Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matterby Hal Urban, TBA
Life's Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful book. In it, Hal Urban, a parent and an award-winning teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathered from a lifetime of teaching both children and adults, span a wide range of readily understood concepts, including attitudes about money,… See more details below
Life's Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful book. In it, Hal Urban, a parent and an award-winning teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathered from a lifetime of teaching both children and adults, span a wide range of readily understood concepts, including attitudes about money, understanding the real meaning of "success," and the importance of having fun. The book will help you find the best -- in the world, in others, and in yourself. Classic in its simplicity and enduring in its appeal, Life's Greatest Lessons helps us all rediscover that the desire to live a good life is timeless.
Ken Blanchard coauthor, The One Minute Manager and Whale Done! With its timeless message for people of all ages, this book is going to become a classic. It should be in every home in America.
Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People A tremendously enriching book full of classic wisdom to live by.
Mel Levine, M.D. author of A Mind at a Time This book can help all of us assemble our priorities.
Thomas Lickona author of Educating for Character A great book about character for kids, teachers, and parents!
Laurie Beth Jones author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Teach Your Team to Fish Hal Urban has put into bite-size pieces some of life's most important truths. Read, learn, and enjoy!
Pat Croce author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and 110% Life's Greatest Lessons helps to unlock your mind to a treasure chest of life's opportunities and possibilities.
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A Brief History of
Life's Greatest Lessons
This book was originally published in 1992 under the title 20 Things I Want My Kids to Know. As a father and a teacher, I was aiming my message at the young people who constantly surrounded me -- my three sons, who were then in their twenties and in the early career stage of life, the young adults I was teaching in a university, and my high-school students. I looked upon all of them as "my kids" and wanted to put into writing what I'd been trying to teach them for many years.
The book did surprisingly well for one written by a first-time, no-name author. It sold out of its first printing and developed quite a following through that phenomenon known as word of mouth. I was pleased that my message was reaching so many people and growing in popularity. Then the publisher let it go out of print.
Within a few months I began receiving letters and phone calls from people all over the country urging me to put the book back into print. I was particularly pleased that so many of them were leaders in the business community. They suggested that I remove "kids" from the title because they saw the book as a timeless message for people of all ages. So inspired, I republished the book on my own in 1997. I changed the title to Life's Greatest Lessons, rewrote the introduction, and made small changes throughout the text. I was surprised at what happened. More people than I could have ever imagined bought the book, read it, and then passed it on to their friends, family members, and colleagues. Many of them came back several times for additional copies. Then schools and other organizations began buying it in bulk, and special orders from bookstores started coming in. The word was out, and I was delighted to share my message with an increasing number of readers.
I updated the text and cover again in 2000. The growth in popularity of my little self-published book once again continued to surprise and gratify me. Letters, phone calls, and e-mails from students (fifth grade through college) and adults of all ages came in steadily. My simple, old-fashioned message about human goodness seemed to be touching people. At about the same time, the Character Education movement, which had begun in the early 1990s, was growing significantly, and I began receiving invitations to speak not only to teachers, parents, and students but also to businesses, service organizations, and churches. Good character -- and the book -- were making strong comebacks. As a result, my life began changing dramatically. It had become a daily challenge to balance my teaching, speaking, and book-selling obligations. At this time, all of the books were still being shipped out of our home. The garage served as a warehouse, and my office was the packing room.
The New Edition
In August of 2000, Life's Greatest Lessons won a national award for self-published books from Writer's Digest magazine. It was selected as Inspirational Book of the Year. That brought offers from book distributors, literary agents, wholesalers, and publishers. At the same time, an increasing number of my readers were urging me to give the book more exposure and wider distribution. Something had to change, but I wasn't sure which direction to move in. What I needed most was expert advice.
My prayers were answered when Joe Durepos came along. Joe's a literary agent in the Chicago area, and he was in the right place at the right time. Integrity is something that always shines through, and I knew immediately that I could trust Joe to lead me in the right direction. He did. He led me to Simon & Schuster, the people who published The Book of Virtues, The Road Less Traveled, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, among others. Simply put, I liked the people there, had faith in them, loved their enthusiasm for my message, and felt honored to become one of their authors.
