Let’s face it. Quarterlifers, people in their teens, 20s and early
30s, are overwhelmed! I know, because I’m one of them. Once we leave
the protection of home and school, we are suddenly faced with many
questions: “What should I do for a living?” “Where can I find Mr. or
Ms. Right?” “What is my purpose?” “Who am I?” “How can I make
money?” and “What is the meaning of life?” We turn these questions
over and over in our heads as we venture into the real world for the
It’s not only the questions that are difficult. It’s also the
sheer number of them. Think about it. You’re looking for the
perfect career, making new friends, choosing a place to live,
searching for the right partner, contemplating a family,
exploring your spirituality, questioning the meaning of it all,
and wondering if you can even survive. Wow! The irony is that we
all go through this, yet few of us talk about it openly.
few years ago, at 20, I remember tossing and turning in bed at night
with thoughts running through my head. I wondered why I seemed to be
the only one who didn’t have it all figured out. I couldn’t
understand how friends could already be getting married, committing
to mortgages, and having children. I wanted to know why I was here
on earth, and if my life mattered.
same frustration, confusion, and uncertainty that led a classmate of
mine to commit suicide by throwing his body off the lip of the Grand
Canyon. Depressed and frustrated, he chose to end his life rather
than carry on. In fact, did you know that our generation has the
highest rate of suicide attempts? Recent studies linking depression
to suicide found that depression has doubled among 20-year-olds over
the past 13 years. When asked why, the director of one study said,
“Times are more stressful, students are
faced with more pressure, more decisions, and more competition.
There is more demand put on young adults today.”
Unfortunately, not only do quarterlifers have the highest rate
of suicide attempts, we also top the charts in divorce, drug
use, and alcohol abuse. Not to mention that from the time we
graduate from college until we reach our mid-30s we seek a new
job every year and a half, often in fields completely unrelated
to what we spent years and tens of thousands of dollars
Fortunately, my life changed the day I discovered that there are
tools and techniques for navigating the real world.
age of 24, I graduated from chiropractic college, moved to a new
town, and opened an office. For the next six months I worked to
build my practice, meet new people, learn how to run a business,
find social involvements, stay in shape, and get to know my new
town. I continuously felt stressed and full of anxiety. If you’ve
ever had to give a public speech, do you remember that uneasy
feeling of butterflies you experienced? I had that feeling 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week.
that pain, along with the suffering I saw in my friends, which led
me to pick up the telephone and call successful chiropractors and
businesspeople. I began asking them what they had done when they
opened their doors, and to my surprise they told me! Taking their
advice, I made changes in my office and immediately began to notice
positive results. Patients started signing up for care and referring
family members to the office. Soon I was calling other individuals I
admired and asking them questions about finances, relationships,
spirituality, and personal growth. I took their suggestions,
integrated them into my life, and experienced even more significant
started out as my personal questioning process eventually grew into
hosting both a talk radio program and a talk television show. Now,
each week, I interview the world’s leading experts on the topics of
personal potential, business, politics, wellness, spirituality,
relationships, finance, and career. These in-depth conversations
with the greatest thinkers of our time have completely transformed
for a moment how your life would change if you had access to what
the most successful people in the world know today that they wish
they had known when they were just starting out in the real world.
It would make your life easier...right? It would take some of
the sting off of your quarterlife crisis.
That was my goal when I sat down and wrote the book
Quarterlife Solutions for Teens and Twentysomethings. I
wanted to share with you what others have generously shared
took me five years or writing and re-writing to complete the
book...but I would do it all over again.
following the advice in the book, today I’m a blessed man. I own a
successful chiropractic office and have started two additional
businesses, my relationships with friends and family continue to
deepen, I’m in the best shape of my adult life, I’ve finished a
book, I’m growing spiritually, and I have the genuine feeling that
my life matters—I’m here for a reason.
have it all figured out? No way! But my life is 100 percent better
because I don’t have the frustration, confusion, and uncertainty
that I once did.
you were able to shed your frustration, confusion, and uncertainty?
