A 14-year-old who already boasts the title CEO can now call herself a two-time author.
Alana Andrews, a freshman at Potomac Falls High School, is launching her second book this month called “Creating Confidence,” which encourages young people to make no excuses and reject any limitations to success.
“If you don’t make excuses, you don’t have anything holding you back,” she said. Her book outlines five steps young people can take to build their self-esteem. “I share stories from throughout my life. I first developed confidence at a young age and I use it in everyday situations to get big things done—and now I use it to encourage others to be their best selves.”
And she’s certainly tackled big things. Alana created her own company, So Positive Inc., almost two years ago. The business develops products and books that are designed to give teens the tools—and a firm nudge—to take risks with the end goal of building their self-confidence, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As part of her work, she created the So Positive Initiative at Potomac Falls that helps teens develop leadership and public speaking skills by speaking to fifth-graders about how they can build confidence ahead of entering middle school. So far, the program has connected high school speakers with four elementary schools.
Through her company, So Positive Inc., Alana is also working to manufacture a no-sugar, all-natural energy drink that she plans to market to teens. She said she’s currently looking for investors to help fund production.
Andrews will share her experiences as a young entrepreneur and officially launch her new book during the Virginia Women’s Business Conference, in which she is among the impressive lineup of speakers. The all-day conference is Friday, Nov. 30, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons Corner.
Learn more about So Positive Inc. at sopositiveinc.com and purchase “Creating Confidence” for $12.99 on Amazon. Alana’s first book, “Timeless,” is also for sale on Amazon for $15. Her first book offers an authentic glimpse of her experiences as a young teen through poetry.