, inspiring, and working with teens. His "Granddaddy's Secrets" book series was inspired by their lives, accomplishments, and struggles, and his own absolute belief in every teen's potential.  --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: America Star Books (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451240775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451240771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,794,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Blanchard's two decades of teaching and coaching teenagers is on full display in his empowering teen-leadership novel, Feeling Lucky? Providing the blueprint for a "peaceful, self-assured and confident" individual, Blanchard delves into the secrets of success, being lucky, weathering storms and visualizing the future.

Divided into seven chapters, Feeling Lucky? is a reservoir of practical advice designed to help teenagers face the challenges that they will encounter on the road to adulthood. The majority of the plot revolves around conversations between the main character--the frustrated teenager--and his estranged grandfather, fondly called "Granddaddy." Although he is an exceptional athlete--participating in three different sports--this teen is quite mediocre when it comes to academics, that is until certain interactions with Granddaddy bring about a marked improvement in his grades. The discouraged teen in this story feels as though he has been cheated by life, and interestingly, the brunt of his frustration is a byproduct of his father's "meanness" toward him and his brother.

Though Feeling Lucky? is essentially a self-help book, readers will be mesmerized by the powerful character of Granddaddy. One of the most fascinating concepts that Granddaddy preaches is the notion that everyone, throughout history, are old friends. More specifically, Granddaddy advises the teenager, "Remember, everything you want to know has already been written down by someone. All you have to do is venture out and find it." In other words, take charge of your life by consulting the wise men of the past--people like Mahatma Gandhi--who knew the secrets of success.

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"Feeling Lucky" is about a struggling teen who lives in a violent and frustrating world. He is angry over the hand that life has dealt him. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy appears. On this one stormy and magical afternoon in the park, this former WWII fighter-pilot plants a seed that forever changes the way his grandson looks at family, relationships and success. The once angry boy departs finally understanding what it really means to feel lucky! Do you feel it? Will you do what it takes to succeed in this imperfect world? Will people be better or worse off because they met you?
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As a life coach, I love it when I find a book filled with coaching tips in the format of a story teens will find engaging. It makes the lessons and principles it provides for living a meaningful and purposeful life more memorable and accessible.

This book, written by an inner city high school teacher, hits that target because he clearly understands what teens want and need to hear. His book tells the story of an authentic mentoring relationship between a grandfather and grandson, with “Granddaddy” skillfully intertwining the lessons he’s learned throughout his own life with stories of the struggles, losses, and triumphs people throughout history have experienced. He helps his grandson recognize that life offers challenge to everybody—including teenagers.

This book strikes the perfect balance between stories and strategies that every teen can benefit from. Most memorable among them is the truth that the biggest difference between us isn’t determined by where we started, it’s determined by the choices we make. The tools, strategies, ideas, motivations, and inspirations in this book may be classics, but Dan has done an amazing job of stepping beyond the classroom and making them current, relevant and a must read for today’s teenager and I have heard Dan speak and love his down to earth style which would be a great fit for a teen leadership event. Because the book impressed me I actually invited Dan to be a guest on a military community podcast where he offers a sneak peak at some of the tips found in this book (www.mymilitarylife.com) in hopes of getting his message out to as many teens as he can.
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By Sahara on October 19, 2015
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Daniel Blanchard’s book “Feeling Lucky?” is a book I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to read. Reading this book feels like sitting down with a good friend, someone who really cares about you and wants to share secrets with you to inspire, uplift and challenge you to live a truly meaningful life. “Feeling Lucky?” has many valuable, commonsense, lessons that can help anyone of us live a life full of promise, a life that we can truly be proud of. Sometimes even with the best of intentions, we feel stuck, unable and unsure how we can achieve our goals. “Feeling Lucky?” will give you that extra nudge to go after your dreams, stop holding on to a past that may be holding you back, believe in yourself, resolve once and for all to take control of your life.
Anyone who has ever said or thought “I wish I knew then I what I know now” needs to get a copy of “Feeling Lucky?” read it and then pass it on to a loved one.
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