A Special Wish
As I travel and speak throughout the United States and in other countries I find wholehearted agreement on one of my major points -- that good character is the bedrock of a good society. In reading this book, I hope you'll become part of the growing movement to return us to a society known for its civility, virtues, and old-fashioned goodness. May you become a powerful partner in passing on the great lessons of life.
Copyright © 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003 by Hal Urban
What People are saying about this
Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"A wise and wonderful book. It will enrich anyone who reads it."
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"With its timeless message for people of all ages, this book is going to become a classic. It should be in every home in America."
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Whale Done!
"This book can help all of us assemble our priorities."
- -Mel Levine, M.D., author of A Mind at a Time
"A great book about character for kids, teachers, and parents!"
Thomas Lickona, author of Educating for Character
"Hal Urban has put into bite-size pieces some of life's most important truths. Read, learn, and enjoy!"
Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Teach Your Team to Fish
"Life's Greatest Lessons helps to unlock your mind to a treasure chest of life's opportunities and possibilities."
Pat Croce, author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and 110%
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The most inspiring book I have ever read. This book changed my life,and it will for whoever reads it. Easy to read and easy to understand. 'Words can change lives',,,and this book will too.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Everyone should read it at least once.
I read the book lifes greatest lessons: 20 things i want my kids to know over christmas break and it was a book that had a great impact on me. This book teaches you 20 lessons that are key to succeeding in life. Each chapter has a specific topic, for example chapter 1: success is more than making money. For each topic, the author explains why he chose that specific subject and gives you some advice about that. What i liked about the book was how the author uses his personal experience in some situations and expresses his feelings to show the reader what it is like to be in that situation. Hal Urban also mentions quotes from other people and other books in each chapter which is confusing at first, but then you relate ceirtain quotes to the text and they make you understand better. Hal alsomentions that he did some reaserch on some advice he gave which makes it more accurate, believable and shows the reade that he has interest in his work. The book convays topics like success, choices in life, good habits, attitude, honesty and many other values that makes us good citizens. I loved this book; it changed the way i think because of its great messages and lessons that made an impact on me. Like Rabbi Harold Kushner said " a wise and wonderful book, will enrichen anyone who reads it." I recomend this book to anyone from all ages, because it doesnt matter how old you are, it has great lessons that teaches us about life. I especially recomend this title to poeple who are trying to live life as best as they can and to people who are striving in becoming a better peron for the people that surround them and for themselves. I highly recomend this book to couples who have children since the book will help them teach their children to grow up, suceed in life and become a great person. I learned alot from this novel, that i try to remember the lessons learned and apply them to my life. Most importantly the book tought me that life is not how it is, its how we make it.
This is a well written book of "common sense." You will have heard much of this information before but not shared in Hal Urban's down home style. Hal uses down to earth language and this book is very readable for all levels. This is a great book to give to a young person going into high school and getting ready to graduate from high school. Hal generously uses quality quotes from famous and not so famous people to demonstrate his points. I personally enjoyed and appreciated this element of his book. Read this book, discover and rediscover many pearls of wisdom from "Life's Greatest Lessons."
After reading what the author went through and finding the courage to stay positive really moved me. I was able to relate to what he went through.
At the same time this book is instructive, it is also practical and inspiring. The lessons, experiences and other comments are presented in such a manner that their meaning is unquestionable. Their importance is revealed in a very natural and understandable manner. Many times, knowing facts and having culture is not enough. Putting them into practice is all that should matter and where the real difference is. This attitude is responsible for the effective changes people may need or desire to add to their living. I do believe that those who are grown up, as well as the teenagers, should benefit substantially from reading this book.
This is a book that I am giving to each of my children to keep them on the right track in their life. Foundational principles presented in an easy to read and understand format.
Life's Greatest Lessons brings into focus all the simple truths which bring meaning, joy, and love into a hurried, chaotic world. It is an easy read filled with easy examples that most will find easy to relate to. The book brings to light the invaluable importance of our attitudes, establishing healthy habits, and embracing our responsibility to choose the direction of our lives. The Best Book I've Read on Improving How to View Life!
This book provides the most practical, common sense approach to the things in life that matter most. I found this book very easy to read. It has definitely made me step back and re-evaluate my life. I am an educator and I am know recommending this book to others. This Christmas I have given two copies of the book to those who have had an impact on my life over the past year. The first copy is theirs to keep and I asked that they give the second copy to someone who has had a positive impact on their life. This is a life changing book!!!