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 (494 ratings)

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good concept - bad presentation

I like the idea behind TRIK. They’re not new in the way all people should be treated. And I like that Waj treats kids more like adults. However, she is way too high on herself and her kids, which was a distraction. The reader didn’t help with that. The tone of the reader’s voice was very “uppity” and distracting.

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Full of good practical and easy to handle advice for parents

Although I don’t think this was meant as a parenting book, it really is full of great practical advice on how to support our children to grow up as independent, motivated self thinkers. It’s a book that helps “teach” your kids how to have common sense. Remind us that kindness is a strong foundation for everything. I highly recommend this book and will probably skim through it again in the future to write down my favorite parts.

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A reminder of how we should be guiding our kids

I enjoyed this book. Yes she is a bit bragadocious and it’s obvious her kids had privilege. But she came from poverty so there’s clearly a success to learn there - I do think she missed that path’s explanation in this book though.
I don’t know how else you expect her to tell the story of raising successful kids without explaining HOW she did it and WHO her kids are? I can’t get on board with the low and judgmental reviews.
I enjoyed the reminder of how we should be the best to our kids and the independence they need. How she approached situations with her classroom and kids is how I want to approach raising mine. I appreciate the good stories of how some successful people in our society were brought up.

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A diary of personnal praise

Tons of self-praise only interrupted by spread out name dropping. I couldn't take it anymore and am thus returning it.

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Unrealistic

I get it: proud momma. Not sure we need quite as much bragging about your kids. Palo Alto doesn't represent most of our schools or communities. The amount of funding is likely huge, and the name-dropping of local tech celebrities is off-putting.