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What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead

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ISBN-13: 978-0983252603
ISBN-10: 0983252602
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As a university president, I have the privilege of working with some of the brightest, most amazing young people. Although all of the students who come to Whitworth are academically talented, what often separates those who perform very well from those who seem to struggle during their first years away from home is the understanding of basic life skills.

What Dennis Trittin does in his book, What I Wish I Knew At 18, is to provide a very accessible and clear account of the important things that young adults ought to be thinking about as they enter adulthood. I wish that I had this great resource when I was 18 and headed off to college, and I am confident that students who spend time considering these topics will be best prepared for a life of independence.
 
--Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D.
President, Whitworth University (Spokane, WA)

About the Author

Dennis Trittin is a successful investment manager, educator, and mentor committed to helping young people reach their full potential. He holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, and a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. During his twenty-seven-year career at Russell Investments, He served as director of Research, director of Investment Strategy, and Senior Portfolio Manager, and helped grow the firm's assets from $1 billion to $220 billion through his role in portfolio management and sales and service support. In 2008, he retired to devote his life to charitable causes, including teaching financial literacy and life skills and serving on a private school board. He spends his spare time on the golf course, enjoying friends, following the markets, writing, and traveling.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: LifeSmart Publishing (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983252602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983252603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beyah on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
What a great job Dennis has done. It is meaningful in its approach, conversational in the delivery of the author's experiences and timely in its message. I have given this as graduation presents, and introduced it to a series of my colleagues. We can sit back and let the mass media, environment/current culture describe what is acceptable behavior for families/kids, or we can provide great advice and leadership. I choose the later. And it appears that the author does too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Bartman on July 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I truly wish I would've had my hands on this when I was graduating from high school. All these life lessons that schools don't teach, my kids will now know when they get to read this book down the road. Thanks to my Godfather, Uncle Denny, who wrote this wonderful book. I now have the tools and resources my kids will need to make the right decisions to create their own "life masterpieces". What a gift this book is to have at our fingertips!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luvsbooks on December 15, 2011
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This book is full of great advice for the college bound student as well as adults. I recieved this book as a gift for my daughter who will be entering High School next year and may be a little young for the college advice right now. I wanted to read it as well and found it full of advice that I can use right now. Great life lessons!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joojie on February 17, 2011
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This book is a MUST for parents who are beginning their child-bearing years, as well as teenagers getting ready to leave the nest. This book is a guide to what a child should know to be equipped to be a success in life. Parents can use it as a guide as they rear their children...This book is an easy read with a wealth of knowledge. Excellent!!!!!
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Hindsight is 20/20. Don't we all wish we could go back and relive our youth armed with the knowledge we now have? What I Wish I Knew at 18 is Dennis Trittin's handbook for the young on what he wish he knew before he went out into the real world.

He began compiling a list of things he wanted his son to know before going off to college and that turned into this book and ultimately fulfilled a lifelong desire to do something relevant, lasting and more fulfilling than his career in the Stock Market. He has imparted his wisdom to all in this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and agreed with all he said. It is very organized in it's content and covers a wide variety of subjects from finances to marriage. I wish I had read this at 18. However, I see one fundamental problem with it. I'm wondering how many eighteen year olds (and younger) would actually pick up a book like this and read it? Most kids that age think they know it all and are ready to conquer the world. Not many are seeking wisdom from those that have already been there. I know I wasn't, as much as I hate to admit it.

It seems that those wise enough to pick up a book like this, aren't the ones that really need to be reading it. I hope that I'm wrong and I will be saving this book to show my kids at that age because I see it's value. It is full of information that would benefit anyone starting out on their life adventure. I just hope there are some wise enough to read it and follow its instruction.

I think that part of living and learning is making mistakes and often the hard knocks are the lessons we remember, learn from and grow by. If there are those out there wiser than I was at that age then What I Wish I Knew at 18 is an invaluable tool that will contribute to their life success. If there are young people in your life, be sure to enter below to win a copy for them!
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Do you remember when you were 18? If you are reading this and you're not 18 I'm beyond jealous, enjoy the days ahead! When I think about my life at 18 (let's just say it wasn't yesterday), I cannot believe how foolish I was. When I think of the time of my life when I created the most physical and emotional scars, it was in that time period. It's not ALL bad. I made some great memories in those years...GREAT memories. Yet I wish someone would have handed me a book like the one I just read before those critical years. It might have changed the trajectory of my decisions and ultimately....life.

What I Wish I Knew at 18 by Dennis Trittin is a true gem. I can't begin to express what a great book this is. Using 109 Success Pointers, Dennis Trittin walks the reader through a road map of life instructions that are critical to the road ahead. I can only imagine what my life would have looked like had a taken the time to read a book like this prior to my late teens and early 20′s. Here's a little bit about the author:

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.

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