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The Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness Paperback – August 17, 2010
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Drawing from his own experiences as a troubled youth, plus nearly a decade of motivational speaking to teen audiences, Shipp offers an unusually stimulating approach to making life decisions, rejecting bad choices, and nurturing a sense of self-identity. In his view, it is all about “dominating” one’s own self and world (without dominating those of others, which is evil) by identifying and dealing with teeming hordes of “villains”—which include Ghosts (i.e., self-imposed fears and limitations), Robots (who seek to replace individual paths with preprogrammed career expectations), and similarly metaphorical Ninjas, Zombies, Pirates, Vampires, and Puppies. Though he waxes platitudinous toward the end (“Never settle for good”; “You need to have a plan”; “Cool isn’t for sale”) his hip vocabulary, vivid imagery, and confrontational rhetoric (“In your face, but on your side,” as he repeatedly writes) should keep readers engaged, and may well prompt some slackers to get off the stick. Grades 8-11. --John Peters
“'Be the hero of your own story' gets a twenty-first-century makeover with candor, sound advice, and raw, real truisms you just can't duck-n-dodge. Simply put: If you don't choose to control your own world, then other people will call the shots for you.” -AMY JUSSEL, Executive Director of SHAPING YOUTH
"As a counselor who works with tweens, teens, and parents, I would definitely recommend this book. Josh writes in a way that connects with his teen audience. He offers solid advice and life lessons without being preachy or condescending. Worth the read for parents and kids alike." -Julie Smith, Licensed Family Therapist
"Josh Shipp's book The Teen's Guide to World Domination is full of hilarious stories, great advice and countless life lessons which capture the heart and mind of a teenager helping him or her to navigate a path towards success." -Sean Covey, Author of "THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS"
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Her feeling was that these follow-up lines may have been meant to be funny, but it was a turn-off to her. She is a sensitive young lady, who likes to take her time to ponder new ideas, so this style of push back just didn't work for her. I get others may not have the same reaction as my daughter, and while I did feel it was a tad pushy, I forgave Mr. Shipp, because I still think his insights and advice are very good. Like I said, I wish someone had told me this stuff at that age - would have saved me some of my early gray hairs - or maybe some of those I caused my mother back then!?
I decided to read this book, and for the first few pages I just was like, "This doesn't help me... Already know it... Bleh." then suddenly, I hit the part when he talks about villains in our lives, and the first villain he talks about are "Ghost," which is like bad memories coming to haunt you. I was in shock, like, "Oh my god, there is a name for that?!" because I had been dealing with ghost for that last two years nonstop. I had so many people telling me I'd fail, that I was a horrible person with no friends, I'd never do anything in life, and it stuck with me through these ghost, when all of it was untrue. I had let other people label me, which he also talks about.
The day I read this book was the day after three months of being absolutely angry (I had been doing really stupid stuff too, such as wandering around the streets at midnight) to being back to a girl who was willing to fight for herself. Got accepted in an amazing school, and I now deal with the villains in my life without fear.
READ THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. It doesn't matter if you have issues in your life or not! It just is great for learning about basic people.
I haven't read the book. My 17 year old said it is full of good information, but is written for younger kids. I have noticed that she is more appreciative and likely to help with household chores since she has read it. Next in line is my 14 year old. I'll write another review when she finishes.
He loved it, even read it a second time. My brother spends most of his time playing computer games... So glad I got it for him.