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Random House presents the audiobook edition of How to Raise Successful People written by Esther Wojcicki, read by Andrea Gallo.

Being a parent is complicated - but the trick to succeed is simpler than you think.

There are no Nobel Prizes for parenting or education, but if there were, Esther Wojcicki would be the bookies’ favourite. Known as the Godmother of Silicon Valley - or simply Woj - Esther’s three daughters have all gone on to huge success in their professional fields and, more importantly, their personal lives. What’s her secret?

As we face an epidemic of parental and childhood anxiety, Woj has the advice every parent wants to hear: climb out of that helicopter and relax.

Her tried and tested 'trick' system will help you:

  • Let your child discover their own passions
  • Move on from past parenting mistakes
  • Build rock-solid foundations for a lifelong relationship
  • Be brave enough to give your child freedom 
  • Work with your children, not against them
  • Set healthy relationships with technology 

Your children are the future. If you change your parenting, you can change the world.

©2019 Esther Wojcicki (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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If this book was consumable, would be a soda.

A lot of superficial waffle. Although I usually respect wisdom that comes with experience and age, I felt the author praised her "method" and tried hard to sell herself so was left disappointed at the end to have learned absolutely nothing new in terms of handling parenting and making good long term choices in modern day living.
One thing to take away: place yourself strategically nicely and the chances for success rise. The only skill this author has is an extraordinary ability to network well and therefore open gates. Hat off to that! Maybe she can waffle about that in her next book?

I found the content very little to do with anyone who is not a Silicone Valley resident, or who practices different parenting approaches such as attachment, intuitive etc.. For the rest of us, the wisdom to take away is unusually average and far from interesting or relevant to the title.

The skills for successful children aren't listed in these pages so start save your pennies for a home in california.

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Loses focus at times, self-aggrandising at worst.

There's a lot of good content here and great principles for raising and teaching kids, but so much time and space is wasted self-aggrandising and name-checking. It detracts from the point of the book, which is a major problem due to the paucity of examples to reinforce the techniques in places. Some techniques are well backed in research whilst others are purely anecdotal. You may grow to be sick of her constantly puffing up her children - at times it comes across as an advert for whichever company they are part of, rather than helpful information. The less said about her soapbox moments on divorce and politics the better (and this is coming from a lefty).

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Amazing book

This is one of best books I’ve listened to in recent times. This lady is unreal and her advice is soooo simple and easy to implement. A fantastic listen, you won’t be disappointed

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Woj is a genius

as an expectant parent and trainee teacher I am trying to learn as much as possible about how to support and inspire children to be their best selves. The ideas in this book (the TRICK model: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration and Kindness) not only resonate with a desire to raise empowered, compassionate children, they also collaborate what a lot of research shows is most effective in education. Project based learning which requires students to use a range of skills across multiple domains rather than rote memorisation or teaching to the test. Giving childen responsibility and independance, and encouraging them to reflect on their successes, failures and impact on others promotes good metacognition (thinking about thinking) and encourages them to better manage their own learning and develop problem solving and resilience.

And everything always comes back to kindness, and teaching children to always think about how what they do impacts others, and how they can help others, can only be a positive in a society that often pushes a sense of individualism on children, often to the detriment of our mental health in the long term.

every parent or teacher should read this

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Anecdotal

I share the view on grit but that's what it is, a view. I also believe in TRICK but was hoping for research based facts. Gold star on getting the book written

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A must read for anyone trying to live in this world

This is not just a book for parents or teachers. This is a book that applies to everyone who has anything to do with any other people. Thank you.

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a must read.

great advise, good narration. ill be using TRICK at home and at work. great for parents, business owners and teachers

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Brilliant sensible advice

take the TRICK method and we can start a parenting and education revolution! Read this book and pass it on!!

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Worth a read

I was glad I persevered with this, it could have benefitted from less anecdotes about her children and more concentrated sentences.
But if you can ignore what sometimes feels like gloating over how ‘successful’ her children have been in their careers (although sometimes I thought it was a bit down to who they knew), then there is a lot of great advice.
The advice covers a very broad area of parenting. But overall I have come away with the message I think the author works hard to give, and I will be looking for ways to let my children be more independant, and encourage them to help others.
I felt ‘T.R.I.C.K’ was over used as an abbreviation as I often couldn’t remember what it stands for so I will put it here: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, Kindness’.
This is the core values for ‘raising successful people’.
The author is very impressive and it is half autobiographical and half ‘how to’, which was fine by me. She has written a book her way, like she has lived her life her way, and I admire her guts and refusal to conform for the sake of conforming. I appreciate all she has done and for spreading her message. A lot of things happen because that is the way they have always been done. Here is a person who evaluates; is this how we should still be doing it? And then does something about it :-)
Useful for teachers and home educators as well as parents of all ages of children.

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Simple lessons but powerfully put together

This is a relatively simple premise - give your children responsibility and trust rather than over proactive parenting. The reason it is powerful is that is has vivid characters all the way through the book who Ester inspired along the way and admits fallibly too. Good read for anyone involved in raising children.

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80% bragging (including countless name-dropping)
+10% lecturing (from sleep training to marriage)
+5% advertising for her daughter’s company
+5% useful contents. The entire book should be trimmed down to maximum 5pages.