Fantastic People who Dared to Fail!

True Stories of People Who Changed the World By Falling Down First

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review

Young people face immense pressure to succeed, be it in exams, competitions or their future career, and many are terrified that they won’t make the grade. The premise of this inspiring book is that failure is a necessary part of success, as it builds resilience, determination and perseverance, all of which are key life skills.

Featuring an eclectic mix of people who have made a difference in the world, from athletes and artists to politicians and inventors, it explores the setbacks they have overcome to achieve their goals.

Read about Harry Potter author J K Rowling, whose manuscript was rejected 12 times before finally being accepted for publication and selling hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. And consider the tenacity of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton, who won a national surfing championship the year after her arm was bitten off by a shark.

The author speaks directly to the reader, repeatedly asking how they would react if faced with these barriers and continually encouraging them to feel energised rather than defeated if things don’t go according to plan. This thought-provoking, informative book is ideal to motivate children to develop a sense of self-belief and fortitude when considering who they want to be.

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