Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success; How to Prosper Without Being at the Top of the Class

Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success

by Cynthia Kocialski
Release date: 12th January, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 112 (paperback copy sent for the blog-tour in exchange for an honest review)

Summary from Goodreads:

In our grade-focused school years, the rules of success seemed as simple as making straight As. However, in the working world, success is often far more complex, and formal education is only the baseline to ensuring career advancement in a highly competitive world, where prospective employees are up against international candidates who have been long schooled in skills. Now, a self-professed over-achiever shares how her professional triumphs wildly strayed from the honor roll tactics in an eye-opening, easy-to-read compilation of truisms from the trenches of real life.

Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success: How to Prosper Without Being at the Top of the Class offers hard-won wisdom on achieving professional glory that will serve as an invaluable resource to anyone who is contemplating a career, or for parents who want to help their children lay the groundwork for success in the work place. Inspired by the experience of her daughters, Kocialski realized that many young adults graduate and are completely unaware of a new playing field that is not always predicated by superior grades or talents.

In eighteen concise chapters, the author draws from her professional achievements and challenges to debunk common myths that can lead astray aspiring professionals in the early years of forging a career. This slim, indispensable book serves up the “aha!” moments that will assist young hopefuls and parents in navigating the path to success. Does practice really make perfect? Do good things come to those who wait? From teamwork to tooting your own horn, this matter-of-fact guide to greatness underscores that happily, successfully ever after does not just happen; it’s the result of planning, promoting, taking action, and going for it. Inspiring and uplifting, this simply brilliant take on creating a career will help anyone realize their goals, anyone avoid common pitfalls, and lay the groundwork through the secondary talents, skills, and mindset necessary for optimal success.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

For once, reading a book that was not about fantasy, love and friendship felt good. Really good. You know why? Because this book is about success and confidence for the average teenager, and God knows I was the average teenager. And honestly, I wish I had read this book before.

The thing about the book Cynthia wrote is that she offers real tips, real knowledge, real advices for the kids that are not at top of the class to make clever choices, to actually pursue their dreams and conquer everything that gets in their way.

Most of the stories the author shares with us come from her life and that was comforting. I don't know how my future (really future) kids will do in school and that, if I'm honest, scares me a little bit because I was terrible and I never knew what I wanted to do with my time or my life... and that's really difficult to deal with; it took me years to figure out what I wanted and, with this book, I probably would have done my choices faster.

So there you go, for obvious reasons I won't rate this book but, with my hand in my heart and a huge smile in my face, if you have a friend, a cousin, a brother or a son who doesn't know what to do and how to do it and if he/she is afraid she is not good enough then get this book and read it with him/her.
Everyone deserves a chance and everyone needs to know that we are way better than we imagine.

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  1. Great book for parents and teens planning their career.

  2. Hey I love the title to this! It sounds like a very fun read. Thanks for the review.

    Stop by Gripped into Books sometime :)

  3. This sounds really interesting. I may have to pick it up. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success is probably one of the most well written books on how to be successful...apart from dis book dere is a book called ONE BOOK FOR LIFE
    SUCCESS.It is probably one of the most amazing books I have read in my life.After reading this book I am a much more confident individual...Tanx venu

    somineni...u rock!!!


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