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Make Your Own Lunch: How to Live an Epically Epic Life through Work, Travel, Wonder, and (Maybe) College Paperback – May 6, 2014
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"All young people need to get inspired, explore, learn, and live with purpose. Ryan Porter champions this message with heart and humor. " -
""In Make Your Own Lunch, Porter distinctly reminds readers that their future is their own...His advice sums up to the idea of following your dreams and apologizing to close ones for hurting them, but not for living your life and going after the things you desire most."" - Standard-Examiner
""Porter assures students that they can decide what they want their future to look like and that it doesn't have to be limited to one thing... High school students could benefit from hearing that it's okay to stop doing something they aren't passionate about." " - Publishers Weekly
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The theme of this book is all about.. decision and the picture is painted beautifully for the reader. We go on an adventure through Ryan's life experiences and other case studies of people who have made their own lunch and how successful they have become.
We dig deep into the turning points of their lives and why they decided (see the common theme here?) to do what they really want to do. It was not only inspirational, the book makes YOU, the reader, reflect on your life, understand where you want to go, and take action. It was also freaking hilarious, I had legit second hand embarrassment for Ryan in many of the stories he has shared (no offense Ryan!)
Two things that might have made the book better (in my opinion):
1) Touch more upon Failure
Although the book is supposed to be motivational and optimistic, some might cut through it and say... not "everyone" can achieve their dreams. There are actually, many failures of people who really really really really really (did I mention really?) wanted their goal... They have done everything and put their heart and soul into it... but they didn't "make it."
Working hard is one thing, actually being talented is another. For example, what if an art student is super super super passionate about art.... yet sucks. Really bad. That art student can follow the advice from the book to find mentors, obsess over past artists, take the best classes to improve, but what happens when you can't make art your full time living?Read more ›
Ryan talks about how, like most young adults, he didn't have and exact answer to the questions adults were asking him. His next step wasn't set in stone and he didn't want to decide his entire life at 18. What he did instead was decide to make his own decisions, he decided his life would be nothing less than epic and he decided to find his options!
This book should be a required reading in school, so that young adults can know that there are options. And when I say options I'm not talking about the ones that your parents tell you that you have. I am talking about the world that we live in and its endless possibilities for creation, exploration , growth etc.
"Your life doesn't have to be some watered-down version - compromised version- of the things you want"
Ryan is funny, friendly, crazy, cool, and much more. He talks about his stories, adventures, experiences while growing . He set his book up so that you cant help but to continue turning the pages, you will be disgusted, you will feel sad, and you will be on a train with strangers smiling/laughing at a book (or maybe that's just me).
Read the book and enjoy it!
P.S. He responds to tweets, tweet him @lunch_buddy
Check out more of my reviews twitter @georgiebehumble
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you so much Ryan Porter! This book will awaken your soul and potential. He really motivated me to jumpstart my acting career and I'm seeing the success to this day.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an absolutely fantastic book! I have read it twice now and am considering reading it for a third time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bgh
Speechless! Gave me the "push" to travel to Italy for a whole semester! Arrivederchi!!Published 19 months ago by Dinorah
To me, this book helped me to get through from my lowest moments. I love it so much I am planning to buy more books as gifts for my friendsPublished 19 months ago by Michelle