Dare to Be Kind : How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World
Overview - YouTube sensation and celebrated motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez shows us how we can learn to accept all parts of ourselves and others, and in doing so create a "culture of kindness" and a more compassionate world. Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez always knew she was different, but it wasn't until she was much older that she understood what that meant to others. Read more...
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YouTube sensation and celebrated motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez shows us how we can learn to accept all parts of ourselves and others, and in doing so create a "culture of kindness" and a more compassionate world.
Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez always knew she was different, but it wasn't until she was much older that she understood what that meant to others. At 17 years old, she came across a viral video entitled "World's Ugliest Woman"-only to discover that it featured her. In response, she decided to stand up on behalf of victims everywhere and created one of the web's most popular YouTube channels ever and a TED talk that has drawn tens of millions of viewers.
In this daring, revelatory book, Lizzie reveals the hidden forces that give rise to self-doubt, shame, and cruelty, and empowers us to redirect them to unlock empathy and kindness for ourselves and others. She pulls from examples in her own life-such as battles with anxiety and coping with disappointment-to share uplifting insight on how we can overcome obstacles in our path and move forward with greater positivity and the right mental attitude.
Brilliantly drawing on Lizzie's wisdom and sentiment, Dare to Be Kind
presents the path to acceptance, love, and tolerance, and provides a framework to help us lead confident, resilient lives and, ultimately, forge a radically compassionate world.
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Debut author and motivational speaker Velasquez delivers a heartfelt and powerful treatise about the importance of being kind, gleaned from first-hand experience. The author, who has neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare combination of Marfan syndrome and lipodystrophy that prevents her from gaining weight, was bullied in school and online. One day she found that a picture of her had been made into a cruel meme that identified her as the worlds ugliest woman, accompanied by comments like Why didnt her parents abort her? Not one comment was kind, Velasquez remembers. Velasquezs solution to this kind of harassment is to create a culture of kindness, extended even toward bullies. This might seem inconceivable, she admits, but she believes its the only way to solve the problem of bullying. She also points out that serious challenges can bring personal depth and understanding thats impossible without those lessons. The author doesnt pretend to be a Pollyanna, howeverlike anyone else, she has faced dark times, even becoming for a time addicted to anti-anxiety meds. Velasquez counsels readers to lose the shame over their problemsits a complete waste of time and energyand focus on their own gifts. Readers will be inspired by Velasquezs resilient spirit. Agent: Cassie Hanjian, Waxman Leavell Literary. (June)