Ask An Author

Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Devin


Ask An Author: Ken Rabow, Part 3

Ken Rabow is a life empowerment coach and the author of The Slacker’s Guide to Success, a book designed to help teens and young adults discover their strengths. In this multi-part interview, he talks about his philosophies, writing process, favourite books and more.

What book would you give to your 14 year old self?

The work I do is life empowerment coaching with people in their teens and 20s. The first book I give each and every one of them (after my own book, of course!) is How to Win Friends and Influence People.

What is success?   What prevents people from succeeding?

To me, and to my clients, success is all about feeling good about your personal accomplishments.

It is through the small successes we have in our day-to-day lives that we build up our belief in ourselves. This faith in ourselves comes not from our natural talents, that we have heard praised by elders since we began to walk, but through what we earn.

The biggest enemy to success is perfectionism. We are so afraid of “messing up” that we stop ourselves from even trying. I suggest that we let go of perfectionism and embrace messing-up-ism; the mind-space of just “going for it”. Try new things (with intention) and then learn from the messy parts.

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is out now.

To read more from Ken Rabow, visit his website, his Real Life Coaching center or his articles for The Huffington Post. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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