Your audiobook is waiting…

How to Raise Successful People

Simple Lessons for Radical Results
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a super family shares her tried-and-tested methods for raising happy, healthy, successful children using trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness: TRICK. 

Esther Wojcicki - "Woj" to her many friends and admirers - is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They're the result of TRICK, Woj's secret to raising successful people: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical. 

Wojcicki's methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. 

How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.

©2019 Esther Wojcicki (P)2019 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Rushed, no depth, very disappointed

I expected more from this book but basically this feels like a book from a good mother who’s girls had every advantage in the world, though the writer skips that. It feels braggadocio, the writer talks a lot about her accomplishments as a teacher who helps poor kids and created this and that, never saying well my kids are now rich, and famous which helped me created these programs with google, etc. This could have been a good book, but you will not get a real understanding of how her daughters became so successful, only how great mom is. Esther should have taken more time with this book, hired a ghostwriter and really gone deep. Instead, it feels rushed only to make a dime.

44 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Meh

This book could be a margin of its size. Seems very self promoting of the author. I’m sure she did a great job but I got tired hearing how amazing she thinks her self and how it is all thanks to her that her children and countless students have become successful. You can probably get most of her points out of a well written blog.

41 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Look at me

While her children may have turned out to be successful, she brags too much about what a great parent she is while dissing others, even though she says that all parents make the best decision they can and they should be respected. She says to trust yourself and ignore parenting books, but then goes on to tell you what to do and writes a parenting book. I got half way and couldn’t finish it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Self aggrandizing common sense

The author has 3 very successful daughters. You will hear about them over and over. The ‘insight’ offered is almost all common sense. The stories that are supposed to highlight her use of her TRICK methodology are mostly inane. There is some good in this book but it comes with an unpalatable heaping of look at me! I’m an incredible mother and all because of me my children and their grandchildren will all be amazing.

Mrs. Wojcicki certainly has good ideas but really needed an editor. Her example for grit was her eldest daughter buying YouTube instead of continuing development of google video... not exactly relatable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Very poor performance by narrator

The performer need to learn how to pronounce some of the words that she is not familiar with like neutrons so it wouldn’t sound funny and affect the flow of the book. So many unnecessary pauses and wrong pronunciations. The book didn’t give much of an expert opinion. A mismatch with no strong evidence based findings. Quoting other writers doesn’t make one an expert in any field. She is definitely a proud mother and teacher!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

Fantastic, informative, wonderful book I would highly recommend to anyone responsible or in one way or another touches younger generations.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a must read for parents

a must read for parents and teachers alike. It is a great tool to use while trying to raise your kids in today's cultures

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great read.

very helpful. Easy to follow and listen. lots of great tips and trick. loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must for educators... even shop teachers

After Esther Wojcicki spoke at a NJ TECHSPO conference I read her book "How to raise successful people". As a high school shop teacher, I found it reinforced the success I've seen with project-based learning.

She recommends trusting students with projects over asking them to memorize facts and figures on test.

You can't read how to ride a bicycle, is the metaphor I would use to backup this book.

I am not a parent, but as an educator I found this book very valuable.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A little bit on the propaganda side of things...

While I really enjoy her info around TRICK & collaborative parenting, the book has a feeling of bragging about her own kids & connections (past the point of creating relatability or credibility). Additionally, it gets pretty "lefty propagandish" towards the end with the importance of teaching our kids to help solve problems like "global warming", etc. I was looking for a parenting book, not a political one. Gotta hand it to the leftist teachers though- they'll take any chance they can get to further their ideoligy & agenda.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful