"Feeling Lucky?" is about a struggling teen who lives in a violent and frustrating world. He is angry over the hand that life has dealt him. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy appears. On this one stormy and magical afternoon in the park, this former WWII fighter-pilot plants a see that forever changes the way his grandson looks at family, relationships and success. The once angry boy departs finally understanding what it really means to feel lucky! Do you feel it? Will you do what it takes to succeed in this imperfect world? Will people be better or worse off because they met you? Are you feeling lucky?
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Teens, are you feeling lucky? Well then, this book is the perfect experience for you! While you engage yourself in the pleasure reading of these lucky 7 chapters, you will undoubtedly experience the perfect 100! Teens, this book will make you fell luckier than you hve ever felt before in your entire life! Bravo for Feeling Lucky?! Bravo to you! You are taking charge of your life and investing your time to read Feeling Lucky? and you are pursuing your perfect 100 and your kaizan. This book will help you feel better about yourself and the world that you live in. You'll soon soar to new heights with Granddaddy, the WWII fighter-pilot and this book, Feeling Lucky?. Before you put down this book, you'll gain many valuable insights. This pleasure reading experience will increase the quality of your life. So come in, out of the storms of life. Grab this perfect book with Granddaddy's 100 perfect secrets. Get a snack, calm your mind, and get ready to participate in the game of life. No more sitting on the bench or being picked last. You'll ride the wave of success to new heights now. With the help of this book, you'll experience what it's like to be a winner. In the end, you'll be extremely lucky! Enjoy!
"...Well, I guess in some ways you should be thanking your father."
"For what!" I said incredulously. I couldn't believe Granddaddy just said that! I quipped, "That man made my life hell for years!"
Granddaddy replied, "It was a nightmare! It was hell! Exactly!!!..."
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and Empowering, A Must Read!,
April 14, 2011
This review is from: Feeling Lucky? (Paperback)
Daniel Blanchard's two decades of teaching and coaching teenagers is on full display in his empowering teen-leadership novel, Feeling Lucky? Providing the blueprint for a "peaceful, self-assured and confident" individual, Blanchard delves into the secrets of success, being lucky, weathering storms and visualizing the future.
Divided into seven chapters, Feeling Lucky? is a reservoir of practical advice designed to help teenagers face the challenges that they will encounter on the road to adulthood. The majority of the plot revolves around conversations between the main character--the frustrated teenager--and his estranged grandfather, fondly called "Granddaddy." Although he is an exceptional athlete--participating in three different sports--this teen is quite mediocre when it comes to academics, that is until certain interactions with Granddaddy bring about a marked improvement in his grades. The discouraged teen in this story feels as though he has been cheated by life, and interestingly, the brunt of his frustration is a byproduct of his father's "meanness" toward him and his brother.
Though Feeling Lucky? is essentially a self-help book, readers will be mesmerized by the powerful character of Granddaddy. One of the most fascinating concepts that Granddaddy preaches is the notion that everyone, throughout history, are old friends. More specifically, Granddaddy advises the teenager, "Remember, everything you want to know has already been written down by someone. All you have to do is venture out and find it." In other words, take charge of your life by consulting the wise men of the past--people like Mahatma Gandhi--who knew the secrets of success.
More than anything else, Feeling Lucky? teaches the individual to evolve from being a spectator of life to being a part of the action in a positive way. If one thing can be taken from this book, it's the idea of hope, and for a teenager, being able to cling to that hope means everything.
Feeling Lucky ultimately, using methods of Kaizen and visualization, allows the individual to control his emotions and regain control and authority over his/her own life. The book culminates with "Granddaddy's Secrets: The Perfect 100," a list of one hundred ingredients in the recipe of success. Examples include, "Planning ahead makes you a superstar," "the root of all unhappiness comes from wanting more and not being happy with what you have," and "you have to fail your way to success."
Daniel Blanchard's Feeling Lucky is a must-read page-turner that has the potential to recondition the way one perceives him/herself and others.
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