This 14-year-old published a book

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It’s Up To Me – 7 Ways to Make a Dif­fer­ence by Megan Werner Published by Megan Werner 95 pages R92 for ebook at ama­zon.com

Megan Werner, the author of It’s Up To Me, is a 14-yearold from Krugers­dorp. It’s not every day that we hear of a teenager as­pir­ing to change the world. Megan has done that by pro­vid­ing us with the tech­niques that we should im­ple­ment in our daily lives to be­come bet­ter peo­ple.

She tells the personal story of her life ex­pe­ri­ences and uses seven ex­am­ples that we can adopt to make a dif­fer­ence: be­ing a giver, hav­ing fun, courage, learn­ing, teach­ing, show­ing love and be­ing a good re­ceiver.

In chap­ter three, young Werner af­firms that “we must get out of our comfort zone if we need to grow in life”. How many times do we com­plain about things not chang­ing in our lives? She states: “If you want to change your out­come, then change your in­put.”

Megan got out of her comfort zone and did a lot of brave things that some adults fear, such as pub­lic speak­ing. “Re­cently, I got the op­por­tu­nity to speak at the Na­tional Achiev­ers’ Congress where I had my biggest crowd yet – 5 000 peo­ple.”

Young or old, it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence, we are all sur­rounded by neg­a­tive peo­ple in all en­vi­ron­ments. The author ad­vises never lis­ten­ing to them and never let­ting any­one tell you you can’t achieve your dreams.

“Although we are not all equal in every as­pect of life, we all have dif­fer­ent tal­ents and gifts. It is up to us to use those gifts to help our­selves, and then to help others,” says the author. She uses the fa­mous bas­ket­ball player Michael Jor­dan as an ex­am­ple. He was told by one of his teach­ers that he would never make the grade and pos­si­bly never play on his team. We all know where Jor­dan ended up.

This book is prov­ing so successful – for young and old read­ers alike – it’s even be­ing trans­lated into Rus­sian.

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