How valuable would that be in your life?
Quarterlife Solutions has to offer you is a unique perspective.
Not only have I brought together solutions from the experts, I’ve
also interviewed over 400 of our peers. Each chapter contains the
real life experiences, insights, and questions that other
quarterlifers have shared with me.
Let me tell you a little secret. Our generation knows far more
than we give ourselves credit for knowing. When I asked people
17 to 35 years old to address the hardest questions that we face
and heard their answers, I was amazed! In many ways their
insights have had the greatest impact on my life. Here’s why.
Most of the experts I interview are in their late 40s, 50s, 60s,
and even 70s. While you can’t put a price tag on their advice
and wisdom, they grew up in a different era than ours and can’t
necessarily relate to the problems, concerns, and obstacles of
Think in your own life about how easy it is to forget a problem once
you’ve found a solution. Do you remember how much you agonized over
which computer to buy? Once you bought, it all of your concerns
became a distant memory as you moved onto the next problem. Now
imagine how little of a problem you would remember if it occurred
over 20 years ago. When I hit upon this understanding, I knew I had
to focus Quarterlife Solutions around our generation and
that’s exactly what I did.
chapter is one of the major questions that we face as quarterlifers.
There are 30 questions in total. While the book is designed to be
read from beginning to end, you may find it best to go directly to
the question you are dealing with right now. Within each chapter are
the gems of advice that have been shared with me, along with my
personal experiences and interesting stories taken right out of the
headlines. At the end of the chapter is an opportunity section
containing a tip, tool, or technique you can begin applying today to
bring solutions to the very question being addressed. None of the
chapters tell you what you have to do. Instead they provide you with
the tools and information you can use to make the change for
yourself. As one reader told me, “A lot of books we read today tell
us what we should do. Your book helps individuals figure it out on
their own. You present ideas in a way that hits home and keeps
people reading!” Regardless of whether you read from front to back
or pick and choose among the chapters, I promise that you will find
book change your life for the better as much as the writing of it
has changed mine. This truly is the book that I wish I’d had when I
was entering the real world. I look forward to the day when we meet
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PPS: I made the book
very visual, interactive, and engaging. Not only are the chapters
the major concerns of our generation, I have also included profiles
of nearly 100 quarterlifers within the book. Check out some of the
pages from the book below.
Here are two pages from the chapter, "How Can I Overcome
This Empty Pit Feeling Inside?"
Here is a page from the chapter, "When Should I Have
Here are two pages from the chapter, "How Can I Make My
PPPS: Here is the Table of
Contents from Upload Experience: Quarterlife Solutions for Teens
and Twentysomethings. Each chapter is one of the 30 primary
questions faced by our generation.
What Is the Real World?
2. Does Becoming a
Responsible Adult Mean That Life Becomes
Boring and Monotonous?
3. What Is My Purpose?
4. Is a Life of Purpose
5. What Is the Meaning
6. Is Life Fair?
7. Who Am I?
8. How Can I Overcome
This Empty Pit Feeling Inside?
9. How Do I Make These Major Life Decisions?
10. Does Anyone Have It
All Figured Out?
11. What Can I Do About
All This Stress?
12. How Can I Overcome
This Feeling of Being Stuck?
13. How Can I Quit
14. How Can I Stay
15. How Can I Overcome My
Fear of Failure?
16. Where Can I Find Mr.
or Ms. Right?
17. Am I with the Right
18. When Should I Marry?
19. What Is the Key to a
20. When Is it Time to End
21. When Should I Have
22. What Should I Do for a
23. Can I Be in a
Relationship and Still Be Successful?
24. Should I Go for the
Big Bucks or Pursue What I Truly Want to Do?
25. How Can I Make Money?
26. Where Should I Invest
27. Should I Travel and
Explore Before Settling Down?
28. Where Should I Live?
29. What Is My Spiritual
30. How Can I Make My Mark
in the World?
PPPPS: The cost of the book is $19.95.
The book will be sent to you directly from the publisher.
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