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The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn. Paperback – May 14, 2013
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I had the pleasure of meeting Victor Saad this weekend when he gave a presentation at a conference. Intrigued by his story, it was an immediate choice for me to sit down and read his book after settling into bed last night.
I'm a lover of education and this non-traditional means of getting a degree sounded fascinating.
From cover to cover, in a couple of hours, I was completely, holistically, spiritually, and crazily inspired to find away to make my dreams happen. In a world were the common is the norm, his dreams of doing something different stands out in the field of unconventionality and pure at heart.
A must read for those who love education and learning.
A must, must read for those who love to try something different.
A must, must, must read for those that dream of something that is bigger than themselves.
I purchased the book because I was interested in the premise of self-education, but the book doesn't delve too much into that aspect. It's mostly about Saad and his minions' experiences. The book focuses more on what happened his project as opposed to how to make it happen for yourself.
Throughout the book, we feel like we're traveling with Victor throughout his year, as he gives us insight into his world, the tough decisions he had to make, and his failures and successes of this groundbreaking project. It's impossible NOT to be encouraged and inspired to take a leap of your own after just a few chapters. By the time you've finished the book, you'll be taping pieces of butcher paper to your wall and sketching out your next big leap. The power that is contained in these pages, through the text, photographs, and design, are enough to get you out of your reading chair and moving through the world--a powerful accomplishment for a book of less than 200 pages.
The Leap Year Project solves this dilemma in two ways:
1. The book is awesome. Victor's story is great, and better still he inspired a whole bunch of people around the world to "take the leap" and change the world for the better in their own way.
2. It's a collection of vignettes that fits the coffee table as well as it fits the bedstand so it's an easy book to read in bits and pieces. Also, the design of the book itself with all its beautiful graphics and photos is just plain fun to flip through.
If you like to reflect on bigger issues like education reform, or you just want to be inspired on a personal level, then The Leapyear Project is a worthwhile investment.
Make no mistake, this is not a self-help book, nor is it a how to guide, it is something very special. With Victor as the humble, gracious guide, we get a peek into his personal growth and education process while experiencing the journeys of many others. True - the book is beautifully designed, but the stories within are messy, focused, emotional and most importantly, inspirational on so many levels. Imagine that thing that has been in the back of your mind all these years and grab this book. I guarantee you will want to take your own leap.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I went to hear the author, Victor Saad, speak at the DBCx presentation series hosted by DevBootcamp in Chicago. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by John Norton
This may sound cheesy, but this book gave me inspiration to do and continue doing things that I was truly struggling through. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Dawn Bjork
I did expect more details about each experience and about the transformation . The idea is great but I did expect more sharing.Published on November 5, 2013 by Daniela Ghiban
Vic's book reads like an anthology mixed in with his perspective and insight. The diversity of stories are well played against the similarity of purpose. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by @idealexit
The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn.
The Leap year project.
Learning to take risks!
We could all learn from this book.
Read it! lmc
If you are having a dilemma about whether to do something risky versus taking the safe route, this book might be inspirational for you. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Catherine
In the Leap Year Project, Saad shares brief stories of his different experiences through each month of 2012. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Ryan Eidson
To be short and sweet: this book is simply beautiful, elegant, fantastic design thorough... and most importantly won't stop inspiring and motivating you time and time again. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Ben Schmanke
If you've ever wanted to do something, anything...something that scares you & that you're afraid of and want to find the inspiration to take a Leap of Faith, this book is for... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by JP Taboada