Level Up Your Teens aims to help teenagers smash life and hack the way that they think, in order to focus on getting the most from their time on the planet. It is aimed at teenagers, but it is also for anyone that feels stuck on the sidelines of life and is in need of a motivational kick to help them deal with their fears and anxieties. Written by a father, media lecturer, martial artist, and life coach, this a short, fast paced, easy-to-read call to action. It is laid out as though it is a quest, establishing that you are the hero, and you can answer the call to adventure. It teaches you to armour up, both externally (clothing and anchors) and internally (mindfulness and mind-body connect), and covers how the language we use can be a dangerous spell that we cast on ourselves, and others. The book also highlights the importance of putting together your adventuring squad. Finally there are some suggestions of resources that may aid you on your quest through life. Scattered throughout are film, television, and video game references. The book also draws heavily on the author’s own life, to create a fun, engaging, honest, and compelling exploration of ways you can get the best out of life.
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“You can do anything any other human being has done.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Jack Berry

This quote from the book has stayed with me since first reading it, it’s kept me motivated and inspired and I have applied it to things that I’ve faced in recent months as well as many other of the books fantastic ideologies. Despite being a university student who is a little bit older than the teenage demographic that the book is aimed for, I never for one second felt like I was reading something intended for someone younger than I. I did, however, feel like if had read something like this when I was a teenager I would probably be ahead of where I am now in terms of being the best version of myself. The main thing I loved about it was that the author doesn’t try giving you a magic solution to all the problems that you may face in your life but instead offers you an alternative way of viewing the world and the challenges that you face on a daily basis, for example seeing a menial or tedious task as being a quest rather than a chore. This makes the book unique and accessible, specifically for someone like me who has grown up in a culture of video games, films and comics books, all of which have been a major influence on my life, because it takes conventions from fiction that I’m familiar with and uses it as a way of encouraging you to view yourself as the hero in your own story. Personally, there have been times in my life when I have lacked motivation, I’ve been scared to say yes to things from fear that I’ll somehow fail and I’m sure there are many of you out there that have felt the same. So, my advice to you people would be to start viewing yourself as the hero & say yes to that opportunity so that you, like Bilbo Baggins, Luke Skywalker, Katniss Everdeen and The Dragonborn before you, can go on your own fantastical adventure. but most importantly don’t forget to take this book with you.

About the Author

Darren is a media and communication specialist working in post-compulsory education, and lives in a beautiful village in Cumbria, UK.

He also owns and runs a martial arts studio focusing on life performance, and self-preservation for mind and body.

He is also a life coach, specialising in helping 16-19 year olds, but happy to help anyone who feels a little lost, and on the sidelines of life.

During the writing of his first book, Level Up Your Teens, he also became a contributor to www.LEADx.org, which seeks to help millennials get 1% better each day.

Darren became a father to an amazing daughter in January 2016, which kick started his quest to make the world a better place.

Hence writing a book. As one of his students said, “there needs to be a YOU in every college, but there isn’t!”

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