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Uncommonsense is not found in common places, hence the creation of this online bazaar. Every resource here provides unconventional insights for an exceptional life outside the confines of the status quo. If you're seeking more from life, look no further. Here's to an uncommon life – a life on your terms.

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Kim Chandler McDonald

"In my position as founder and editor of the Innovation Interview series, I have had the good fortune to interview many interesting Innovators - all leaders in the fields - from around the world. Kent stands out as extremely inspiring, gracious and with a great generosity of spirit."

- Kim Chandler McDonald, Executive Vice President, Flat World Navigator

Rebecca Zorowit

"I cannot even tell you how impressive your writing is, in addition to, your drive, dedication, determination and most significantly, productivity... It's truly astonishing!!!"

- Rebecca Zorowitz, Vice President of Ooh La La Candy

Bryan Hwang

"Kent has provided me through his work the tools to develop my entrepreneurial skills. I highly recommend Kent's work for any striving entrepreneur looking to grow professionally and personally. Not only is Kent a great asset to a business, but to society as well."

- Bryan Hwang, Consultant,

Paula Woodley

"Kent is exceptionally bright, an incredible writer and is driven more than anyone else I have ever known. He has depth and maturity far beyond his years -- but what is most impressive to me is his understanding of people, his grasp business principles, and his genuine kindness to others."

- Paula Woodley, Lecturer, University of Southern California

Wendy Harrington

Dynamic and determined, Kent certainly walks his talk. His rounded approach to life is refreshing, encompassing both our inner and outer worlds. He has helped and continues to help many people achieve the success and peace they are searching for, through speaking, coaching, his books and events.

- Wendy Harrington, Author, Owner, & Therapist at Wendy Harrington

Susan Taylor Suchy

A great role model and mentor to everyone, young and old. He inspires me constantly!

- Susan Taylor Suchy, Instructor of Sciptwriting, Creative Writing at Saddleback College

Tyler C. Stevens

"Kent is an inspiration to work with. He is wise beyond his years and brings that wisdom to everything he does. A creative, talented and insightful writer and speaker, Kent is an irreplaceable asset."

- Tyler C. Stevens, Student

Shane Underwood

"Dude, your book changed my life!!!"

- Shane Underwood, Student

Jack Canfield

"I've read a lot of books for young people, but this is the best one yet! I wish I had "Cool Stuff" when I was younger. It's a guaranteed blueprint for building a lifetime of fulfilling relationships, happiness, and financial success starting now!"

- Jack Canfield, Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series

Richard Carlson

"This book is a real gem. In my opinion, it's a must read for all teens and anyone who cares about teens-parents, friends, grandparents, etc. It's a mentor in a book. I would have benefited greatly by reading this book as a teen."

- Richard Carlson, Ph.D Author of the "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" series

Mark Victor Hansen

"Kent expresses his message with enthusiasm, love, light, energy, and insight. Travel as far as you need to hear his lasting brilliance. I love him and all the good he is doing."

– Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series

Allie Dilbeck

"You really put a spin on my world today by inspiring me to actually try and achieve my dreams... and not only trying but actually believing I can try!"

- Allie Dilbeck, Student

Evan Stewart

"Coming out of High School into the real world was a hard step for me. Your book taught me a lot even though I have been living on my own for a while. I feel like I have the confidence to start the online business I always wanted. Thanks again."

- Evan Stewart, Budding entrepreneur

Kelsey S

"This book isn't like other kinds of books. It is way cooler and tells you information that is actually USEFUL!"

- Kelsey S, Student

Valeria Galian

"Thank you for writing your book ... Oh my gosh ... It's the best I have ever read. I just can't put it down!!! It's the most popular book here at school. When you release a new book, trust me, I'll be looking for it."

- Valeria Galian, Student


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens

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This book inspires teens with stories from the young people they admire. These extraordinary teens, mostly celebrities, share their troubles and triumphs, as well as what they do to continue to achieve. More than fifty celebrity contributors, including a special story from Sean Covey, author of Seven Habits for Highly Effective Teens.


About the book

Jack Canfield wanted to write this book for years, but he never encountered the right co-author to make it happen... After writing The Success Principles for Teens and seeing the excellent feedback the book recieved, he graciously asked me if I would take on the task of fiinding and interviewing many of the world's most impressive young people.  Without missing a beat, I accepted the challenge and now Chicken Soup for Soul: Extraordiary Teens has inspired thousands of readers.

These extraordinary teens, including some celebrities, share their troubles and triumphs, as well as what they do to continue to achieve amazing thinngs.  In essence, this book is a collection of brief, but powerful, biographies of people who have endeavored to do incredible things and now they are sharing their inside stories and secrets about how to do the same. It's a fun and memorable way to learn about success and most importantly, feel inspired enough to get up and take action on the things that matter most to you.


