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.
Why is life getting harder instead of easier? How do I get back up after life knocks me down? And how do I grow stronger and live more intentionally?
What happened to famines? Great Depressions? Plagues? For most of us, these are distant memories. We’re living in an era with 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?
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 —Why you need to have more one-night stands —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)
Neil Pasricha thinks, writes, and speaks about intentional living. He is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation, which together have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists and have sold over 1,000,000 copies. He hosts the award-winning podcast 3 Books where he’s on a fifteen-year-long quest to uncover the thousand most formative books in the world. He gives over fifty speeches a year, appearing for audiences at TED, SXSW, and Google. He has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook @neilpasricha. You can visit him at GlobalHappiness.org, Neil.blog, 3books.co, and 1000awesomethings.com. You can email him at email@example.com.
“With all the world throws at us, resilience is now a precious commodity, and it’s the underpinning of this terrifically helpful book by Neil Pasricha. You Are Awesome is more than a boost for your self-esteem, it’s a perspective-setter for failure and success, and an homage to the amazing reserves of the human soul.” — MITCH ALBOM, author of Finding Chika and The Five People You Meet In Heaven
"No one knows 'awesome' like Neil Pasricha, and here he explores how we can make our very lives more awesome. With real-life stories and a conversational style, he shows how we can move forward in the face of challenge to make our days more intentional and joyful." — GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm
“Neil was an incredibly quiet, shy, and curious student in my classroom over thirty years ago. I have long retired from teaching and am now watching as he becomes the teacher for me and many others. This book is a guidebook for those establishing careers and raising families. But it’s also for those of us in later years who are still seeking to set aside precious time for people and activities we love and who face a whole new set of challenges. As always, Neil's glass is half full and his enthusiasm for living is truly infectious.” — MRS. STELLA DORSMAN, Neil’s third grade teacher
“There are few things more certain in all aspects of life than set backs! Finding the resilience to, not just cope, but take these in your stride and ultimately learn from them is a critical skill in today’s unpredictable world. Neil’s book provides an invaluable framework and toolkit. Full of practical ideas and suggestions, supported by personal anecdotes and stories that bring them to life. Neil has done it again, produced a personal, practical and universal guide to life.” — DAVID CHEESEWRIGHT, Former President and CEO, Walmart International
“Do you have thin skin like the rest of us? The tool you need is resilience. Let this deeply researched book be your step-by-step guide.” — SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet
“A brilliant book, generous, heartfelt and true. Neil is going to help you change your life.” — SETH GODIN, author of Linchpin and Tribes
“Pick up this book for its gloriously self-affirming title—after all, you are awesome! — and stay for its wise and transformative advice. Writing in his usual engaging style, Pasricha will challenge you to build resilience, get out of your own way, and pursue a life of accomplishment and meaning.” — DANIEL H. PINK, author of When, Drive and To Sell Is Human
“I have been through struggle. I have been through loss. And I have had to get stronger. Resilience is a muscle that hurts to build. What would have made it easier? Neil’s words. This book. A recipe for thickening our skin in thin-skinned times.” — JAMES FREY, author of A Million Little Pieces
“With Neil’s signature style of humor, research, whimsy and insight, You Are Awesome touches a chord and shows us the power of combining optimism and resilience to create more meaning at work, school and home.” — SHAWN ACHOR, author of Big Potential
“With simple effortlessness, Neil renders complex ideas easily memorable and everyday practical.” — CHRIS HADFIELD, former Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut's Guide To Life
“You Are Awesome is the exact book we need to offset the constant negativity that comes in and out of our life each day. Pasricha forces us to look within and become the best we can be by controlling our inner voice and blocking all the distractions.” — MICHAEL LOMBARDI, former NFL executive with three Super Bowl rings and host of The GM Shuffle
“I give this book five stars! Actually star’s rating be so insufficient when it comes to Neil Pasricha, I give him all the universe for being the Sun, the light, the hope the happiness for so many of us in life with his extraordinary efforts in writing this book, what a book, seems a bible of happiness, a Google map of revisiting life! Thanks for yet another wonder Neil . . .” — VISHWAS AGGRAWAL, the world’s greatest Uber driver with a 4.99 rating and over 5,000 rides
“Pasricha's tone is light, but his message is thought-provoking and inspiring. . . Under Pasricha’s guidance, readers learn how to reframe their stories and put life in perspective, making the road to awesome not only possible but enjoyable. ” — Booklist