Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Happy Student by Daniel Wong

Author Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He lived in South Africa, Hong Kong, and Singapore before heading to Durham, North Carolina for college on a full academic scholarship. Before college, Daniel spent two years in the Singapore military and currently holds the rank of First Lieutenant. Daniel is passionate about education and has given numerous talks to students about topics such as goal-setting, time management, college life skills, and developing a personal vision for your life. He also gave a TEDx talk at Duke University entitled Realistic Idealism: Seeing People as People. He writes regularly about topics related to education and personal development at

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
“The Happy Student” will enable students to find new meaning in the pursuit of academic success, and will give parents and educators an understanding of how to motivate students intrinsically.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m starting an entire “Happy” series. The books in the works are “The Happy Mom,” “The Happy Teacher” and “TheHappy Body.” I want to use this series as a platform to empower people with the mindset and methods to maximize their life.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’m so touched every time I receive an email from a reader telling me how the book has changed the way they view education and make decisions in life.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I wanted to share my personal story of how I went from being an unhappy overachiever to a happy straight-A student, so that students, parents and educators will understand the keys to finding academic fulfillment and success. I suffered depression and anxiety for far too many years of my formal education, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the same pain! My vision for “The Happy Student” is that it will be used as a tool to transform education— one book at a time, one life at a time.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people throughout the writing process. Writing a book is a long and challenging journey, so you’ll need all the support you can get. Stay far, far away from naysayers!

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the future. I’m an engineer by training and I would love to see all the amazing inventions of the future!

What is one book everyone should read?
“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. This book will cause you to re-examine your life.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Supermemory. I enjoy reading about many different topics, so I wish I could remember 100% of the things I read.

If you could meet one person who has died, who would you choose?
Mother Teresa. I would like to talk to her about how she lived a life of such unbelievable love and self-sacrifice.

What is your favorite quote?
“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” – G.K. Chesterton

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A professional basketball player. That dream quickly faded when I realized that I wasn’t tall or fast or talented enough!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My mom once said to me, “Respect needs to be earned, but honor is an attitude of the heart. Not everyone will earn your respect, but everyone deserves to be shown honor.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
One of my more random hobbies is juggling. I think it’s fascinating and I really enjoy learning new tricks.

The Happy Student: 5 Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success

Are you a happy, motivated student? Or do you drag yourself to class every morning? In The Happy Student, Daniel Wong describes the five key steps you need to take in order to become a happy, fulfilled, and successful student. Daniel scored straight A’s all through college and received numerous academic honors and awards, but he didn’t find fulfillment in his achievements until he discovered the five steps. Daniel draws on his personal journey—from unhappy overachiever to happy straight-A student—to guide you through your own transformational process.
If you’re a high school or college student who has begun to question what the true purpose of education is, then The Happy Student will lead you to the right answer! If you’re a teacher or parent, you’ll find inspirational ideas in the book to help your students become intrinsically motivated.
“You must become purpose-driven rather than performance-driven,” says Daniel. “You must ask the ‘why’ questions before you ask the ‘how’ questions. You must learn how to climb the ladder more effectively, but only after you’ve made sure that the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

In The Happy Student, Daniel shows you how to:
·          Enjoy a new sense of purpose in your academics
·          Keep your motivation levels high using practical strategies
·          Conquer your fear of failure
·          Set meaningful goals and achieve them
·          Increase your self-confidence
·          Deal with the expectations of parents and teachers
·          Fall in love with learning again

Don’t leave your happiness to chance. This book can make the difference between frustration and fulfillment in your academics! For more info, please visit

Giveaway Details
5 copies of The Happy Student
Open to US only
Ends 5/30/12

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