Diary of a Brilliant Kid is the tweenager’s atlas for navigating life
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You can read an article by Andy Cope about HUGGS at the bottom of the page
This interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and yes, science, guides you through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12 to help you make sense of yourself and the world around you. Everything is changing! And that’s okay! It’s actually more than okay it s exciting. These changes are the opening salvo of your gradual transition into grownup, and it’s the perfect time to define who you are, how you think and how you choose to face the world. Is it a lot? Yes. But this book can help you sort things out and come out the other side shining.
The journal format gives away the plot; Spoiler Alert: the Brilliant Kid is you. No matter how you feel, no matter what’s happening in your head right now, you are not broken. You are a unique collection of talents and dreams and wants and surprises, and you have an entire lifetime ahead of you. Aren’t you curious to discover just how awesome life can be? This book takes you inside your own head, out into the world and everywhere your dreams may take you.
- Learn how to make the kinds of choices that make you feel alive
- Conquer the three Rs of happiness: relationships, relationships and relationships
- Get a handle on today, tomorrow and what comes next
- Bounce back from the tough stuff, and discover the seven words that will change your life
There’s a lot to learn, but one lesson is clear: never be afraid to shine. Stand up, stand out and be spectacular whatever that means to you. Diary of a Brilliant Kid gives you the map and compass so you can start your own journey today.
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Why your children need HUGGs (and you do too) by Andy Cope
If you want to be truly world class, we advocate that you take a bit of a gamble, go against the tide of traditional thinking and set massive goals. In ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ we call them huge unbelievably great goals, or HUGGS. A HUGG is something that is currently out of reach – you have to grow, innovate and engage in order to achieve it. A HUGG is on the edges of achievability but it’s not out of sight. It might be that you only get half way there – but your achievements will reach far beyond having no HUGG at all. A HUGG isn’t something to be afraid of – it’s something to aspire to.
Maybe a better name would be ‘Everest goals’? Has Mount Everest ever been conquered? Yup. But only by a committed few.
Because, you see, stretching yourself is good. But to maintain your motivation you need to know where you’re stretching to. You need a goal, a mouth-wateringly exciting thing to aim for, and that’s where our HUGG pyramid comes into being.
Rewind. A few years ago I went on a training course run by an heroic genius called David Hyner and he introduced me to HUGGs. So I got home and did one. At that time I had an idea swirling in my head about a children’s book based on my pet dog. What if while I was at work and my kids were at school, my mutt went around town catching baddies and solving crimes? What if she was secret agent, a bit like James Bond but a dog, undercover as an ordinary family pet. What if she was a Spy Dog?
A million ‘Spy Dog’ books sales later, I’m telling you, this HUGG thing works.
It works well with children from age 10 upwards. The trick is to write your huge unbelievable great goal in the bubble at the top of the page, and to make it compelling. That means not only is it a big ambition, but that you really want it. It has to excite you. And when you’re written it, stop and have a think. Chances are, you can write it better. We’re hoping that you’ll ‘get’ that to be an OSCAR winning actress elevates the goal to a HUGG. As does, to smash my A-levels and get into a top 10 Uni. Or to get one of the lead parts in my school play.
Once you’ve nailed what your huge goal is, you then start at the bottom of the pyramid and work out what you’ve got to start doing EVERY SINGLE DAY OF YOUR LIFE – to stand any chance of that goal ever happening. The thing about HUGGs is, of course, that they’re jaw-droppingly big. You aren’t going to get into a top University by accident. Ditto becoming a Prem footballer, top scientist, #1 YouTuber or A-grade mathser.
Life is a never-ending upward spiral. If you think you’ve ever allowed to stop climbing, I’m afraid you’ve missed the point. The joy is in the climb itself. Plain simple English yet again, that means a re-think of your thinking so that when there’s a challenge you move away from rolling your eyes and huffing that ‘it’s not fair’ to a steely-eyed nod of ‘bring it on’.
So, when the bottom rung is filled in, you go to the next level of the pyramid. When you’re started doing the things on the bottom row, what next? And next? And after that?
When you’re finished, you will have a proper HUGG, in all its motivational glory. Stick it on your fridge. It will tell you what the huge goal is and give you a simple set of things to do or habits to adopt, that will move you forward.
There are no guarantees. You will need some luck along the way.
In fact, let me change the guarantees sentence – there is only one guarantee – your huge goal won’t happen by accident. It will only happen if you take sustained action.
And guess what, even if you don’t quite achieve your Huge Unbelievably Great Goal, you’ll have taken some massive strides forward. You’ll be way ahead of the version of you that had no idea what their goal was!
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Will Hussey, Andy Cope and Gavin Oattes are the co-authors of Diary of a Brilliant Kid, a personal development book for 8-12s available now on Amazon.