Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life's Biggest Challenges

Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life's Biggest Challenges

by Trent Shelton
Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life's Biggest Challenges

Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life's Biggest Challenges

by Trent Shelton


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Navigating life can be tough sometimes, especially as a teen. Bestselling author and former NFL player Trent Shelton has been through some hard times as well, and he shares his own story of finding himself and a better path forward, providing straight-up truths and uplifting advice to help you through the issues you face at school, at home, or within yourself.

Who do you have in your life who’s not afraid to tell you the honest-to-God truth? Who do you have who’s a real source of wisdom when life gets real?

With his trademark combination of raw honesty and practical next steps, motivational speaker Trent Shelton shares the missteps he made growing up and the hard-won lessons he learned in short, easy-to read chapters and thought-provoking questions. Throughout, he provides honest advice to help you find a way through some of the most confusing topics in your own life, including:

  • relationships
  • friendships
  • fear and depression
  • and your past trauma

And while you might not make it out of the storms of life completely unscathed, the wisdom and lessons in this book can help you can make it out stronger, and discover the best you waiting inside.

Straight Up is perfect for:

  • teens and young adults 13 and up
  • anyone looking for inspiration during hard times
  • small group use

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310765608
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 318,777
Product dimensions: 5.65(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver who is now considered one of the most significant speakers of his generation. He reaches over fifty million people weekly through his various social media outlets, and he travels the world speaking to people about how to create lasting change in their lives. Trent and his wife, Maria, live in the Fort Worth, Texas, with their two children, Tristan and Maya.

Table of Contents

I Straight Up about Reality

Lesson 01 Sink or Swim 11

Lesson 02 Grab the Buoy 19

Lesson 03 What If the End Isn't the End? 25

II Straight Up About Past Hurts + Excuses

Lesson 04 Own Your Past (Before It Owns You) 33

Lesson 05 Burn Some Bridges 38

Lesson 06 The Worst Phrase Ever 45

Lesson 07 Comparison Is Death 50

Lesson 08 Straight Talk about Forgiveness 57

Lesson 09 How to Forgive Someone (Even If They Don't Deserve It) 63

Lesson 10 The Twin Assassins of Blame + Complain 69

III Straight Up about You

Lesson 11 Your Integrity is Worth More Than $14.61 77

Lesson 12 Stop Living for the External 82

Lesson 13 You Were Given Worth at Birth 87

Lesson 14 Protect Your Peace 93

Lesson 15 Protect Your Life 100

IV Straight up about Your Environment

Lesson 16 Nutrient-Rich Soil 109

Lesson 17 Every Hero Needs a Guide 115

V Straight up about Friends

Lesson 18 Not Everyone Is Your Friend 123

Lesson 19 Loyalty Is Rare 128

Lesson 20 Your Circle Might Need to Shrink 134

Lesson 21 Friends Tell Each Other the Truth 140

Lesson 22 You Can't Change People 146

VI Straight up about Pain + Suffering

Lesson 23 Your Deepest Pain Can Be Your Best Friend 153

Lesson 24 Dealing with Haters 159

Lesson 25 Perfection Doesn't Exist 166

Lesson 26 How to Keep Going 171

VII Straight up about Relationships

Lesson 27 How to Deal with Heartbreak 179

Lesson 28 Red Flags in Relationships 185

Lesson 29 Straight Talk about Sex 192

VIII Straight up about Hard Work

Lesson 30 It's Not Failing If You're Trying 201

Lesson 31 You Can't Fix Lazy 208

Lesson 32 Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable 213

Lesson 33 Busyness Is Sometimes Laziness 220

Lesson 34 Sweat the Small Stuff 226

IX Straight up about Change

Lesson 35 How to Change (Part 1: Commitment) 233

Lesson 36 How to Change (Part 2: Discipline) 240

Lesson 37 How to Change (Part 3: Consistency) 245

Lesson 38 How to Change (Part 4: Faith) 251

Lesson 39 How to Change (Part 5: Heart) 257

X Straight up about Fear

Lesson 40 Face the Dog 265

Lesson 41 Failure isn't Fatal 270

Lesson 42 How to Hack Fear 276

XI Straight up about Your Heart

Lesson 43 You Are Purpose 285

Lesson 44 You Are Purpose FOR a Purpose 291

Lesson 45 You Are Unique in Your Purpose 296

Lesson 46 Money Won't Fill You 304

Lesson 47 Pleasure Isn't Happiness 310

Lesson 48 That Blue Check Won't Fill You 315

XII Straight up about Making an Impact

Lesson 49 Build Your Legacy 323

Lesson 50 Write a Brand-New Story 329

Lesson 51 Don't Make the Sequel Suck 335

Lesson 52 Two Words You Hate (but Really Need) 340

Notes 347

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