Review: You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life

Title: You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life
Author: Neil Pasricha
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

From Neil Pasricha—New York Times, million-copy bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, thought leader for the next generation, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world—comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience.

We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!

But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure…or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.

We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.

A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?

All rising!

What do we desperately need to learn?

RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.

Read You Are Awesome to learn:
• The single word that keeps your options open after failure
• What every commencement speech gets wrong
• 3 ways to dramatically accelerate your ability to learn and adapt
• The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate worry
• Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
• and much, much more…

Because the truth is, you really are awesome.


I loved this book! It was the perfect combination of Neil’s personal stories and research about living an awesome life.

This book was divided into nine different tips on how to be awesome. These include “Lose More to Win More,” which was about taking more chances to have more success as well as failure, and “Fine Small Ponds,” which was about finding success by being the big fish in a small pond.

Each of these tips were divided into easy to follow sections, which had a great mix of research and stories from Neil’s life. Each story he told illustrated the subject perfectly. These ranged from his mother’s resilience while growing up in Kenya, and a man who told him his biggest secrets during a flight.

I found this book so inspiring. It has made me so much more positive about my outlook on life and the way that I think about success.

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Have you read You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live and Intentional Life? What did you think of it?

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