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  • Simple Lessons for Radical Results
  • Written by: Esther Wojcicki
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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How to Raise Successful People

Written by: Esther Wojcicki
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
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Publisher's Summary

The godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a super family shares her tried-and-tested methods for raising happy, healthy, successful children using trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness: TRICK. 

Esther Wojcicki - "Woj" to her many friends and admirers - is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They're the result of TRICK, Woj's secret to raising successful people: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical. 

Wojcicki's methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. 

How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.

©2019 Esther Wojcicki (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Amazing book and teachings!

Parents and teachers should consider picking up this book. The conclusion in this book is life lesson worth practicing and passing onto others.

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Best parenting book out there!

A true joy to read, easy to follow and very memorable. Her foundations that this is based off of is truly what is missing in our younger generations but completely recoverable. Recommended for every parent!

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Incredible book

I loved everything about this book, it really changed the way I think and how I look at problem-solution. I loved the trick methodology and it will change so many things that I do with my kids and how I deal with them and their issues. I will probably repeat the book again just to make sure I got the most out of it. Thank you so much for an amazing book. While listening I was dreaming to meet the writer and have a collaboration with her as I have so many thoughts about changing the educational system or even opening a private school that uses those open minded methodologies, design thinking , etc.

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A must read

This book was so good, a bit long at first but gets better. Learned so much, highly recommend to parents and teachers.

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Inspirational Read for Parents and Anyone Working With Children

This book has so many tidbits and inspirational stories that I can relate to and learn from. It also gives a unique glimpse at education and parenting in Silicon Valley. It is down to earth, entertaining, and has applicable advice that comes from Woj’s years of experience as a teacher and mother. I love her style of writing and story telling!

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great book! love the ideas she explains

really simple and good read/listen for parenting. I hope to implement it within my own life

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

This book is incredible and eye opening. I highly recommend. It is so interesting and helped me reflect on myself as well and learned tools for the future

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Terrible

This is not a book about how to raise successful people. It is an autobiography. Although the author has an impressive resume, it is not at all interesting. Painful 10 hours listening to the author massage her ego.

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Full of themselves

I disliked this book enough that I have decided to stop listening. Funny enough, I agree with most of what is shared but... there are some hypocritical bits that turned me off, and oh by golly this author is the best person to ever roam the earth and that is repeated so often, that I can’t stand listening anymore.

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Nothing extraordinary

The book is more of a biography than tips and tricks. Pretty mediocre Americanized parenting stories. She bashes parenting styles of minorities because they’re not as pushover or neglectful as her own style. Yes, neglectful. She left an 8 year old at a target to teach independance…

As a mom of three myself, majority of the stories she mentions just sound like a regular Tuesday afternoon in the western world and I believe her kids just got lucky they are “successful”. I highly doubt her parenting is to be credited for their success.

Got a judgey vibe from her when it comes to other cultures and it is a huge pet peeve of mine so maybe that swayed me to not enjoy her book much. She mentions a Chinese author who also published a parenting book in a negative light and tried to play victim when the media named her the ‘panda mom’ while the Chinese woman was the ‘tiger mom’. She also blasted a muslim family where the dad wanted the daughter to wear the headscarf. That story could have been left out as it added no value to the book. She goes on to say that people come to America for a better life so they have to adapt etc ignoring the fact that America is supposed to be a free country so if a parent wants their child to practise their religion/culture, she should mind her beeswax unless the parent is harming a child which was not the case in this story. Made me wonder about her motivation for including it in her book.

Overall, I was disappointed because I thought I would learn something from this book but it was a waste of my time and money.

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