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in the 80's, I grew up living the childhood the author describes. AP classes, SAT prep courses, every possible club that would pad my college application. Going to bed at 11 p.m. and waking up at 4 a.m. to be a student body officer, cheerleader, etc. - all in rural Idaho, where you would think a race to nowhere wouldn't prevail. It all shattered when my father was paralyzed from the neck down just prior to the spring break of my freshman year at Cal Berkeley (my parents had refused to pay for an Ivy League schooll). I've been on a journey to find more purpose ever since. Even at age 46, I still struggle with letting go of performance as an identity formed at childhood is difficult to conquer. Accolades to the author as I appreciate knowing I'm not alone in no longer buying into America's narrow vision of success. I transferred to University of Idaho for my Junior year (resulting in no Cal diploma) and while I later obtained a law degree from the U of U, I chose not to practice law as I didn't find fulfillment through traditional practice. I now have my own business development/ coaching firm, with a focus on purpose. I found a private school in Boise, Idaho for my children that supports the whoke child development the author speaks of. I absolutely love my life and do not regret the more purposeful, but seemingly risky, choices I made.
I loved this book and recommend it to all parents! Do your kids a favor and read it.