People in this book

Here is a list of some of the people included in this book:

  • Desiree Amadeo, environmental activist and MIT engineering student
  • Eric Babbitt, two-time cancer survivor and athlete
  • Chris Barrett, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and author
  • Olivia Bennett, artist
  • David D. Burstein, filmmaker and activist
  • Kari Byron, Artist, thrill-seeker, and pro MythBuster
  • Ryan Cabrera, singer, songwriter, and artist
  • Julie Marie Carrier, Miss Virginia USA, speaker, and author
  • Jon Chu, film director
  • Kendall Ciesemier, philanthropist
  • Cameron Clapp, triple amputee, famous athlete
  • Shivani Dixit, humanitarian
  • Jason Ryan Dorsey, author, speaker, and mentor
  • Amanda Dunbar, world-class artist
  • Chelsea Eubank, entrepreneur and clothing designer
  • Timothy Ferriss, world record holder, kickboxing champion, and #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Dustin Godnick, entrepreneur, author, and speaker
  • Dr. Farrah Gray, entrepreneur, author, and speaker
  • Kent Healy, author, entrepreneur, and speaker
  • Joshua Heinzl, entrepreneur, toy store owner, philanthropist, and motivational speaker
  • Andrew Hewitt, author, speaker, visionary for education reform
  • Tyler Hinman, crossword puzzle champion and puzzlemaker
  • Joel Kent Holland, III, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur
  • Chauncey Cymoné Holloman, entrepreneur, designer, speaker
  • Cameron Johnson, author, speaker, and entrepreneur
  • Roy Juarez, Jr., speaker, entrepreneur, and humanitarian
  • Anna Kournikova, international tennis pro and model
  • Jasmine Lawrence, entrepreneur
  • Margaret Lewis, humanitarian and aspiring documentary photographer
  • Grant Lin, national scholar and student leader
  • Gabrielle Linnell, freelance writer
  • Kyle Maynard, author, speaker, and champion wrestler
  • Danica McKellar, actress, author, and math-whiz
  • Lin Miao, Internet entrepreneur
  • Nathan Nguyen, entrepreneur
  • Jason O’Neill, entrepreneur
  • William Oliver, author, trainer, and entrepreneur


Forward by Jack Canfield


Before Chicken Soup for the Soul® was even a concept, I was working with teens as a high school teacher because I enjoyed helping young people discover their potential and do something exceptional with their lives. Today, I’m a little (okay, a lot) older than the average high school student, but my passion to help teens succeed is still very much alive. As a result of meeting so many incredible young people in my travels as a speaker and an author, creating this book has been an important goal of mine for a long, long time.  

Some of the most inspirational individuals I have ever met are teenagers. I am always impressed and reenergized when I hear their stories about how they have ventured beyond the limited expectations what we normally expect of teenagers to achieve extraordinary goals in their lives; overcome seemingly insurmountable physical, financial and emotional obstacles; or volunteered their time, started organizations and enrolled others in making the world a better place through service to their fellow man. As a result of this, I see today’s teens as a source of hope, change, and unlimited possibility. Now, more than ever before I see a generation of young people with amazing talent, potential, creativity, and compassion. I am confident that as the older generations pass the torch you will do a great job running the show and creating an ecologically sustainable, socially just, spiritually fulfilling world that works for everyone.  

I have spent my life hanging out with wonderful mentors, teachers and peers who have helped me push through my doubts, fears, and limiting beliefs so I could find my own inner strength, passion, and purpose and create an extraordinary life for me and my family. And as the editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series for the past 16 years, I also have been inspired by the thousands of stories we have published of ordinary people who have risen up to do extraordinary things. So I know that reading the stories we have collected in this book will inspire and encourage you to do the same.

After co-authoring The Success Principles for Teens with Kent Healy, I was excited to work with him once again on this book. I met Kent when he was 17, and well on the way to becoming an extraordinary teen himself. He is a perfect example of how committing to take that extra step can lead to an extraordinary life. And Kent would agree that leading an extraordinary life is not about having natural talent or ideal circumstances; it’s about your own level of commitment to do something exceptionally well.  Through the stories included in this book, it’s our hope that you can see how you too can be extraordinary if you dedicate yourself to a dream, goal, vision, purpose or cause.

With love and best wishes for creating the life of your dreams…

Jack Canfield
Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul®  series



"If only I could do what they have done..."

Well, I’m here to say, “You can!”  And this book is proof of that.  In most cases, the only person holding us back is ourselves. Many of us believe that celebrities, super-achievers, and other accomplished individuals are simply smarter, stronger, wiser, and in some way, “better” than we are.  But the real story is quite different.  During the many interviews for this book, I heard one specific line come up again and again: “I’m no different than anyone else.  I just wasn’t willing to settle for any less than I could be.”  

Consider what John Holt, a respected educator, once said:

Charismatic leaders make us think,
     "Oh, if only I could do that, be like that."
True leaders make us think,
     "If they can do that … then I can too."
- John Holt

Each person in this book is a “true leader”—their stories and their examples will show you how you too can achieve something extraordinary. When I asked these remarkable individuals to share their lessons, insight, and journeys with me, they all jumped at the opportunity because they know that anyone can be successful IF they have the right tools—and being part of this book has allowed them to share their own valuable “success tools” with you.

There are fundamental principles that anyone can use to achieve extraordinary results, but instead of listing each ingredient of success I’ve asked those who have used these principles to put them in their own words.  This means, woven in these incredible true stories, lay the secrets to achieving extraordinary results in your own life.

[This is only part of the introduction]



"I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of such a great and awesome book for teens... and parents. Everyone has things in their life that they could improve, and sometimes hearing other people's stories can ignite some growth and inspiration."

- Ryan Cabrera, singer/songwriter

"I feel very special to be a part of this book. I wish I had something like this when I was a teen."

- Kari Byron, Mythbusters TV co-host



Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; 1 edition (August 18, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1935096362

ISBN-13: 978-1935096368

Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces


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