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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A New Lifeplan Book

In a recent Time Magazine article, Fareed Zakaria spoke about the things that make up the "secret sauce of Western civilization" -- competition, modern science, the rule of law and private property rights, modern medicine, the consumer society, and the work ethic. He added, "To this historical challenge from nations that have figured out how the West won, add a technological revolution. It is now possible to produce more goods and services with fewer and fewer people, to shift work almost anywhere in the world, and to do all this at warp speed. That is the world the U.S. (and young people) now faces. Yet the country seems unready for the kind of radical adaptation it needs. The changes we are currently debating amount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic."

Well, I am far more optimistic (which I firmly believe is the only philosophy that justifies getting up in the morning -- and playing golf). I know this is all very complicated, and with an interdependent global economy, will become even more so. But I also know that having a game plan to guide and inform your path will make you far better prepared for this chaotic and fast-paced world we live in.

Thus the value of Lifeplan! While, on the surface, a simple asset, its substance is what physicists might call elegant. Giving our young people the opportunity to explore their core values, then use their core values to inform the myriad choices they have to make every day. Learning to morph negative internal chatter into positive talk and taking the reigns for the direction that talk is taking. Creating a dreamscape and knowing how to make those dreams a reality instead of just "winging it" through life. Understanding how to capitalize on life's unforeseen, spontaneous events instead of being traumatized by them. Setting short-term and long-term goals, building a Board of Directors, and creating the action plan that enables each young person to reach their goals and true potential -- in other words, to thrive.

All of this is detailed in my new book, A Plan For Life: Why Every Young Person Should Have a Lifeplan. George Lucas was kind enough to pen the Foreword and generously offers that Lifeplan is a demonstrative example of how we should be informing our young people today. The book will be available via soon. I hope you'll take a look, be inspired -- and enjoy!

All the best,



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