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Title: You Don't Have To Learn The Hard Way
Author: J.R. Parrish
Publisher: Benbella Books
Genre: NonFiction(motivational & inspirational_
On Sale:May, 2009
Full of practical advice for recent grads, such as how to nail that first big job interview, avoid dangerous relationship mistakes, and manage one's finances, this valuable guide synthesizes a life's worth of wisdom into one engaging volume.
You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way by J.R. Parrish is a well organized guide to help find and achieve success in your life. I received this book from FSB Associates for review whilst in the midst of a large project at work. Initially I set the book aside, needing a diversion from the serious reading my work project demanded; however, after finishing this book, I realize I could have benefited from it immediately and possibly had less frustration with the entire project process. The book is divided into 6 sections, each building on the next but also focusing on a particular aspect of life:
- Human Relations
- Making Your Dreams Come True
- Dating, Marriage & Parenting
- Career & Finance
- Love & Truth
The author begins each section with a personal story and relates the mistakes he made, the lessons he learned to the advice he gives. I found each of the sections relevant and credible with the exception of the section on dating, marriage & parenting; with three marriages and little evidence of being an active and involved parent I had a hard time believing the author has any authority in this area of life.
Although aimed at recent graduates I would argue that certain sections would be of benefit to anyone including younger high school students, anyone embarking on a new path, most working adults, and certainly anyone unhappy with how their professional and personal lives are heading.