DJ Chung gives you his mother's stories and lessons that helped him become valedictorian of a large, competitive public high school and gain entry into Duke University. These lessons will provide you with a roadmap on how to gain the essential skills necessary to realize the ultimate goal of becoming valedictorian. Build Like an Ant will show you how a devoted mother's wisdom can help you reach high goals during the ever increasingly competitive, stressful and pressure-filled time called, high school.
To Anyone With A Dream,
Becoming valedictorian was about more than just being the head of my class. It was about setting a huge goal for myself and committing to achieving it. Without my mother, I don't know that I would have had the ambition to dream so big or the confidence to go for it. Thanks to Mama Chung, I have learned that any goal is achievable as long as you know how to approach it and have the right attitude.
I've realized how lucky I am to have a mother who supports and encourages me. I've realized too that her stories are relevant to many people and the lessons can be applied to any goal. That's why I wrote this book.
Mama Chung's sayings are just too good to go unrecorded! From "build like an ant" to "keep adding tools to your toolbox" to "don't just stand in the kitchen," my mother always knows the right thing to say to get me thinking and to get me moving.
I hope that reading my book inspires you to achieve your goals and gives you the tools you need to succeed.
Best of luck to you ... and don't forget to tell your mom "thanks!"
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Have you seen those geese fly? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want. – Mama Chung
There's that saying, “you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.”
While you are your own person, it’s undeniable that other people influence you. So surround yourself with friends that encourage, motivate and support you. If there's only one thing you take away from this book, I hope it is that you realize you can't become valedictorian on your own.
My best teachers were my friends. We were going through the same difficult classes together, after all. When I didn't know something, one of my friends usually did, and when one of my friends didn't know something, I did. You quickly realize how little you know, and once you learn the power of collaboration, you know you can only go so far by yourself.
My mom always stressed the importance of positive and encouraging friends. She relayed this piece of advice to me that stuck:
"Have you seen those geese fly in packs? Do you know how far they fly? Hundreds of miles. And they’re always making those noises at each other; they’re encouraging each other if they get weary. Those are the types of friends you want."
In high school, any time I would ask to go to a movie, party or friend’s house, she would ask who was going to be there. I always thought this was an annoying question, but I get it now. It wasn’t about where I was—it was about whom I was with. The question was really my mom making sure that I was spending time with the people who were going to support me, and act as positive influences on my life. And so should you: surround yourself with people that build you up.
To find the friends that will get you through, you first need to be that friend to others. I’ve found that the most supportive friends in my life have these three characteristics: they’re the first to offer help, they’re willing to listen, and they celebrate the successes of others...