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This book is beautifully written. While telling Leslie Odom, Jr.'s story, true words of wisdom are threaded throughout for the reader to reflect upon. This book showcases the value of hard work, love, dedication, and gratitude.
I can’t decide where to begin...this book is eloquently written in such a way that it matches the message I try to deliver to my kids everyday. I have been a fan of this man since 2009 and he inspires me and my daughter in everything he does.
Read the book, use it when you can’t form the words to inspire your kids to chase their dreams. Stay Woke, and #trustthejourney.
This is a great book chronicling the rise of a meteoric talent. I must say, I feel inspired and moved. Much of his book is about getting unstuck from life's obstacles and it deeply resonated with me. It's a quick read and so worth it!
I finished this book in about 3 hours total. I was hooked! His ability to write and compel the reader to learn a lesson in every sentence is incredible. I did not want this book to end! If you have any interest in Broadway, acting or just bettering yourself - this is a MUST READ! Thank you for this book!
In all honesty, I’m not a big reader...but I BREEZED through this in one sitting! I couldn’t put it down. Leslie is such an inspiration and really has a way with his words. This book is exactly what I needed to help push me out of my creative rut! I highly recommend it and can already tell I’ll be referencing it and re-reading it often!
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful! Enjoyable! Informative!
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
I loved this book for its openness about the author's openess. It takes a special kind of person to expose his/her vulnerabilities so comfortably. Mr. Odom's introspective drive is to be admired and taken as a guide for achieving success in wherever one sets as their goal. He is a beautiful writer and, as such, made his journey an easy read. I think his book is a guide for young and old and not just for folks in the entertainment field.
5.0 out of 5 starsI absolutely love everything about this book
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I absolutely love everything about this book! I can see myself reading this multiple times and learning something new each time! So eloquently written. An absolute must read!! You are one amazing man Leslie Odom Jr!
This is a great book! Inspirational. I never heard of the author before I purchased. I needed a good motivational book and decided to go with it based on the Amazon reviews. I actually purchased this book in Mar 2018 and after sitting almost two years, decided to bring it along for a plane ride. After four days, I just finished this book. It really spoke to me at this point In my life so I feel I read it at just the right time. Aside from the message, I loved the layout of this book. Very much a page turnover, an read and I felt the length of the book was just right!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Title Is Cliche, But The Lessons Are Not
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
It's a really good book. I'm not just saying that to kiss up to Leslie. I don't know the dude. But I feel familiar to his story. The main theme of the book is VISION. One year, he's watching Rent as an audience member; the next, he's on stage in the performance. That's true vision! It's not a perfect book. Some of Leslie's anecdotes fall flat but there is no perfect writer, speaker, or book. You have to look at the whole project and feel proud of what you've supported.
After seeing a great performance of Leslie Odom in concert, I found my way to this book and it looked very interesting and so I bought a copy. This book turned out to be so captivating that I read it in one sitting, which I normally don't do. If you need a booster shot of inspiration in your life, this book is it! It is full of insightful quotes that might just turn someone's life around. It reads like a breath of fresh air in its purity of self-expression. Thank you Leslie for contributing this fine biography to the world and congrats on your well-deserved success!
I love this book. A very easy read with lots of great advice for anyone that is at a crossroads and needs some motivation. This is one of those books that I could see reading again and again as circumstances change and motivation is needed once again. In a country that values independence; he shows the value and importance of getting a little help/advice from your friends and mentors. I highly recommend the book.
This is a nice book very well written with practical advice in pithy statements integrated with well told life stories (anecdotes). I bought it on the strength of an interview of the author I read. I empathized with his relationship with his parents about his life choices. The big take away for me is to trust my younger daughter will make wise choices and ask if she has questions. Not an easy stance but realistic.
I was extremely curious about what Mr. Odom, Jr. would share with us, his audience. I was delighted by his reflections and his hard fought wisdom. In what I expected to be a myopic story of his celebrity self, I was truly surprised -even from the very first chapter- at being drawn in by his words and learning from his well described experiences. He writes about the experiences in his profession remarkably universally. Even us non-famous people could grab and apply his principles. I am encouraged in my own role as a mentor by his kindness, bravery and honesty. Thank you, Leslie Odom, Jr!