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Victor Saad is an ordinary guy who took an extraordinary leap - quitting his job to create his own Master's program through 12 experiences in 12 months that, together, proved to be the most challenging, enlightening, and transformational year of his life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published; 1 edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989223027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989223027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This may look like just another pretty coffee table book, but--although you can judge the chic style of the book by its cover--don't underestimate the power of its content. Saad will pack you in his backpack and take you on a journey through hope and trials and risks and growth as he travels around the world re-imagining higher education and learning about social enterprise. Then he'll leave you standing at wide open road of possibilities and challenge you to take the next step (or "leap," I suppose) on your own journey. Whether you're in a transitional phase wondering where to go next, or stuck in a rut trying to get out, or just living life wanting to make the world a better place, pick up a copy of this book (and pick up another copy for anyone in your life that has ever been an inspiration to you). I was certainly surprised by how much this book got me thinking...
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The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn.

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.
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I read this book after listening to Mr. Saad on the Unmistakable Creative podcast. Let me set the record straight: If you're interested in the Leap Year Project and the idea of taking a year off for civil service, by all means, read this book and be inspired.

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.
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This is a book that emanates hope, compassion, and optimism through the experiences of Victor and the other Leapers. The gorgeous design of the Leap Year Project gives life to Victor's powerful words about his own journey of 12 apprenticeships in 12 months, as well as the stories of those in his community, people who took amazing leaps, both large and small. The storytelling is concise and riveting, leaving plenty of space to absorb the crisp, breathtaking images that really make the stories real.

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.
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When you make a purchase there's always the chance that you'll be disappointed. And with books the stakes are twice as high, because not only is there a risk that you'll forfeit the money you spent, but also the time it took to get to that point where you realized it wasn't worth it.

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.
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We all have that "thing in the back of our mind" - the thing we are putting off due to lack of time, money or level of effort. The thing that we know will sustain us, make us feel more whole, and connect us deeply to the world we desire to live in. We have all said "If i could, I would do x". This book puts that statement into perspective. It gives us real world examples of people who have had the courage to jump in and make their dreams a priority.

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.
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