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You Are Not Special: … And Other Encouragements


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A profound expansion of David McCullough, Jr.'s popular commencement speech—a call to arms against a prevailing, narrow,
conception of success viewed by millions on YouTube—You Are (Not) Special is a love letter to students and parents as
well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life.

Children today, says David McCullough—high school English teacher, father of four, and son and namesake of the famous
historian—are being encouraged to sacrifice passionate engagement with life for specious notions of success. The intense
pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those
failures.

In You Are (Not) Special, McCullough elaborates on his now-famous speech exploring how, for what purpose, and for whose
sake, we're raising our kids. With wry, affectionate humor, McCullough takes on hovering parents, ineffectual schools,
professional college prep, electronic distractions, club sports, and generally the manifestations, and the applications
and consequences of privilege. By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of
students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with
their advantages.

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