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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


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

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Work Ethic/Motivation

2/19/2018 12:03:13 PM

Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Winston Churchill The harder I work, the luckier I get. ~Samuel Goldwyn   It’s supposed to go like this: We convince the employer we’re the best person for the job. The employer agrees and offers it to us, complete with a compensation package. We accept the offer and celebrate, recognizing they could have easily offered the position to someone else. In return for the paycheck, we work our tails off, do --- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Dependability

2/12/2018 7:46:08 PM

I learned that, “Mike, you get your first job on your ability and every job after that  on your dependability.” ~Mike Royer   If your actions don’t live up to your words, you have nothing to say. ~Da Shanne Stokes   “You can count on me.” Hearing these words is every supervisor’s dream! Just as every parent loathes having to give reminders to their kids to do their chores or homework, bosses are in the same boat with their employees when --- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Commitment to Excellence

2/5/2018 6:15:03 PM

Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. ~Ted Key   I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ~Helen Keller   “A job well done.” Few words are more gratifying to hear from our supervisors or clients than these. We should all feel proud when we deliver excellence, even when it isn’t always recognized!   But, let’--- Read More

Qualities of Workplace Superstars: Integrity

1/29/2018 6:35:49 PM

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values  rather than personal gain. ~Chris Karcher   Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~Thomas Paine   Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot  to the town gossip. ~Will Rogers   In any list of most desirable workplace qualities, you’d be hard pressed not to find the word “integrity.” In fact, I would argue it’s probably number one. During m--- Read More

Ten Qualities of Workplace (and Life) Superstars

1/22/2018 4:20:35 PM

  Character is higher than intellect. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   In my experience, one of the greatest myths that young people believe is that success is all about smarts. While intelligence certainly helps, it is by no means a lock. In fact, many smart people will argue that character and relational skills are just as important. To that end, I’d like to share a fitting personal story with you.   A few years ago during my book launch tour through Indonesia, I gave a talk, --- Read More

Unintended Consequences of Parenting Styles

1/15/2018 10:33:17 PM

  The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. ~Denis Waitley   Parents: I think all of us can agree that we want to see our children happy, admirable, and successful.  But, how we help them achieve this is all over the map, isn’t it? When I grew up, authoritarian parenting was the norm. Those were the days of “Because I said so,” and non-negotiable chores. Teens were expected to leave home after --- Read More

Want to Change the World? You Don't Have to Wait.

1/8/2018 1:13:09 PM

I don’t know about you, but the times in my life when I experience pure joy are when I do something that has a lasting impact on others. I mean, is there anything better than knowing you’ve made a positive difference in the world! Deep down, we all dream about being earth shakers.   Unfortunately, many people wait until their later years (if at all) to serve others and truly impact their community. History is filled with hermits who leave large nest eggs after they die, never --- Read More

4 Ways to Help Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

1/2/2018 6:29:25 PM

Wow. . . 2017 was certainly a year for the books. I am sure there were high highs and low lows for all of us. But with palpable political tension, great tragedies such as the multiple mass shootings that occurred, and natural disasters that ravaged (and are still ravaging) our country and our world, I think we’re all ready to take a deep breath and face 2018 with a fresh hope. I am certainly anticipating a year of positive growth, and hope we can all take what we’ve learned this year--- Read More

The Greatest Gift I've Ever Given...

12/19/2017 2:30:43 AM

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? How about the best gift you’ve ever given? Can you come up with your top three? What’s the common denominator between them all? What makes the gifts so special? More often than not, when I ask people these questions, they usually respond with gifts that: were not expected were ones they (or the other person) really needed showed how much one person knew or understood the other were not necessarily things, but experiences--- Read More

How to Handle Transitions with Confidence

12/11/2017 1:24:19 PM

What do entering kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and your first career have in common? The answer is transitions. BIG transitions. In these cases, they’re based on stages of life, while other biggies include moves, job changes, a new marital/relationship status, and having kids.   As I look back on my life and reflect on my conversations with today’s students and young adults, I’m reminded of how difficult these transitions can be. Y--- Read More

Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Kids and Teens

12/4/2017 12:38:17 PM

We’ve arrived the holiday season and the hustle and bustle abounds. There’s a holiday activity to attend at every turn—tree lightings, festivals, family parties, cookie exchanges, Christmas pageants, church services, and much, much more. For a family with kids—especially ones in early teen to older teen age range—it can be hard to find activities that “fit” their current interests.   It’s not too uncommon for teenagers sense the independence--- Read More
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