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You Deserve the Truth

Change the Stories That Shaped Your World and Build a World-Changing Life
Narrated by: Erica Williams Simon
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
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From a young Snapchat executive, TV host, and social critic comes an eye-opening guide for a unique generation of dreamers and doers who have been paralyzed by the pressures of life - to pause, press the reset button, and use the power of story to build a radical new life...and a new world.

Millennials have been studied, characterized, and market-tested to death, but despite it all, one reality is clear: Many people in their 20s and 30s feel frustrated and overwhelmed, leading lives and existing in a world that has been shaped by everyone and everything but themselves. From social media to music to politics, the stories they have believed and the rules they have followed have left them unfulfilled, constantly seeking a better life but not ever fully finding it. 

Media maker and social critic Erica Williams Simon recognized that this was a recipe for disaster. At 27, she decided to walk away from her career as a rising political star to find her own truth and a truth that would help others break free and build a life worth living. On her journey, she discovered that the true culprit of our discontent is often hidden in plain sight - we just need to know where to look. She decided to get “story smart” and write down the ideas that have the power to change how a generation thinks, works, loves, and lives. 

Tear Down the Walls is the result of Erica’s evolution - a culturally relevant masterclass in how to evaluate and challenge the narratives that today’s young people have absorbed about their identities, purpose, and potential. Each chapter includes real-world lessons based on a nearly 10-year-long career as a media maven, a yearlong “hero’s journey” of self-discovery, and the inspirational stories of some of Erica's successful and influential peers. 

Part memoir, part self-help, and all honesty, this is an essential guide offering both practical advice and reflecting the current cultural, demographical, and economic realities of Gen Y, providing a blueprint for anyone seeking a new way: and showing how to live it to its fullest.

©2019 Erica Williams Simon (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Loved this book

I recently discovered Erica’s podcast and knew that I had to get the book. It was so honest, vulnerable and teaching. I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to see what she does next.

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Motivation for millennials

This is probably one of the best books I’ve read/listened to this year. I got the audio and a physical copy of the book. You deserve the truth was right on time for me. After quitting my job to go back to the profession I loved I was feeling unsure of my progress. This helpful and uplifting self help book came right on time. I think if you’re in a season of self discovery this is the book for you. An excellent gift for anyone who’s graduating. The journey you’re on is your own and this book is a timely reminder of that.

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Brilliant and bold

A life changing guide to really honor ourselves and the way we lead our stories alongside the world. It is soulful and practical. It has moved me in a deep way.