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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Self-Help - 200 pages
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Inspirational and practical, this is a self-help book written specifically for teenagers. It's not about the quest for greatness or stardom, but about the journey to self-discovery. Including stories of famous people and ordinary people who have done amazing things, it's a step-by-step guide to living the life you want, rather than trying to live up to others' expectations. It's about finding the right path to get to where you want to be. Taking inspiration from heroes as diverse as Nelson Mandela, Buffy, the Dalai Lama, Cathy Freeman, Jesse Martin, Kylie Minogue, Stuart Diver and Louise Sauvage, this book shows how to set goals, organize priorities and learn invaluable life skills.

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Page 136 - Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Page 42 - I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream...
Page 135 - PM 29 ... our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Page 67 - It is not the . critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
Page 42 - I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream...
Page 135 - We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Page 173 - I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.
Page 173 - The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Page 42 - I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.

About the author (2003)

JIM STYNES began his career as a Gaelic footballer. He moved to Melbourne in 1984 to play Aussie Rules for Melbourne, winning the 1991 Brownlow Medal. In 1994 with Paul Currie he co-founded Reach Youth which has become one of the most influential educational institutions in the country...PAUL CURRIE is currently directing feature films in Melbourne. He began his career teaching actors and directing theatre, founding the Elliott Currie Drama Studio in 1993 where he produced many shows and trained some of Australia's most successful performers. He is actively involved in Reach Youth as a creative director. ..JON CARNEGIE runs highly successful self-development workshops in schools. In 2001 he received an award for his outstanding contribution to education in Australia. He trained and worked as a teacher in Melbourne before heading overseas for several years to pursue a career as a writer.

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