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RENEE WALLACE
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013
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TURNING UP: Frankie Stevens' tenacity to make it in life is described in a new book.

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Silver Linings on the Long White Cloud is a book encompassing some very real, inspirational stories from real New Zealanders who struggled along the way to become successful.

The book takes you through the stories of Michael Hill, Peter Leitch, Linda Vagana, Craig McKibbon and many other New Zealanders who have overcome some sort of failure, accident, bad luck and gone onto be successful at what they do.

In the book, Graham Henry is quoted as saying: “As Kiwis we don’t address the issue of failure enough. If people are prepared to give it their best shot and prepare well, but it doesn’t go well, it’s a good thing. Learn for next time and don’t be scared to fail again.”

Successful musician Frankie Stevens talked about how hard his life was growing up. He was 14 years old, had been asked to leave school, asked to leave home and was living in a boarding house in Upper Hutt.

Success was never going to be easy from there, but his story shows how he got over those hurdles at a young age and how he got to where he is today.

Chris Dodds, the author, himself suffered a debilitating illness that saw him nearly end his life, but he sought help and overcame many things to go on to become a successful cocktail bar owner - his dream.

This book shows that no matter what your circumstances, health status, wealth status, as long as you have dreams and aspirations, and are able to overcome the hurdles, you are able to succeed at what you do and turn your dreams into reality.

Silver Linings on the Long White Cloud is an easy read, the short stories are great when you only have a few minutes but want to read something thought provoking, inspirational and meaningful.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going through a bad patch, or someone who needs that little bit of extra inspiration or motivation to carry on with their dreams.


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