Girls' Book of Success
The moment when
first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful .
. . . absolutely anything can happen, said writer
and nun Monica Baldwin. The possibility is always
What magical things could you do with your morning,
your day, your week, your school year, your life?
There are so many possibilities. You may decide you want
to join a team or ace a class, run a large company or start
a small enterprise, become a rocket scientist or a rock
star, senator or saxophone player, mayor or mom, firefighter
or foreign correspondent . . . or all of the above, and
then some. This is the twenty-first centurythere have
never been so many arenas in which girls can achieve. And,
by the way, these arenas are not just what seem obvious:
the first-place ribbon at the state fair, being student
body president, getting an A on a math test. Success is
living a full and rewarding life and accomplishing whats
most important to you, so that when youre older
and looking back on your life, youre satisfied and
This book is about your dreams, but more than that, its
about how youre going to achieve them.
Have you noticed that your dreams fill you with a kind of
emotional spark? They make you feel revved up and alive.
That, in and of itself, is reason to smile when you wake
up in the morning, but having the chance to transform a
dream into a real experience is even better. It gives you
a focus and a world to explore. The next thing you know
youre there, pinching yourself in proud amazement.
Or maybe you were diverted along the way and ended up in
a totally different yet equally fabulous place.
The Girls Book of Success will load up your
mind with wise thoughts from women and girls whove
reached goals that even they might never have thought possible.
If you dont have clear goals, it will help you explore.
If you do have goals, it will inspire you to get moving,
push ahead, and think even bigger. It will be a friendly
mentor and handy reference on each of your many journeys
How do I know it will do this? Because this is what it did
to me while I was compiling it. This collection of wisdom
is not your everyday textbookits a treasure
for your mind. All grouped together, these inspirational
tidbits practically generate electricity.
See for yourself! Read one or two pages and wake up your
motivation. Read the whole book and buzz with anticipation
about what you want to do and how youre going to do
it. Once youre rolling, go back and read a few quotes
to keep on track.
Heres whats in the chapters coming up:
Winning Wisdom. This is where youll
find insight and advice from successful women: business
executives, athletes, entertainers, government leaders,
and activists, to name just a few. Their juicy morsels of
achievement advice are just waiting for you to put them
Success Stories. This section brings you lengthier
looks at success in the real world: the nitty-gritty on
how girls and women set their sights and claimed their successes.
Read these accounts of adventures ranging from trying out
for a school performance to breaking a national sports record;
from attempting to get a job to becoming a famous CEO.
Poems. Sometimes a poem is what best expresses the
emotions of success. This section looks at the nature of
success, confidence, and failure.
Feats. Check out these quick bios of modern-day
movers and shakers. These stellar women have rewritten history,
shattered records, averted wars, broken barriers, transformed
the business world, and influenced millions with their ideas,
spirit, and drive.
Facts. What personality traits are associated with
success? Who are girls favorite role models. . . and
who do these revered women themselves admire? This section
reveals the fascinating answers to these and many other
So now you know whats in the pages ahead: a ton of
info to help you become a fabulous success. I think of The
Girls Book of Success as a toolbox
you can carry around with you, pulling out items as you
If you find even one piece of advice in here that lifts
your spirits or makes you ponder, I will be thrilled. If
it helps you succeed, I will have succeeded. Why? Because
creating this book has been one of my dreams-come-true.
When I was a teen, I imagined what fun it would be to write
helpful books for girls. So I couldnt be more excited
that youre holding this book in your hands right now.
Now its your turn. How are you going to follow
your heart, make your mark, and use your highest potential
to live a wonderful life and perhaps even improve the world
as we know it? Whatever it is, if you make it your intention,
you can probably do it, or something equally (or more) spectacular.
As they say, shoot for the moon and youll end
up in the stars.
Prepare for blastoff!
away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I
may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.Louisa
May Alcott, writer, 18321888