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Extraordinary Teens will inspire young adults with its tales of teenagers achieving great success. This book includes personal stories from many well-known young professional athletes, business entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, actors, writers, and filmmakers. Every person shares his or her story along with priceless advice that will show you how you too, can achieve something extraordinary. Each story describes the specific turning points, challenges, and breakthroughs that shaped and motivated these individuals to accomplish incredible things. Learn from these individuals who are walking examples of possibility.

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"Extraordinary Teens" share 5 secrets of success

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kent Healy

As a teen, you may have all the potential in the world, but never putting it to work is like having a million dollars and never investing it. To realize your greatest potential, discover what it is you love to do, then pursue it. Need some inspiration to ignite your passion? Take a look at other teens leading extraordinary lives; like well-known young professional athletes, business entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, actors, writers and filmmakers. Here are five success secrets to help you break out of the ordinary and discover the extraordinary in your life, inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.

1. Believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will? Always be proud of yourself and your work, and surround yourself with people who encourage you. Singer, songwriter Ryan Cabrera says, "I figured, no matter what our course in life will be, we’re still going to face criticism and negativity. So I figured I may as well face it by staying true to what I wanted to do with my life." Many fall into the trap of living up to other’s expectations, and feel discouraged when they can’t meet them. Set your goals and take pride in your accomplishments.

2. Practice, practice, practice. Timmy Reyes, a pro surfer at age 16, says, "So much of success is preparation. It’s what you do before the opportunity for success that matters most." Our habits make or break us, so make practicing a habit. Do you think your favorite musician or athlete was born the best? Nobody is born successful; they only achieve it through hard work. What if an opportunity arises but you aren’t prepared? What if you wait for better skills or the right time, only to realize the moment has passed you by? Either way, you might miss an opportunity. So always be prepared, because every day is game day.

3. Get a mentor. "Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from the mistakes of others," says popular teen author Sean Covey. Teens have more access to information and history than ever before, so put it to good use. Read about some of your favorite historical figures to see how you can emulate them, but also what mistakes you can avoid. Find a mentor who you can talk to, get advice from and learn from. They have years of life experience they can share. Many of the world’s most successful people had help by way of a mentor and most experienced successful people are eager to share their tips.

4. You will fail at least once. Don’t be discouraged when you fail in life. Let your failure be the fuel and motivation that drives you to success. Failure will make you stronger, even though you hate the thought of it. You increase your chances of success every time you try, so take chances. Joel Holland III, one of BusinessWeek’s "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25," says, "I’ve found that regret for not trying is much worse than failure."

5. Try new things. Kari Byron, from the Discovery Channel’s "MythBusters," says, "Knowing that I could fail and still be okay gave me a lot of courage. Soon, I wasn’t afraid to take chances and I knew that there was always something else to try." New experiences broaden your horizons and change your perspective. You’ll never know unless you try, so remember to be open to new experiences. No matter what you do in life, you will have to get along with different types of people, whether it’s in your dorm as a freshman, or at your first job. The more experiences and cultures you are exposed to, the easier it will be for you to relate to others.

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