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It's the kind of book I'd buy for the 18-20somethings in my life. Filled with experiential learning about life's ups, downs, risks and failures and how it all shapes who we are as we age. Provides real life advice for taking risks and finding who you are as you come of age in your 20s. We don't have it all together at 25, and this book proves it is ok.
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I found this book to be a wonderfully inspired and creative venture. I took to this book like a child to it's mother's chest - desperately and fervently as I gleaned it's nourishment and wisdom. I have been furiously seeking some solace as my 30's draw ever near bringing with it a foreboding sense of dread. Paralyzed with fear of which path to take and where to go, the pages of this book offered me more peace than I could have hoped for. Humorous and tender and full of hope, this book is absolutely one of the most important things I have ever read.
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The20Project is breath after breath of fresh air. It is a series of glimpses into the lives of real people, their challenges, their failures, and their journeys to their successes. I found it honest, inspiring, and motivating. I saw myself several times over, and could not help feeling some regret that I did not take some leaps of faith when I was much younger.
I am reviewing this book from the perspective of a long way past 20; however, I think a twenty year old will find this book worth the read, even if it is only to assure the reader that they are not alone in feeling adrift.
The opener, I am Potential, gave me goose bumps!
The bios give a good look at the authors, some more than others. The authors range in age from late twenties to fifty-something. Each shares his or her unique perspective on that often terrifying question: what do I want to be when I grow up? Their journeys to get there, if indeed some even arrive, are daring, poignant, and full of choices.
There are some distinct common life threads amongst the authors. Travel, extensive and extended, had a huge role in their journeys. Less than stellar performance at school was also common, as was overcoming that, and continuing on with post-secondary education. Career paths, chosen, changed, and changed again in the quest to be true to yourself, to do what you love. Each of them faced down fears with guts and courage, and let go of things that held them back.
The stories, wisdom, and advice resonate like a church bell. Making mistakes is OK. Some mistakes might get you stuck in the mud. This book is an excellent source of insight and experience that may help to avoid some pitfalls; and to realign your priorities and goals with following your dreams.
Some of the contributions that struck me:
Alma: “Don’t. Get. Old.”
Hilary: Why answer “yes” when you can answer “Why not?”
Juan: “…certification, license or degree – DO IT! This will open many doors for you.” “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” - Zig Ziglar
Margaret: “Getting an education is the most important thing you can do, because no one can ever take it away from you.”
NJ: Overcoming obstacles by believing in yourself. “External validation should not be the determining factor in your success.”
Sandie: “…throw everything back that doesn’t fill you with self-respect and love.”
Stephanie: “If someone disappoints you, then they taught you something about them that you didn’t know.”
The 20 Project is worth the read for any age.
The20Project challenges readers to face their fears when deciding what their life will hold. It compels readers to listen to that voice inside them that will reveal what they really want and need. Some people have listened to this voice their whole lives, let it guide them from their earliest choices. For others it took many years to truly hear the voice and let it guide their path. This book will offer inspiration to those looking at the road ahead with uncertainty, and perhaps give them the courage to listen to their inner voice.
"Extraordinary stories from ordinary people."
Follow your heart. We’ve all heard the saying, but few of us really make life choices based on our unique strengths and desires. In reading the stories of how ordinary people have been able to find the courage to live genuine and fulfilling lives, we see how following this sage piece of advice can save people from lives of apathy, frustration and regret.
As someone who grew up watching Oprah, I believe in the power of sharing your story. The 20 project provides 20-somethings - and anyone else looking for inspiration - an easy way to get accessible and honest insights from a group of diverse people that they can identify with, admire or be challenged by.