"Most of us have said at one point or another, "If I only knew then what I know now..." and would have benefited from time-tested wisdom before the fact. And, as parents and mentors, we’ve longed for a book that serves as a “destination guide” for our children’s launch into adulthood – one that prepares them for the real world successes and strengthens our relationships.
What I Wish I Knew at 18 offers compelling insights for key life decisions and gives adults the reassurance they’ve prepared their children well. Dennis has also developed a whole curriculum around this book and offers it as well as many more extremely helpful features on his website. "
With high school graduation right around the corner, I wanted to share a wonderful book that would make for a great gift to the graduating class of 2013 -- "What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons For the Road Ahead" by Dennis Trittin. I don't know about you, but I have found myself through the years saying to myself, "I wish I knew this before/when I younger." I questioned things like college academics, career choices and advancements, along with managing finances and even my spiritual life. If I only was able to go back in time and tell myself when I was 18 to slow down and enjoy life, instead of wishing for adulthood. I also would have made a few different decisions, like starting to save money in a IRA sooner, as well as going for that job offering out of school. But, you can't write a note to your younger self or go back in time. If you could, though, I think you would include many points that Dennis Trittin has shared in his new book. For me, I wish I had received a copy of this book back when I was graduating high school - or even college, as it would have helped shape my future and help me make decision about choices in life, relationships, finances, etc.
What I loved most about this book, is that it is easy to understand and written with a young adult in mind. Many young adults are eager to become adults and grow up sort of speak, but they don't have a clue about what lies ahead and the different bumps in the road they will encounter. For most, they have been sheltered by their family and community during their school years, and don't know about all the struggles both personal, financial and spiritual people go through as they age. Many of my friends are currently going through the mid-life crisis phase, or have lost their jobs and trying to find a new path in life. Many of these events one goes through in life are not planned or expected, and oftentimes catch us off guard. If only we have some useful tips on how to manage or respond to these life events, it would make life so much easier.
In addition to the ease of reading, this book also offers great inspirational quotes, as well as a "Take 5" piece in each chapter, that asks the reader a question, so that they can ponder what they have just read and how it applies to their lives and how they deal with certain situations. I love when books offer this discussion or food for thought extra in their books. It really makes to you take in what you are reading and try to apply it to your own life.
I read this book in a couple of hours, and found myself answeing the "Take 5" questions and finding out new things about myself, including why I respond to different situations like I do -- thus, allowing me to make changes to my reactions/responses. I will definitely be sharing this book with family who will be graduating high school this year, and have already talked it up with other parents of graduating high school students, as the perfect gift to give. If you know someone who is graduating this year, why not pick up this book and share it with them? They will thank you for it, as it will help transition them into adulthood easier and more knowledgeable. They will still face many of the obstacles we faced like college academics, career choices, relationships, etc. -- but, at least they have a little insight into what lies ahead and ways to respond -- which, I feel is priceless. :-) Don't you?
If you know someone who is graduating this May from high school, and would love to surprise them with a copy of this book by Dennis Trittin, please email me at rmccoy1234 at gmail dot com, but 11:59PM EST. I will then put all names in a hat and draw a winner by noon time on Saturday, with the winner having 48 hrs. to get back to me with their contact, or I will draw another winner. Good luck!
About Dennis Trittin
Dennis Trittin is a successful investment manager, educator and mentor committed to helping young adults reach their full potential. Now retired from managing over $30 billion in assets, he devotes his life to promoting leadership and life management on a global basis. Trittin serves as an advisor to several charitable groups and as a speaker with national and local educational and community organizations. Dennis and his wife Jeanne are parents of two young adults and reside in the Seattle area.