You Got This! : Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World
by Penn, Maya S.

The Big Question: What Will I Do with My Life?
Flip-Floppers, Blank-Drawers, and Under-Thinkers: Which One Are You?
How a Dream Board Can Help You Dream Big: Zeroing In on What Makes You Awesome
Make Your Own Dream Board
Creativity + Curiosity = Your Awesomeness, Unleashed
What If Nothing on My Dream Board Jumps Out?
Busting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Creating a Concept Vault
Make Your Own Idea Book
So You've Got an Idea ... Now What?
Building a Support Network: Recruiting Traveling Companions on Your Creative Journey
A Word about Internet Smarts and Safety
Emailing a Prospective Mentor
Detours, Derailments, and Curveballs: Avoiding Common Traps on the Creative Path
Deep-Freezers and Sprinters: Which One Are You?
Haters, Haters, Go Away
Is Your Idea Ready to Fly?
Can One Person Really Change the World?
Youth Who Are Changing the World: Mary-Pat Hector
Youth Who Are Changing the World: Mario Ridgley Jr.
Youth Who Are Changing the World: Veronica Lorya
Youth Who Are Changing the World: Taylor Moxey
Discovering Your Destiny: Where Will Your Path Take You?
What Now?201(2)
Thank Yous203

Everyone is talking about the entrepreneur, animator, eco-designer, and girls’ rights activist Maya Penn. Her TEDWomen Talk has been viewed over 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). Now this amazing teenager has written an inspirational handbook for teens and young adults to help them discover their passions and maximize their full potential for a creative, successful life.

Maya Penn is a remarkable teen entrepreneur who has given three TED Talks, created her own eco-friendly fashion line, developed animated films, and appeared on The View with Whoopi Goldberg. She has even been name-checked by bestselling authors Gabrielle Bernstein, Steve Harvey, and Eve Ensler. All while still in middle school!

Although Maya is extraordinary in many ways, and her success is a testament to her own creativity, passion, and fearlessness—these are traits that can be cultivated in all of us.

In You Got This! Maya shares her incredible journey to becoming an artist, designer, philanthropist, and business owner. She provides a creative blueprint for teens and young adults, along with the tools she used to build an authentic, exciting, and connected life, and offers creative prompts for cultivating success. So let your creativity and passion flow freely and watch as your world transforms—it all starts with you!

Penn is an eco-friendly fashion designer, entrepreneur, artist, animator, coder, writer, philanthropist, and activist. She is also, as she puts it, just your average 15-year-old. She started her remarkable career when she was eight and having previously shared her insights through three TED talks and multiple television appearances (including The View), now offers tips to her middle- and high-school peers on how to realize their own ambitions. Her advice ranges from practical (how to start an online business) to motivational (ignore naysayers) and incorporates anecdotes about other remarkable teens. While no one can dispute Penn's impressive accomplishments, it is clear that she has had considerable support along the way (homeschooling, field trips to, among other places, the Museum of Modern Art, summer classes at the Savannah School of Design). While not all young adults have access to these types of resources, everyone needs a little encouragement now and then, and these accessible, breezy doses of positivity go down nice and easy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Maya started her first business at the age of 8, and she hasn't looked back. Now 15, she has started a nonprofit organization, been featured in dozens of articles and interviews, and given three TED talks. In the African-American teen's first inspirational self-help book, she attempts to share some of her process with her readers. She explains the value of a dream board, the importance of finding out what kind of creative person you are, and she directs her readers to find friends and mentors that provide encouragement. Maya offers plenty of good advice and peppers her narrative with her own stories of success and the challenges she overcame. However, she seems to be able to blink away some of the challenges she faced a little too easily, as when she recalls being taunted about her natural hair: "I felt a self-consciousness about my hair that had never been there before. (Luckily I w as able to get over that.)" Had she explored these rough times more thoroughly, her book would have been even more useful to those readers for whom confidence and friends don't come easily. There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15) Copyright Kirkus 2016 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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