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The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn Paperback – 1775
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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.
Risk equals adventure. The Leap Year Project is full of stories - real life stories that prove this.
I was thrilled to be offered a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and once I open it's digital pages, I could not put it down. When I was in my 20s I was blessed to be exposed to challenging examples of others who risked everything to bring value to other people's lives.
I followed their example and stepped out of the comfort of my little country into a very unknown world. I spent 25 plus incredible years in Mexico serving as a missionary as a result of being challenged consistently by so many folk who have gone before me.
Thank you Victor for taking the courage to step out and take the risk needed to live a life beyond the "norm". You are adding value to so many lives and you are taking so many with you on your adventure as they follow your example. An incredible story!!
I pray God will continue to bless your vision way beyond 2012 - and that you will continue to challenge multitudes more of young (and not so young) folk to step out and take that Leap in their own lives.
I challenge you who is reading this to get a copy of this book - The Leap Year Project - and read it.
Then I dare you to look at your own life to see where you can take that Leap that will catapult you into new heights in your life.
I know I am taking this challenge! There is always more in life waiting for you if you dare to take that leap - whether you are young in years or young in heart (or both)! Exciting years are ahead of you if you take that risk.
Victor's exploration of himself and what he can do to change the world and those around him is a refreshing perspective in our doggy dog corporate world. Instead of stepping on someone to get to the next rung, Victor climbs a second ladder and helps an organization, community, person and himself grow to new heights. He chronicles his own journey in the book through each month, but he also brings along others through the journey and challenges them with this question:
"What would you do if you could take a risk to change your life, your community, or your world for the better?"
As I read through this book, you meet people who were changing their world, life, community. The stories are extraordinary. They took risks and as I read...I wondered what I would do. You can't help but be inspired this book.
I think this book should be required reading for every high school senior! If you allow the book's message to sink in, you can't help but ask yourself the question Victor asks. Grab this book today and let it change your life!
**I received this book free in exchange for an honest review**.
Saad's chronicle of his year spent putting himself through an "alternate education" is inspiring not just because of what he did, but how he processed each part of the project. I love how he was able to capture the theme of what he learned each month and then shared stories of other people's leaps that echo the month's theme.
He shares his successes (more than one job offer from firms that he clearly admires) and his failures. And while one could envy him the opportunities he took/made for himself to travel and experience some pretty cool work going on, what I envy most is his ability to approach each situation with open hands. My biggest take away from The Leap Year Project has been the desire to put myself out there to other people with the question, "How can I help?"
I will be recommending this book to all the young people and teens I know (actually, I'll just simply recommend it to anyone) for the example Saad is of the attitude one should have toward work, life and purpose. If you're going to take an unconventional approach to education, having the warm-heartedness and indefatigability Saad shows in this book will make all the difference.
(I received a free review copy of this book).
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