Kent Healy

When Chicken Soup for the Soul learned that Kent Healy launched his first business, published five books, started a publishing company and toured the country speaking to teens all before the age of 24, they had the perfect project for him -- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, 978-1-93509-36-8, August 2009, Paperback, $14.95). As co-author with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, Kent compiled an extensive collection of stories from other accomplished young adults throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Kent began studying the science of success when he soon realized more than conventional education was needed to be successful. "I'm simply a student of life," says Kent. "I have an insatiable appetite to learn about human behavior and potential. I enjoy learning how to maximize our efforts, performance and results."

Kent founded his first company, Reactor Board Tech, a manufacturer of skim boards, skateboards and other products, at 15. At 17, he and his brother co-authored their first book, "Cool Stuff" They Should Teach in School, to equip teens with practical life skills for the real world. The book was well-received by media and Kent made more than 100 guest appearances on TV and radio shows nationwide. He went on to found "Cool Stuff" Media, Inc., a publishing company that produces personal success materials for teens.

At age 22, Kent taught a high school class encompassing practical psychology and peak-performance strategies called "The Science of Success." Kent has partnered with other respected leaders in the field psychology and personal transformation including Chicken Soup for the Soul co-founder Jack Canfield. Inspired by Kent's message, Jack invited him to co-author The Success Principles for Teens based on the international bestselling book, The Success Principles. Kent joins Jack once again, with Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.

Kent was one of 10 contestants on "The Messengers," a reality series on The Learning Channel (TLC) where he competed for the title "America's Next Great Inspirational Speaker." In a business honors program, Kent was selected by the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County to receive a monetary scholarship for his entrepreneurial efforts. His dedication to scholarly success also earned him an invitation to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Kent is currently working on more books, creating audio programs and organizing tele-courses. Now 25 years old, he is a columnist for several newspapers and magazines across the country, a personal life coach, an entrepreneur, a popular speaker at high schools and colleges and, in his spare time, works in real estate. His passion is helping others live the life they desire most.

Kent currently resides in San Clemente, CA.

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To schedule an interview with Kent Healy or receive a review copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens, please contact Rusty Shelton at (512) 785-4469 or [email protected].