The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager
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Calling all teenagersquit the moaning and start loving life!

Don't be a cliché. Don't stay in your bedroom grunting and grumbling. How about getting motivated, energized and start making a difference?! The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager teaches you how to become your very best self—and how to figure out who that is, exactly. The bestselling authors of The Art of Being Brilliant and Be Brilliant Everyday are experts in the art of happiness and positive psychology and, with this new book, you'll find your way to becoming brilliant at school, work, and life in general. Stay cool under all the pressures you're facing, and plot a map for the future that takes you wherever it is you want to go. Become proactive, determined, successful and most importantly: happy!

Fact: your life span is about four thousand weeks. It seems like a lot, but it's not. Complaining about life, homework, parents, and relationships may be normal now, but don't let it become your defining trait. When you're forty years old and still moaning, a big chunk of your four thousand weeks have slipped by, and you're no closer to happiness than you were as a teen. This book is a guide to starting the journey to your ideal life now, instead of wasting time being a drip.

  • Discover the real you, and what you want out of life
  • Stop moaning and get moving now, while there's plenty of time
  • Lose your bad habits before they become your personality
  • Figure out how you want to contribute, and find a way to do it

The bottom line is this: it's easy to be the average version of yourself, but is that really all you want? Don't you want to achieve something? Get started now. The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager helps you figure out where you want to go, and how to get there. So, whether you're an ambitious teenager, a parent or teacher desperate to turn a down-beat teenager into a ray of positivity and delight, How to Be a Brilliant Teenager is here to help.


Andy Cope is a teacher, trainer, speaker and author. He is currently studying happiness, flourishing and positivity as part of a Loughborough University PhD thesis. Andy is a prolific and sought after speaker with an international audience, who speaks at business conferences as well as at over 300 schools in the last 2 years. He has written self-help books for adults and teenagers as well as penning Puffin's best-selling Spy Dog series. He has done numerous radio and TV appearances and runs a hugely successful '2%ers club', Britain's first and biggest association of happy people.

Andy Whittaker is a trainer, best-selling author, frustrated comic, NLP trainer, and master of time line therapy. He co-wrote the best-selling book The Art of Being Brilliant with Andy Cope. He has delivered to companies as diverse as DHL, University of Nottingham, Smith & Nephew, Ginsters, IKEA, Pirelli and The National Trust.

Darrell Woodman has a background in local radio. More recently, Darrell has immersed himself in the 'brilliant' philosophy and is currently studying for an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. He delivers keynotes and one day workshops, as well as spearheading the 'Art of Brilliance' school offering. Darrell has co-authored The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager and is currently working on Volume 2.

Amy Bradley works from a quirky 3rd floor studio in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, where every one of her illustrations is hand drawn, making use of digital techniques to create colourful illustrations that offer a refreshing, fun and energetic approach.


Foreword ix

Getting Warmed Up 1

Soap on a Rope 6

Houston, We Have a Problem 10

Chemicals 15

Being Real 22

You Are You 35

Habits 42

Chasing Rainbows 46

Monkey Magic 56

Passion 61

Lush 74

X-Factor 80

Lift-Off 90

Comfort 95

Paradox 106

People 111

Impact 116

Thinking 118

Phone a Friend 126

Bouncebackability 130

Future 132

Stupidity 134

Heroes 142