on January 20, 2017
This motivational book, written by a former teacher of mine, Ryan Keliher, contains the following quotation near the start of the book, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist, that is all.” (Oscar Wilde). After reading the book for the first time, I reread it again and this quote really stuck out to me as it sums up the entire book. The Superstar Curriculum is a book that is intended to inspire students to not only excel in their studies, but life in general. Whether it is from making a fantastic first impression, implying the importance of having a top-notch work ethic, or stepping outside of that cozy comfort zone, this book will get a student’s mind turning to find ways to make them successful and become superstars in everything they do.

The Superstar Curriculum is designed to apply to all students as there is bound to be a chapter that relates to their life or learning. The book is divided into four sections and inside these sections, there are many chapters: #1. Form your foundation for success, #2. Work your way to results you want, #3. Optimize your opportunities, and #4. Become the leader of your life. In every chapter, we see an ongoing theme of how to become a superstar. However, within these themes, there are minor themes that build a superstar mindset. Some of these minor themes are setting goals, perception, volunteering, and believing in yourself.

In this extraordinary book, I found it interesting how Keliher mentioned that there is a time and place for everything, and skipping a class is alright, but it takes a mature student to know the time and place to do it. The connection that this creates with a reader is very cool as it makes us students know that he understands our busy lives, but he also suggests ways to overcome the reason for skipping classes.
Knowing the author personally, I found it evident that his humble, down to earth, outgoing and humorous personality came through in the voice of his writing which made that much more attracting. While reading the book, I pictured Keliher standing in front of the class, teaching one his classes.

Reflecting on the two classes that I had with this amazing teacher, I remember him preaching some of the ideas presented in this book. Another thing that I thought Keliher did well in this book, was using a diverse example “vocabulary” that ranged from school, to art, to boxing. It made the book apply to students of all kinds and like mentioned before made a connection with everyone.

Overall, I feel that this book would be a fantastic addition to the grade 10 CEO course curriculum at our high school or any high school in general because it can change the way a student looks at their courses. I know that if I had been in Grade 10 and read this inspiring book, I would be a completely different student because I would have been aware of the bad habits that I was developing. I would recommend this book to any student and in the future hope to see more inspirational books released by this amazing author.

PS: One may believe that this review is bias because of our personal connection, however, it is far from bias because if I had not known him, these ideas would still be relevant to me and would inspire me to push myself that extra bit so I can be a superstar rather than a star.

on January 12, 2017
Definitely a must read for teenagers. However, having achieved the age of 60 and witnessed much change in my life; I believe that this is a wonderful read for any age. The book speaks to how school, careers and interests may change. That is life and in this book, Ryan provides the fundamentals, the ingredients, and the guide to be successful at each turn. Well done and smart!
 
on January 8, 2017
This book is a must for any teenager. Filled with amazing practical advice and written in a way that will captivate younger readers with that short teenage attention span. I bought a copy for each of my teenage kids, and they loved it! I even got a lot out of it, and enjoyed the many relevant anecdotes. Highly recommended!!
 
on January 14, 2017
This book provides the advice and knowledge we all wish we’d known as teenagers…and presents it in a non-preachy, non-parental way. It is easily accessible and thought-provoking while appealing to the aspirations of young – and old!
Joanne MacNevin it it was amazing
There are so many positive aspects to this book. I initially read this book because it looked like something I would like to read with some of my students. The book takes students through the different habits, attitudes, and qualities that will help them be successful in life – not only in their careers, but in their personal lives as well. Each section is broken down into easy-to-read segments. This means that it is easy to read. It also means that readers get time between each new section to stop, think, and reflect on the ideas they’ve read. At the end of each section, there are reflection questions that help with directed reflection, and that give readers an opportunity to think about how what they’ve read either applies, or can be applied, to their own lives.

I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting to read, and though it is written for students, I also found it useful and inspiring. It is a book I would recommend to anyone. 🙂

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