How much do I want to read more? 6/10
Unusual style and story from this boy with behavioral issues whose teacher turned to be his mentor to perform on theatre.
It looks like a nice little biography. Inspirational.
Prologue - TAKE ME TO THE WORLD
I knew from past experience that there would be things I’d have to leave behind. Some things don’t travel well from one time in your life to the next.
The old stuff will only weigh you down.
As a kid with some behavioral issues, my story would’ve unfolded in a drastically different way without people who cared.
He began, “Les, of course you can quit. That’s fine. And we can talk about what you might do next and how to go about it. I can support you in that. But I’d love to see you try before you quit.”
Stu went on, “What did you do for yourself today? Did you call anyone? In what ways did you take charge of your creative life today? Did you send an e-mail to someone who might be working on something you care about? Did you read anything? Did you write anything? Did you take a class? Did you practice? What step forward did you take for yourself today in the absence of the ringing phone?”
When you take steps to better yourself it is never in vain.
CHAPTER 1 - THE MENTOR
[quote, LANGSTON HUGHES]
When a man starts out to build a world, he starts first with himself.
[quote, STEVEN SPIELBERG]
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.
How do you figure out what it is that you’re really meant to do in this life? How do you find your point of entry? How do you begin?
Most of us have no idea at the start what we’re meant to do or even what we’re capable of. Some of us don’t find our thing so much as it finds us. And sometimes it’s only because of some special person who introduces us to possibilities we might never have imagined for ourselves.
Every kid needs an outlet, a world in which they can discover and see themselves at their best.
You can do a lot on your own. But no one can do it all alone.
Who is your Frances Turner?
Even if you aren’t exactly where you’d like to be, I’m willing to bet you have a host of people to thank for the best parts of your journey so far. There’s a mentor, there’s a teacher, there’s a friend who believed in you. Let’s make your rise to the top the way you say thank you to the person who helped you see your own magnificent potential.
We owe it to our mentors and we owe it to ourselves.
CHAPTER 2 - THE BIG BREAK
[quote, ANNA DEAVERE SMITH]
Be more than ready.… Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.