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A Random Book About the Power of Anyone

A Random Book About the Power of Anyone

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From the incredibly impressive and inspiring teenager who unified the fundraising efforts of children across the USA, reporting more than $10 million (yes, MILLION) for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina at the age of ten, comes the ultimate, and most unexpected, guide for everyone who dreams of making a difference.

You can be greater than you know how to

Overview

From the incredibly impressive and inspiring teenager who unified the fundraising efforts of children across the USA, reporting more than $10 million (yes, MILLION) for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina at the age of ten, comes the ultimate, and most unexpected, guide for everyone who dreams of making a difference.

You can be greater than you know how to be.

In a world where you are pushed to know more, this book will prove that your greatest asset is often not knowing. In a world where you are told it’s all in the planning, this book will encourage you to keep your cart ahead of your horse and allow your dreams to lead you. In a world where you are told you need to become someone, this book will show you that you already are someone.

The author—the foremost accidental expert on this subject—is Talia Leman. A high school student. Runner in the rain. Science enthusiast. World changer. Random kid.

Writing with infectious enthusiasm, humor, and resoluteness, she shares her secrets to being more than you know how to be, including Don’t Line Up Your Ducks, Sideways Is a Better Way to Go Forward, and Too Many Cooks Is the Right Number. In this unexpectedly poignant, strikingly honest, and informative guide, Talia Leman shows you how to make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them.

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone will move you to rethink and re-imagine what’s possible, one random inspiration, one random idea, one random person at a time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eager to help Hurricane Katrina survivors, Iowa teen Leman harnessed the power of children and turned a Halloween-themed fund-raiser into one of the country’s most successful relief campaigns, netting over million. But she didn’t stop there, as she demonstrates with this autobiography and how-to guide, turning her philanthropic efforts into the worldwide charitable organization RandomKid. Buoyed by her younger brother, Zander—who, unfazed by a developmental disorder, can turn theoretical ideas into funny sound bytes—Leman encourages kids to focus on their own strengths and understand that a project’s success isn’t measured in dollars and cents but in the concrete impact you have on people’s lives. She also debunks the myth that charity must be selfless: “the best charity comes when the person doing it finds their own personal win on some level.” To Leman, “success only happens when you can flip the newspaper headline,” so that “Kids Raise Money for Katrina Survivors” becomes “Katrina Survivors Give Kids a Lesson in Big Business.” Though the language may appeal more to Leman’s peers, the optimistic message is genuine and at age 16, Leman is certainly an important voice of her generation. Agent: Michelle Lemmons Posente, ISB Global. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451664843
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,241,561
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Talia Leman has become a world-renowned fundraiser and is currently spearheading RandomKid’s Big Return, a project launching in St. Louis, Missouri. Through RandomKid, a 501(c)3 organization that she cofounded, she provides the network, resources, and support for kids to undertake life-changing philanthropic activities. She lives in Iowa.

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