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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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I deliver presentations to teens on a weekly basis and I know they'd love this book. In fact, I know some of them already have. Don't let the title mislead you - this book is written to explain how to understand your life and make the changes you need to be successful. It's not about world domination, it's about self-domination. Take control of your story, your friends, and your goals and good things will happen.
There aren't many people talking to teens who treat them with respect. Josh is one of them.
This book is funny, approachable, light hearted yet dead serious and on point. The only world you can dominate is your own and there are "villains" that will try to stop you from doing such. If you know how to deal with them, you win. If not, you lose.
This book should be called "The Human's Guide to World Domination" it's a great book for teens, young adults and adults.
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