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You Are Awesome

How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life


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About The Book


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?

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.

Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers suffer from anxiety, depression, and loneliness. What do we need to learn? RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.

Let this #1 international bestseller teach you:
⁠-The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate stress
⁠-What every commencement speech gets wrong
⁠-3 questions that help tell yourself a different story
⁠-The single word that keeps your options open after failure
⁠-Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
…and much, much more!

Because the truth is, you really are awesome.

About The Author

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Neil Pasricha thinks, writes, and speaks about intentional living. He is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation, which together have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists and have sold over a million copies. He hosts the award-winning podcast 3 Books, where he’s on a fifteen-year quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world by interviewing people such as Malcolm Gladwell, Judy Blume, and the world’s top-ranked Uber driver. He gives more than fifty speeches a year, appearing for audiences at places such as Harvard, SXSW, and Shopify. He has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School, and lives in Toronto with his family. Connect with him on social media @NeilPasricha or get his latest writing for free at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 27, 2020)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781508278221

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Raves and Reviews

“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

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

“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 is a guidebook for those establishing careers and raising families. But it's also for those of us in later years facing 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

“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 Katerina

“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 re-visiting 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

“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

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

“This utterly charming book will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step.”
— ADAM GRANT, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“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, New York Times best-selling author of Big Potential

“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

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