The Teen's Guide to World Domination Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness

Josh Shipp

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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Josh Shipp has been serving up a healthy dose of “advice with an attitude” to millions of teens for over a decade, in front of packed auditoriums across the country. For the first time ever, Josh is pulling together all of his unique advice for “world domination” into a must-have survival guide. Hilarious, inspirational, and authentic, Josh offers golden nuggets of wisdom for everything that has you freaking out (pretty much all the stuff you can’t fathom addressing with Mom and Dad). So, summon your inner hero and learn to dominate the seven “villains” that are keeping you from awesomeness.


Praise for The Teen's Guide to World Domination

"Two standing ovations and an encore."—Georgetown University

"Our generation doesn’t have a ‘Dear Abby,’ but we do have a ‘Hey, Josh.’"—CNN’s Young People Who Rock

“He’s like the Dr. Phil for teens.”—FOX

"I first became aware of Josh Shipp when I was hosting TRL on MTV. He came on the show and gave teens solid advice that was funny and easily understood. Josh's hook does the same thing. It urges you to get off your butt and take some action for improving your life—regardless of your age. Life is short. So, what are you waiting for? Read this book!"—Damien Fahey, MTV
"One triumph of a book. It is hard to get a chance at an early age to do anything other than what we are told to do, and with Shipp's book, teens have a stellar shot of accomplishing their dreams, while other teens are eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chilling on seesaws."—Sklyer Stone, Comedy Central
"I love this book and I love Josh Shipp for writing it. Yeah, he's in your face but, like he says, he's always on your side. With The Teen's Guide to World Domination you'll get what you need to dominate the only part of any world you've got a shot at. That would be your own world, as in your thoughts, feelings, and choices. So quit stressing yourself out trying to get other people to do and be what you want. Instead, pick up Josh's guide. Learning to get the life you want starts here."—Annie Fox, author of Too Stressed to Think? and Middle School Confidential
"Josh Shipp totally gets it. His approach to getting teens to relate, open up, and get inspired is truly wonderful. So many authors have no idea how to really connect to teens and tweens. Let your kids learn to take over the world and feel awesome doing it."—Vanessa Van Petten, Youthologist and creator of
"'Be the hero of your own story' gets a twenty-first-century makeover with edgy candor, frank advice, and raw, real truisms you just can't duck-n-dodge. Simply put: If you don't choose to control your own world, then people will call the shots for you. The drama will control you—other people's expectations will control you. The villains (your past, your fears, bad relationships, addictions) will ALL line up to control you . . . Playful, poignant, and spot-on in its Yoda-like wisdom, Josh [Shipp]'s new book lands a loud and clear message: Teens, if you don't dominate your own world, someone else will."—Amy Jussel, founder and executive director of Shaping Youth 
"Drawing from his own experiences as a troubled youth, plus nearly a decade of motivational speaking to teen audiences, Shipp offers an unusually stimulating approach to making life decisions, rejecting bad choices, and nurturing a sense of self-identity. In his view, it is all about 'dominating' one’s own self and world (without dominating those of others, which is evil) by identifying and dealing with teeming hordes of 'villains'—which include Ghosts (i.e., self-imposed fears and limitations), Robots (who seek to replace individual paths with preprogrammed career expectations), and similarly metaphorical Ninjas, Zombies, Pirates, Vampires, and Puppies . . .  His hip vocabulary, vivid imagery, and confrontational rhetoric ('In your face, but on your side,' as he repeatedly writes) should keep readers engaged, and may well prompt some slackers to get off the stick."—Booklist

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Part 1
Total World Domination = Epic Fail
// Let’s face it: Total world domination never works.
(OK, you’re probably confused. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re actually reading the right book. You probably read the title and picked it up thinking world domination sounded like a pretty good idea, but then you opened it up and—what the … ?—the title of the first part seems to contradict the title of the book! Yes, I am tricksy. What were you expecting? This ain’t no textbook. We need to understand each
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  • Josh Shipp

  • Josh Shipp is a teen-advice guru and motivational speaker. Josh has earned an international reputation as a leading authority on teen communication that’s “in your face, but on your side.” Abandoned and abused as a child and raised in a dozen different foster homes, Josh has taken his past of hurt and neglect, turned it around, and used it as a catalyst for helping others. Seen on MTV, CNN, NBC, FOX, Comedy Central, and featured in the Los Angeles Times and Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs,” his inspiring personal story and life-changing message has reached more than a million teens . . . and counting. Visit and to learn more.

  • Josh Shipp
    Josh Shipp