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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is well written with applicable advice, is just over 280 pages long, and is easy to read." --Orato

"Whenever I need a little advice and my mother is busy, I will definitely pick this up." --Grace's Book Blog

"The true gift of this book is the lessons in thoughtfulness that may make you, or your son or daughter, a more loving and caring person." --Blog Critics

"In his book "You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way: Making It In the Real World," author J.R. Parrish compiles a guide for high-school and college seniors. But I found the lessons to be a refresher course of Life 101 because, come on, we never stop learning." --Psych Central

"The purpose of You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way is to provide graduates a guidebook in learning the full cycle of life's lessons. It provides a "blue-print" for the graduate to lay the groundwork for not only a successful career, but a successful life." --Bella Online Career Training

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The pathway-to-the-future guidebook for recent grads.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEARN THE HARD WAY

Chock-full of practical advice for teen and college-age readers on everything, including:

* Nailing that first big job interview * Avoiding dangerous relationship mistakes * Mastering the art of managing your finances * Circumventing the typical pitfalls of adjusting to the adult world * Making friends and forging career alliances * Choosing the right mentors

This valuable guidebook synthesizes a life's worth of wisdom into one engaging volume. The author, a self-made multimillionaire who did learn the hard way, offers what he wishes someone would have given him when he was starting out--a no-nonsense blueprint for personal and professional success. Written with self-deprecating humor and grace, this book is never preachy and features irresistible self-discovery quizzes that guide young readers to deeper self-understanding.


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I believe this makes the book very appealing for those who need it most: college graduates and high school graduates.
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It will broaden their perspective beyond the academics into the real meaningful aspects of living life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachael T on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I see where another reviewer rated this book poorly because they didn't believe all the hyped up reviews. I think that is a completely unfair review and perhaps would be better suited as feedback to reviews as opposed to a stand-alone rating of the book.

I've got the book sitting in front of me as I type this review, and I will say that all the positive reviews are very fair representations of what this book has to offer.

I honestly believe this book is suited not only for graduates, but also for parents. It is filled with life lessons we should all take time to teach our children.

It works really well for young adults because there are quizzes in each section that allow self-reflection. I believe this makes the book very appealing for those who need it most: college graduates and high school graduates.

For people like me - middle aged with young children, I can take the lessons in this book and apply them to not only my future, but also the future of my children.

FOR EXAMPLE: Chapter four is all about dating, marriage and parenting. Parrish's goal for the chapter is to advise the reader on making good decisions on the topic. Most Americans will tell you there is a serious problem with the way our teens and young adults relate to partners when it comes to dating and marriage. With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, we honestly do need some good life lessons on the topic. In a numbered list in the chapter, Parrish reminds the reader to remember marriage is about trust and companionship, and not to let the physical excitement we feel during dating to rule whether or not our partner is worthy of our hand in marriage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Babcock on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you know a recent graduate who you care about and wish a happy successful life, just give him/her this book. It will broaden their perspective beyond the academics into the real meaningful aspects of living life.

How about learning the winning human relations skills to get and succeed in that first job, or, selecting and winning the perfect mate. How about learning the value of love in every challenge of life. These are just a few of the topic areas of this wonderful book that J.R. Parrish manages to convey in a concise, readable, and practical way.

In truth, most everyone at any age can benefit from this book. I certainly did and can only wish that I could have been able to read it at a younger age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way: Making it in the Real World: A Guide for Graduates is sort of a handbook/workbook all rolled up into one. Mr. Parrish writes this book ideally for high school and college age students in mind. Though adults can learn and take away things from this book

I like that it was very easy to read. Each chapter is broken out into different topics like Human Relations, Making you dreams come true, and dating, marriage and parenting are just a few of the subjects touched on in this guide. At the beginning of each chapter, Mr. Parrish explains what the objective is for that chapter. He than shares true events that happened to him. Than the subject matter is broken down into sections. Those sections explain why it is important for eye contact, listening, etc. The reader follows the steps on how to help them achieve these skills or goals.

This book is very interactive as there are quizzes throughout this book. You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way: Making it in the Real World: A Guide for Graduates would make a perfect gift for any young adult just learning how to make their own way in the real world, especially now in these times. Pick up two copies of this book today as you will want to keep one for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Remington on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If your looking for the PERFECT GRADUATION GIFT regardless of gender, vocational direction or hobbies and interests, then look no further. As long as you are open to the possibilites that this book promises, there is no limit to the fruit that it's wisdom will bare the recipient. Parrish's book is a must for every household. I have applied the principles in this book to my life and continually receive the benefits that Parrish promises to those who do so. At fourty five I feel that I stand to gain as much as the recent graduate from this book. As Parrish says "Its not knowing, but doing, that is important." This is a book to sink your teeth into. By reading and then applying one principle at a time, it won't be long before you realize that the results are inevitable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel K. on April 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After graduating college in 2006, I quickly discovered that many of the concepts and thoeries that I learned in my classes had very little carryover to the "real world". As many of my friends have shared with me, this is somewhat shocking leaving young graduates wondering what skills they have to offer. Parrish's book has the ambitious goal of helping young people such as myself learn the intangible skills that lead to success. Many of these behaviors and attributes take a lifetime to aquire. However, by habitually using the advice in the book, the reader can benefit from the author's knowledge without losing the precious time it takes to "learn the hard way". Parrish uses a unique storytelling style that incorporates his most important lessons - both personally and professionally.

While some of the ideas can seem simplistic at times, this also proves to be the most valuable component of the book. The concepts are the fundamentals of life - tried and tested over many lifetimes with overwhelming success. Parrish's insight often sheds new light on experiences, ideas, and thoughts that everyone is sure to encounter on the journey of life.

This book is a must read for someone 20-25 years old and for anyone who has not had the benefit of having a positive role model in their life. Beyond fulfilling our basic needs, everyone deserves to benefit from the book's character building advice which will lead to self improvement for all.
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