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20 Something Manifesto: Quarter-Lifers Speak Out About Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Get It

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If you’re in your twenties, you’re likely feeling the combination of the excitement of this defining decade and the pressure to figure out your entire life. The thrill of newfound independence and opportunity can be quickly squelched by worry, disillusionment, or disappointment. Like thousands of other twenty somethings, you may have experienced what life coach and quarter-life expert Christine Hassler calls an “Expectation Hangover.” This manifesto explores the all-important ...

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If you’re in your twenties, you’re likely feeling the combination of the excitement of this defining decade and the pressure to figure out your entire life. The thrill of newfound independence and opportunity can be quickly squelched by worry, disillusionment, or disappointment. Like thousands of other twenty somethings, you may have experienced what life coach and quarter-life expert Christine Hassler calls an “Expectation Hangover.” This manifesto explores the all-important questions and life choices of these turbulent yet exciting years.

Twenty somethings may commiserate about the challenges they face, but few resources offer practical lessons or suggestions. In these pages, quarter-life men and women tell their stories, sharing their successes and failures, along with their frustrations and realizations. The author’s insightful commentary and “take away” suggestions provide the tools and skills you need to create change and direction in your life. You’ll recognize and articulate your personal goals, paving the way to what you truly want.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In 20 Something Manifesto, Christine Hassler teaches the class you wish had been offered in school - Life 101! This book is packed with real-world tools twenty somethings can use to create a successful life on their own terms."
Greg Behrendt, coauthor of He's Just Not That into You and It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken

"Christine Hassler demonstrates a true gift - the ability to inspire twenty somethings to take stock of where they are and take the steps to become the people they want to be."
Alexandra Levit, author of They Don't Teach Corporate in College

"A great read for twenty somethings seeking honest answers to life's challenging questions....I strongly recommend this book."
Jason Ryan Dorsey, Gen Y consultant and author of My Reality Check Bounced!

"Important information in an easy-to-digest format... highly recommended."
Library Journal - Starred Review

Library Journal
In this must-read for anyone in their twenties, Hassler explores the nebulous terrain of young adulthood, especially as one graduates from college and begins to navigate the "real world." Offering insight into love, relationships, friendships, and careers, Hassler hopes to empower her readers to make the life they really want. (LJ 2/15/08)
School Library Journal

Life coach, speaker, and author Hassler (20 Something, 20 Everything: A Quarter-Life Woman's Guide to Balance and Direction) has written this guidebook to help twentysomethings and their parents know they're not alone. She covers such territory as "expectation hangoversaao" (i.e., when life does not turn out as expected) as well as features personal stories by various twentysomething contributors, grouping the entries into common problem areas and including expert advice and insights for dealing with these issues. Important information in an easy-to-digest format that targets an underserved (in the library world) population; highly recommended for public and academic libraries.

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577315957
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 215,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exercises     xiii
Preface     xv
Introduction     xix
Twenty Something is Twenty Everything     2
Your Twenty-Something Journey     3
"Confusion and Anxiousness"   Kaitlin     4
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road"   Jennifer     9
"The Blessed Miserable Generation"   Julie     15
"Where's My Corner Office?"   Patrick     20
"Bubble of Invincibility"   Diane     22
"Cruise Control"   Paul     25
"Complacency"   Luke     28
Expectation Hangovers     31
"Compare, Regret, and Panic!"   Erin     40
"Detour"   Lisa     44
"Recovering from a Hangover"   Aurora     50
"Getting More Than I Gave"   Lauren     53
Who Am I?: The Self-Awareness Continuum     58
Basic Self-Awareness     63
"Stranger in the Mirror"   Phil     66
"My Love/Hate Relationship with Me"   Kimberly     70
Investigative Self-Awareness     73
"My Grown-Up Life"   Noelle     79
"Headiness"   Alexandra     84
"At Trust's Doorstep"   Gretchen     86
Integrated Self-Awareness     89
"My Job Is Not My Identity"   Liz     93
"Seeing My Mom and Dad for Who They Are"   Victoria     97
"My Spiritual Growth"   Elissa     100
Navigating the Twenties Triangle     106
What Do I Want?     107
"Confessions of a Straight-A Slacker"   Caitlin     111
"Sweet Uncertainty"   Ann     117
"Job Jumper"   Steve     123
"Musings on Not Being a Pediatrician"   Kristin     126
"Choosing My Own Adventure"   Lindsey     130
"They Don't Teach Self-Discovery in College"   Natalie     133
How Do I Get What I Want?     139
"Listening to Myself"   Jess     142
"The Self-Sufficiency Standard"   Lucy     148
"Stuck in Quicksand"   R.J.     150
The Twenty-Something Puzzle     156
Friends and Family: Your Network     159
"Ruined by a Roommate"   Amanda     164
"Superfriend"   Kelly      167
"Friend Me"   Justin     170
"Thousand-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle"   Jessica     173
"Sometimes It Just Doesn't Make Any Sense"   Anne     178
Love     183
"Falling in Love with Me"   Eileen     186
"Let's Not Just Be Friends"   Eddie     192
"Dive In"   Jeff     195
"Always the Bridesmaid"   Chrissy     200
"Cautious Courage"   Jen     207
"Putting Me Back Together"   Sarah     209
"Whatever Happens, I'll Be Okay"   Tabatha     214
"He Said: We Don't Have to Fight or Flight"   Tim     218
"She Said: I Was Taking Love for Granted"   Michelle     219
"My Happy Ending"   Jonathan     228
Work and Career     231
"I Hated My Job"   Justin     237
"Paying My Dues"   Jeannette     244
"Solid Ground"   Jon     248
"I Love What I Do, but I Can't Pay My Bills"   Christina     258
Surviving and Thriving     270
Tough Stuff     271
"I Don't Get It!"    Giscelle     273
"My Soap-Opera Life as a Second Wife"   Angela     278
"My Lesson, in the Form of a Hurricane"   Brianne     280
"Honoring a Vow to Myself"   Josie     284
"Deportation to Restoration"   Jacqueline     286
Body, Mind, and Money     291
"My Body Image Crisis"   Ashley     295
"Numbing the Pain"   Kurt     298
"From Euphoria to the Psych Ward"   Carla     301
"Charge It"   Aaron     308
Shift Happens     315
"Divorce - Take Two"   Heather     316
"This Too Shall Pass"   Jenna     323
"Everything Happens for a Reason"   Kim     324
"I've Done More Than Survive - I've Started to Thrive"   Denelle     326
"Dance Naked"   Tamara     330
Afterword: Share Your Twenty-Something Story     333
Acknowledgments     335
List of Contributors     337
Index     341
About the Author     353
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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    I prefer her other book.

    The book is not bad but I prefer her other book 20 Something 20 Everything much better.

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