Parenting for the Launch What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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How Do You Define Success?

4/14/2014 6:44:09 AM

When you think of success, what comes to mind? Wealth, power, popularity, and possessions? Today’s culture puts a strong emphasis on these things and usually equates success with being rich. However, no amount of money will make you truly successful.             What is true success?              There’s a lot of pressure to be successful these days. Many define their self wort--- Read More
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Financial Literacy: Keep It Simple!

4/6/2014 1:39:13 AM

  As a nation, we have been witnessing a tragedy of epic proportions. Debt, deficit spending, and credit card use have taken control of the lives of millions. The result has been skyrocketing bankruptcies and enormous stress on individuals and their families. How can we avoid this situation? One way is to AVOID the credit card trap altogether!                 I grew up in a family with a very modest income. However, we we--- Read More
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5 Tips for Getting SMART about Retirement

3/27/2014 11:07:10 PM

When you envision retirement, you probably don’t see yourself depending entirely on Social Security as your main source of income. Unfortunately, many people do, and are alarmed at how little money they have to live on in their golden years. Consequently, many seniors are heading back to work for some “financial supplements,” which is also affecting job opportunities for younger people.   It’s time to get SMART about retirement—and here’s a catchy acron--- Read More
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3 Ground Rules for Playing the Dating Game

3/23/2014 10:12:31 PM

Why does “The Bachelor” have such a rabid following? It’s beyond me, but it sure appeals to lots of people! Maybe it’s because people know the drama of trying to find that “special someone,” and watching someone else go through it has a kind of vicarious romantic appeal (without the heartache, of course!). Whatever the reason, it’s a big hit.   Dating can be the best of worlds and the worst of worlds, particularly for young adults. There are so m--- Read More
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8 Ways to Find Your Purpose

3/16/2014 3:02:01 PM

  “Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” Washington Irving               What in the world are you doing here?  Ever asked yourself that question?             Your life purpose is an incredibly powerful force that will direct your life and determine the legacy you will leave behind you. Find a successful person who is content and fulfilled, and--- Read More
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8 Ways to Find Your Purpose

3/11/2014 2:12:00 PM

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” Washington Irving               What in the world are you doing here?  Ever asked yourself that question?               Your life purpose is an incredibly powerful force that will direct your life and determine the legacy you will leave behind you. Find a successful person who is content and fulfilled, and you&--- Read More
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Everyone Needs Something to Live For

3/4/2014 1:26:54 AM

  “Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” Washington Irving   Your life purpose is an incredibly powerful force that will direct your life and determine your legacy. Find a successful person who is content and fulfilled, and you’ll likely find a life guided by an inspired purpose or mission, and a person who has applied his or her unique talents to a worthy cause.   In fact, without a strong sense of life purpose, even the most successful accompli--- Read More
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Parenting for Productivity

3/3/2014 12:28:51 AM

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in my chance encounters with people. It goes something like this:             Me: “It’s great to see you! How’ve you been?”             Them: “Busy!” Or,             Them: “Crazy busy!” Or,          &nb--- Read More
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What's on Your To-Do List?

2/22/2014 7:23:40 PM

Sometimes I wonder how we all survived before sticky notes. They sure come in handy for jotting down my daily reminders and holding myself accountable!   The discipline of writing out a daily prioritized task list (organized by importance and urgency) is a hallmark of a productive person. I begin each day with a to-do list, and it certainly has made me more focused and effective. (And, yes, when unexpected items arise, I add them to the list and cross them out after completion. There’--- Read More
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Take the Integrity Challenge!

2/16/2014 5:10:05 PM

Words have incredible power. They can be uplifting or destructive. They can be true or false. They can stay with the person to whom you communicated, or go in a million different directions outside of your control. This is especially true if you express them in an email, Facebook®, Twitter®, or text—so watch out!   These days, this is an increasing problem in our schools. We often hear educators expressing their concern about the lack of respect emanating from students, toward--- Read More
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8 Ways to Communicate You Care

2/9/2014 8:18:52 PM

Valentine’s season reminds us of the value of relationships—and not just romantic ones.  Not only do sweethearts profess their admiration and affection for each other, but so do parents to their children, children to their teachers, friends to friends, and so on. In a rare creative moment, I once wrote a love letter using strategically placed candy hearts to share my thoughts. Bingo!    At the same time, Valentine’s Day can expose our vulnerability to these confl--- Read More
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