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A unicorn in a world of donkeys : a guide to life for all the exceptional, excellent misfits out there / Mia Michaels.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Seal Press, Hachette Book Group, 2018.
Physical Description:
vii, 207 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: I am Mia -- Step one: Respect the horn -- Step two: Pure of heart -- Step three: Some corners of the forest are dark -- Step four: Hide of steel -- Step five: Find your blaze -- Step six: Fear is your friend -- Step seven: A leap of faith -- Step eight: Shift the universe -- Step nine: Donkeys pull. unicorns push -- Step ten: Eat, play, laugh -- Step eleven: Play nice in the sandbox -- Step twelve: It's only just beginning.
An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors. Provided by publisher.


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An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors from the star of So You Think You Can Dance and creator of Broadway's Finding Neverland

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys offers a playbook for living a creative and authentic life. Using her own story as a launching spot, and creative quizzes, charts, and lists to engage the reader in an interactive journey, Mia Michaels explores the experience of the unicorn in a world of donkeys, a world where fitting in, pleasing others, following rules, and maintaining norms-no matter how messed up those norms are-is the only acceptable path. She acknowledges the struggles of the unicorn life-loneliness, ridicule, being misunderstood and undervalued-and goes on encourage readers to reframe the unicorn life the way she has, as essential to a life of brilliance.

Author Notes

Mia Michaels was an Emmy Award-winning judge and choreographer for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance . She was a creator of Broadway's hit musical Finding Neverland , and she recently reinvented a New York institution, the Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall. Mia has choreographed national performances for Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Prince, and more.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Michaels, a choreographer, offers an uplifting take on being different. She celebrates being a "unicorn," her term for people who revel in individuality, rather than a "donkey," who conforms to the crowd. The unicorn mind-set has not only brought her much personal and professional success, she writes, but has allowed her to unapologetically embrace her authentic self. She shows the dilemma unicorns face of whether to bask in their difference or succumb to feelings of isolation and negativity, explaining that her father and mother, respectively, followed the former and latter paths. With the goal of helping readers discover and embrace their own inner unicorns, Michaels offers a series of strategies, such as listening to your gut, shutting down bullies, and developing a "hide of steel." Throughout, she offers short quizzes to help readers assess their current unicorn- or donkey-ness and touches on problems like overcoming fear and finding other unicorns. Entertaining and spirited, this no-nonsense guide will speak to those seeking to discover their true capabilities. Agents: Steve Troha and Frank Weimann, Folio Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.