What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

This is a Definite Summer Reading Book...
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Tina Seelig...and then a fall reading book, a winter reading book and a springtime reading book. Basically - read this book and then read it again. And a few months later - read it again.

  • The first reading it to get the big picture of just how wonderful is this book of delightful and "fabulous" advice. Try to read it in 2 or 3 sittings. You can do that.
  • The second reading is to go through it more slowly, mining its gems, enjoying its insights and coming up with your own Best-Take-Away-Ideas to Immediately-Begin-Putting-Them-Into-Practice!
  • The third reading is a few months later to hold yourself accountable about those best take away ideas and how well you have been putting them into practice.

You could apply to Stanford and sit in some classes that Tina Seelig facilitates. I assume most of my readers - that is not a likely option. Even if it was - it is going to cost you gobs of money. Therefore, do the next best thing. Spend about $20.00 and get this book. Use each chapter as if you are in a personal mentoring session with Coach Seelig. These are some of the best things she would pass on to you. Of course, she would tailor each conversation to your own personal situation and need. That is what you will have to do with her guidance.

That is what she wants you to do with this book. Be creative. Be courageous. Be daring. Be elegant. Be inspired. Be hopeful. Be excited. 

Go outside your comfort zone... outside the standard boxy way of thinking so many of us have... beyond the limits you and others set and which keep you hemmed in... beyond the "do the minimum needed to get by" approach to life.

Think like an entrepreneur about your self, your life, your work, your vocation, your future, your passion, and the world around you. Tina Seelig maps out the best mindsets and practices to help you do this. It is not Rocket Science. But that does not mean it is easy. Tina makes the way ahead very clear and accessible. Now, all that is needed is a highly intentional willingness to engage with her best ideas and some strategic application of those ideas.

Well...you also need a mindset that is NOT AFRAID of failing.  Because you will fail as you move into the experiments Tina recommends for you. That's OKAY! You will learn and grow and that is part of the journey.

I have about 50 best ideas and practices identified from this book. I am journaling about those items...expect to see future posts (and soon) on many of them. My plan is to take one a week and be rigorous about implementing it in my life.

Here is one of those ideas with my first application. Tina Seelig recommends the practice of gratitude and in one particular application - say Thank-You to others. We owe so much to others. So tell them - Thank-You.

So here is my first thank-you.
Thank-you Tina Seelig for this wonderful little book.
I am buying several copies to give to my core team and some close friends. I want them to benefit from your experience and insight too.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International