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Every boy, in growing up, needs to hear words of encouragement as well as love from caring people in his life. I know this well because I lost my own father when I was still a boy, and I missed hearing from him the words of guidance and love that would have made my own journey into manhood easier. That is why I wrote the book, 100 Things Guys Need to Know, which is published by Free Spirit Publishing. A book of encouraging words to help boys as they make their way through life, $13.95

Below are a few excerpts from the book which you can learn more about at www.freespirit.com.

 

For more words of encouragement, see Lunch Box Letters: Writing Notes of Love and Encouragement to Your Children and Laptop Letters: Sending Wise & Loving Messages to Young People in Your Life.

 

This book can also be ordered directly from the publisher, Free Spirit Publishing, at www.freespirit.com, or by calling Free Spirit's toll-free number: 1-800-735-7323; also available at www.barnesandnoble.com

$13.95

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There'll Be Some Ups and Downs

When I was young, I had a lot of the same worries that guys like you do. Sometimes it even felt like I didn't have any say in what was important to me. Instead, it seemed that adults made all the decisions and set too many rules about what I could or couldn't do. My dream was to someday work in an office on the top floor of a skyscraper and be in charge of something. I imagined I'd be a big success and make important decisions - all of them right - and that would make me powerful.

I later realized that power isn't about having a big office. It's really about the actions, even small ones, that each of us can take to make a positive difference in our lives and in those of others. What's one thing you can do today to make yourself feel good? Maybe it's hanging out with a buddy or talking something through with your dad.

Now think of something you can do to help someone else. This can be as simple as making dinner for your mom after she's had a long day. Or comforting a friend who is dealing with a big problem. Helping others out, showing that you care for them, will make you feel good, too. The point is that you actually have a lot of control over what happens around you. Your power is in what you do - for others and for yourself.
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Believe In Yourself

Even the strongest, most confident guys have these days. You wake up in the morning and remember all the things that haven't been going right. Maybe you're having trouble with math. And your best friend's mad at you. And you have a huge project to finish before school break. It's not a good day and you're not feeling on top of your game. Time to pull the covers up and go back to bed right? WRONG! The best way to get your confidence back is to stay in the game. Try remembering the good things about your life. Not everything is going to pieces. And things you're upset about are almost never as bad as they seem. You're smart enough to take on any problem and strong enough to bounce back from any setback. Having a positive attitude is the first step for taking on tough days.

TAKE ACTION: Keep a list of the good things about your life and your accomplishments in your wallet that you can refer to when things don't look bright. They'll help you overcome the darkness you feel.
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You're One-of-a-Kind

Just think for a moment about this. There's never has been - and never will be - anyone on earth exactly like you. Just as nobody else has your thumbprint, no one on the planet has your one-of-a-kind mind, personality, or imagination. You bring something to the world that nobody else can. Remembering this will help when the confusing parts of life sneak up on you, or when you feel pressure to be something you're not.

TAKE ACTION: Make a list of all the things that make you you. Are you kind? A good drummer? A cartoonist? Smart, friendly, confident? An athlete? A good friend? Someone who knows how to tell a story or joke that makes everyone crack up? Are you passionate about the things you believe in? Try to come up with at least 10 things that help define who you are. Doing so is a way of taking stock of your strengths.
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