Transforming mindsets: Read our review of Dare To Be You by Matthew Syed

Transforming mindsets: Read our review of Dare To Be You by Matthew Syed

It is a curious fate of the human condition that we allow our confidence to be undermined by other people. It happens to us all at various stages of our lives and some of us never manage it or overcome it. Author Matthew Syed draws on his own life experience,  examining key events from his teenage years and investigating better coping strategies and techniques, passing on advice to teens and tweens to inspire them to dare to be themselves, defy self-doubt and confidently make their own path in the world. 

This is the book that every adult wishes they’d been given when they were starting to feel peer pressure and social norms closing in. It’s full of solid advice, tips, wisdom and mental exercises that are usable at any age. This book targets children aged 10+ with on-trend illustrations and break out boxes that sort the information into easily digestible chunks. There are nine clear chapter themes: self-doubt, individuality, difference, discovering your uniqueness, curiosity, taking action, kindness, roadblocks and making your own path. There is also an index for quick reference, as this book will undoubtedly be referred to many times over. 

There are many real-life examples of successful people from the worlds of sport, science, the arts, and business who dared to be themselves, following their own unique path and forging ahead to find happiness and fulfilment. He includes well-known young adults such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, as well as many that don’t have such huge profiles but have nevertheless made a big impact in their countries or community when they dared to be different, took action and overcame roadblocks. These examples, and the tools he provides, should prove to be inspirational for young readers, as well as for adults. 

This book would make a great gift for any tween or teen, and I imagine parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will be the purchasers. It will be a powerful tool if adults embrace it and read it so that the language and messages can be utilised in casual conversation or more serious discussions. Look for the journal that accompanies it, especially if you know the recipient enjoys journaling and creativity. It also has a place in school libraries and classrooms and many of the activities in the book can be adapted for a school setting. 

With worldwide problems looming large in their lives, there has never been a tougher time for tweens and teens to navigate self-doubt and conquer the anguish of fitting in while trying to find their own path and discover their unique identity. This entertaining book might just be the inspiration for a new generation that is more confident, more assured and more compassionate. 

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    Publisher details

    Dare to Be You
    Authors
    Matthew Syed, Toby Triumph
    Publisher
    Hachette
    Genre
    Non Fiction
    Released
    08 September, 2020

    Synopsis

    Discover the power of diverse thinking in this exciting new book from the bestselling, award-winning author of YOU ARE AWESOME, Matthew Syed.From the bestselling, award-winning author of You Are Awesome comes the much-anticipated follow-up, DARE TO BE YOU.What would you dare to try if you stopped worrying about fitting in?If you're the kind of person who thinks: I don't like standing out from the crowd ... I wish I could be more like the cool kids ... There's no point trying to change things ... then this book is for you.Because guess what? There's no such thing as normal.Drawing examples from sport, science and even business, Dare to Be You empowers young readers to follow their own path, love what makes them different and question the world around them. With You Are Awesome's trademark mix of hilarious text, stylish illustration, personal insights and inspiring real-life examples, including Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, Matthew Syed introduces children to the power of diverse thinking.When you stop doubting yourself, embrace change and let your kindness loose, you become your own action hero. This groundbreaking, practical and positive book will help kids develop the inner confidence to grow into happy adults who know - and, more importantly, LIKE - themselves.
    Toby Triumph
    About the author

    Toby Triumph

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    Matthew Syed
    About the author

    Matthew Syed

    Matthew Syed is a leading columnist and feature writer for The Times and the host of the UK's biggest podcast: Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy on BBC Radio 5. Matthew also gives business talks to major international corporate clients including. Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three times Commonwealth Champion, and he twice represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games.Matthew Syed's first book, Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. His second, Black Box Thinking, was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. He has also published a collection of his award-winning sports columns in The Greatest.

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