Be a Work in Progress: And Other Things I'd Like to Tell My Younger Self

Be a Work in Progress: And Other Things I'd Like to Tell My Younger Self


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A beautifully illustrated book of inspiration from the beloved entertainer and #1 New York Times bestselling author John Cena

"Be brave enough to embrace humility. The reward will be confidence."

For years, John Cena has been using his popular Twitter feed to uplift his followers with his unique brand of positivity. Now, he collects his favorite words of wisdom on the benefits of being bold and open-minded, embracing discomfort, and making the most of every opportunity.

Heartfelt and hopeful, Be a Work in Progress is the pick-me-up readers will turn to again and again to reap the benefit of Cena’s values.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593356418
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 32,428
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

John Cena is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, multifaceted entertainer, and dedicated philanthropist. He is a longtime WWE superstar, and his films include Ferdinand; F9, the next installment of the Fast and the Furious series; and The Suicide Squad and its spinoff TV show, Peacemaker. Inspired by Richard Scarry—one of his favorite children's book creators—Cena is the author of the Elbow Grease series of picture books.

Valeria Petrone has illustrated numerous picture books, including Red Truck, Blue Boat, and Yellow Copter (all by Kersten Hamilton) and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin (by Mary Serfozo), and does editorial illustration for several Italian and UK magazines. She lives in Milan, Italy.

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I’m grateful to have a public platform; I consider it a privilege, so a couple of years ago I decided that I would try to use Twitter to connect directly with people. . . . I know that social media is often a difficult, argumentative, and negative place. It’s easy to be critical and pessimistic when there is a low sense of accountability. There’s not much that any of us can do about that. But what I can do is send out good stuff, be honest with everybody, and then follow people who relate to the good stuff. I hope to provoke conversation about important things we might shy away from talking about. That’s who I strive to be as a human: I generate these thoughts from self-reflection and self-exploration. If the experiment fails, so be it. I’m just trying to use my presence to tip the balance toward the positive. We all have a lot on our minds, especially now, given the current state of the world. My hope is that words of encouragement can help us stay motivated and focused on what’s really important: being authentic and open-minded, constantly challenging ourselves to be better, embracing discomfort, making the most of the opportunities we’re presented with, and never, never giving up.

John Cena, January 2021

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