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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
"All young people need to get inspired, explore, learn, and live with purpose. Ryan Porter champions this message with heart and humor. " - Josh Shipp
"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
About the Author
At age 21, Ryan Porter dropped out of college to try to answer the question "what do I want to be when I grow up?". The quest for an answer brought him to Japan, Slovakia, Honduras, Austria, Nicaragua, Guatemala, the Czech Republic and more. He quickly discovered that there's more than one question to ask as we make decisions about our future and that there are a bunch of answers. His philosophy is: Young people don't need to have all of the answers by the time they graduate high school, or college for that matter. They need to be encouraged to explore the possibilities and get excited about something... anything. He is CEO and Co-founder of www.raiseyourflag.com and highly sought after speaker for youth and educators.
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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?
Or if someone who really wanted to be an NBA player, and they train rigorously hard, find mentors, watches highlights of themselves and studies the best players, and does EVERYTHING... but still... that guy can be too short, not fast enough (as the elite players), or still be behind because of whatever features they were born with. Risking everything... to pursue an NBA career, can be scary.
Actually, as I'm writing this, I realize that I am being extremely cynical and negative... something that my mind should have changed after reading, but I hope you understand my point.
2) Ryan's Own Experiences
I was actually extremely curious about how Ryan got to where he was. Even though the book was great already, I think it would have been even better if Ryan narrated his life building his youth speaking business (Which is extremely hard if you don't know much about the space). What did he do to "make it"? He mentioned about this briefly throughout the book but I thought it would be cool if we saw a realistic, step by step, on how Ryan used his own advice to be successful.
For example (totally made up),
At 22, I went to Japan and had an unexpected life changing experience
At 23, I had to understand what did I want and the baby steps on how I'm going to get there.
At 24, I reached out to different mentors,. I started to obsess over the best speakers... X, Y, & Z. I practiced rigorously and failed miserably at my first 20 schools but then had this break through moment.
At 25, I gained momentum, I discovered more about myself and what I wanted.
Something like that! I'm sure Ryan probably thought about doing this and there was a good reason why he didn't do it, but I personally would have enjoyed reading it (not because I want to be a youth speaker myself... or maybe I do hehe)
Regardless, this will be the go-to book I recommend for anyone going through the question, "What are you going to do with your life?" Hilarious, Motivating, and Helpful.
Also, reach out to Ryan! He personally responds to your emails (which is awesome!) and has already helped me out even before I had purchased the book! Friendly, humble, and awesome guy.
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
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