- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Lifesmart Publishing (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983252602
- ISBN-13: 978-0983252603
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead
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About the Author
Dennis Trittin is a successful investment manager, educator, and mentor committed to helping young people reach their full potential. He holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, and a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. During his twenty-seven-year career at Russell Investments, He served as director of Research, director of Investment Strategy, and Senior Portfolio Manager, and helped grow the firm's assets from $1 billion to $220 billion through his role in portfolio management and sales and service support. In 2008, he retired to devote his life to charitable causes, including teaching financial literacy and life skills and serving on a private school board. He spends his spare time on the golf course, enjoying friends, following the markets, writing, and traveling.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Dennis Trittin was going through the logistics of setting his son up for college, he realized how many things his son would need to know - things he hadn't told him. In a little bit of a panic, he made a long list of the practical tips and wisdom he felt his son needed at this stage. Ultimately, this list became the basis for this book..
Much of the advice and principles he explains are about pursuing a meaningful life:
- Discover your purpose and inspiration
- Direct your life towards towards others
- Live a life with few regrets
- Don't allow work to consume your life
- Take risks
The book also contains wisdom related to character, relationships, adversity, spirituality, academics, careers, family and finances. These are the admonitions of someone who has been there and learned what matters the hard way. As a financial analyst, he enjoyed a highly successful 28-year career, after which he founded LifeSmart Publishing to help young people become successful adults.
To help young people apply the principles explained in the book, Trittin and his colleague, Arlyn Lawrence, created a substantial Student Guide workbook with the same title.
In addition, the two have authored Parenting for the Launch (2013), a book for parents of teens to help them guide the young adult who is focused on the next step.
In short, what we have here is a system of resources that can help a family bridge the gap between high school and the next step. In my experience, few parents have the confidence to discuss all the essential topics, and so the wisdom is never passed on. If you have a child who is a junior or senior in high school and you're interested in doing more than "hoping for the best," I recommend that you consider these resources.
This is the kind of book you’ll want to give as a gift to high school students and graduates alike because it’s filled with a powerful combination of principles and practical applications. There’s excellent advice on choosing a satisfying career, whether it’s right out of high school or after a two- or four-year degree. Dennis includes specific steps and tips for college students on their own for the first time, such as developing positive study habits and preparing for tests and exams. And there’s not a job-seeker in the world who couldn’t benefit from Dennis’ advice on setting yourself apart during an interview and establishing yourself as a star employee who gets rave performance reviews.
Dennis understands his audience, recognizing the need for short activities. He’s built in “Take Five” exercises, which help readers reflect on how they can apply the key points at the at the end of each section. And throughout, he makes the concepts both memorable and useful through personal stories. This is a book that can positively impact young people’s lives…for the rest of their lives.
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