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Service Organizations Helping Teens and Young Adults

What would we do without you?  Service organizations such as yours are facing unprecedented demand from teens and young adults who are struggling mightily.  The reasons vary from fractured families to ill-prepared parents to excessive “busyness” to institutions that aren’t teaching our kids the life skills they require.  It doesn’t help matters when educators and parents assume the other is covering important life topics such as personal finance.  The bottom line is that book smarts all-too-often aren’t translating into life smarts.   

I wrote What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead as a preparatory leadership and life success  guide for graduates.  It contains time-tested principles in diverse subject matters as life purpose, character, relationships and communication, spiritual growth, adversity, personal productivity, college academics, career selection and advancement, love and marriage, and managing finances.  Depending on the subject matter, the book either illustrates or instructs readers in how to become successful in these important life areas.  It is meant to help fill the life skills gap left by educators and parents. 

This book provides readers with before-the-fact, practical wisdom to prepare graduates for what lies ahead.  The end result should be a more productive and inspired younger generation and stronger families.  It also serves as a guide to parents to ensure that they are covering the bases as they guide their children.

Among the key life topics covered in the book are:

  • How to define your life purpose
  • How to define success
  • What are the most admirable character traits
  • How your attitude and disposition will influence your success
  • Keys to working well with people in a team setting
  • Elements of a strong spiritual life and what it can offer you
  • How to accept and handle adversity
  • How to maximize your personal productivity and manage your time
  • How to transition to the college academic environment
  • A “killer” study method that works!
  • How to select and advance in your career
  • A foolproof way to a glowing performance review
  • How to build your value and win promotions
  • Keys to responsible dating in an increasingly irresponsible world
  • How to know whether he or she is “the one”
  • Keys to a successful marriage
  • Attributes of wise financial management
  • How to live within your means and achieve your financial goals

It is my hope that this book could serve as a valuable resource to you in your mission of service to teens and young adults.  Whether as a curricular resource for courses/small groups (a leader’s and student guide will follow) or as a gift to your clients, What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead is sure to provide valuable, practical wisdom to guide our future leaders.

Thank you for your interest and all that you do!

Dennis Trittin

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