Adulting (verb): To do grown-up things and have responsibilities such as a working full time, paying rent, or owning a car. Basic life skills go mostly untaught in classrooms, so graduates are on their own to figure out how to live successfully in the world. Without any guidance, where do you start? Adulting 101 is a clever, practical, and timely guide to show how to:
- Find a job and be wildly successful at work
- Buy the items you need as an adult (apartment, car, insurance)
- Set goals, prioritize, and get work done
- Communicate professionally and effectively
- Save and invest wisely
- Navigate personal and professional relationships
- Avoid the common mistakes of being out on your own
- And much, much more
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About the Author
JOSH BURNETTE is a husband, dad, business owner, and author who currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, he started working for Chick-fil-A as a team member when he was barely old enough to see over the counter. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from James Madison University in 2009 (Go Dukes!). Throughout college, he served as a Young Life leader for a local high school, and his passion for mentoring young people began. After graduating, he went to work fulltime for a Young Life camp in Buena Vista, Colorado. He decided to come back to Chick-fil-A to combine his loves for business and working with young people. He served as the owner/operator of a mall restaurant for two years and currently leads a free-standing restaurant employing over one hundred people in Little Rock. Josh is a certified speaker with SCORRE workshops and recently enjoyed the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for Verizon Wireless. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering on several boards in the community, and snowboarding. Josh is married and has two children. PETE HARDESTY currently serves as the Young Life college divisional coordinator in the Eastern Division. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area from the friendly city of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Pete grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he was pre-med with the emphasis on “pre.” He then joined the staff of Young Life in Virginia Beach, where he served for seven years before moving to Harrisonburg in 2004. After being the area director for Young Life in Harrisonburg for eight years, Pete transitioned to start Young Life College at James Madison University in 2012. Pete loves being around college students even though they make him feel old. He crammed his three years of grad school into seventeen and finally received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014. A passion for the Middle East has inspired Pete to lead Holy Land trips for the last ten years, with a focus on serving Palestinian kids in the West Bank. He is a frequent international keynote speaker with experience in such places as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and places all over the US, speaking to groups as big as four thousand. He is a speaker coach with SCORRE workshops and loves helping people become excellent communicators. Pete has been working with young people for twenty-five years. They are still his favorite. He loves people and creating environments where they can thrive and achieve their potential. His two nieces are the apple of his eye.
Table of Contents
Introduction You Can Change the World 1
Part 1 You Make a Difference
1 #TheHearseAndTheUHaul 6
Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul? Your personal mission statement should begin with the end in mind. Find out what really matters in life and why.
2 #LeavingAWake 12
Your life matters! Your actions leave ripple effects on every person you interact with. Learn how to maximize that opportunity for impact.
Part 2 Get a Job
3 #PurpleHairInterview 17
Many people interview, but only one gets the job. Stand out from your peers by getting inside the mind of an interviewer and learning how to succeed.
4 #BeProfessional 24
Does being on time really matter? What if I just want to "be myself" and wear what I want? Does e-mail etiquette actually impact my career? Rise above your peers by learning how to engage in the work place
5 #LeadOrDie 30
Want to be wildly successful at work? The secret is, it's not about you! The top leadership tips and tricks to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
Part 3 Relationships
6 #ChemistryCompetence 39
Relationships require emotional intelligence. Learn how to grow this crucial skill for work and at home.
7 #ItsComplicated 44
Dive into the hard questions about dating, marriage, and sex. What gives you the best opportunity for happiness in marriage? What do you need to know before you commit?
Part 4 I Want to Be Rick
8 #C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) 60
Systematic steps that anyone can follow to become a millionaire. Yes, you! You can do it. Discover an abundance mentality with your finances and never be broke again.
9 #BudgetingBasics 68
This chapter teaches the foundational principles needed to become wealthy. It all begins with creating a budget. But how?
10 #LittleHinges 73
Find out the single most effective way to grow your money. Learn the best ways to save what you earn. This will change your life.
11 #StillEatingRamenAt70 84
Investing can feel overwhelming and complicated. Here it is broken down into a few simple steps to follow when you are young. You can get started today!
Part 5 How to Not Lose at the Game of Money
12 #NeverPayTheSticker 92
Buying a car is often the largest purchase for a young adult. Avoid mistakes that will cost you for years to come.
13 #GetAnApartment 100
What are the differences between buying an apartment and a house? Which one should you buy, or should you rent? learn about the major differences and costs associated with both.
14 #AdultsNeedInsurance 107
There is insurance for everything. What type (s) do you need? From where? This chapter gives a high-level overview of what to get and what to avoid.
15 #INeedCredit 117
Everyone has a credit score, but do you understand it? Get to know how your credit score is calculated and how to have the best score possible.
Part 6 Time Management
16 #BigRocks 124
Time management. Priorities. How to get more done in less time. Maximize each day and be less stressed doing it.
17 #SMARTGoals 134
Successful people create goals. Don't be left behind. Learn how to not only set goals but achieve them.
Part 7 Foundations
18 #TheTopButton 139
How to live your life to the fullest. The most Important chapter in this entire book. Don't miss it!
19 #YouKnowYouAreAnAdultWhen 146
A compilation of life wisdom/advice from years of getting it wrong and occasionally getting it right. You will leave this chapter better off than you started it. *Ignore at your own risk.
Appendix 1 How to Crush College 157
A systematic plan to do exceedingly well in college - tips for studying, making friends, interacting with professors, and more.
Appendix 2 Life after College: How to Enter the Real World-Month 1 166
How to successfully launch after leaving school. Welcome to the real world!
About the Authors 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Can you ever have too much good advice? NOPE!! I wish someone had told me… …some of these things before I left for college. I would have had less financial trouble in front of me and more good decisions behind me. Know anyone that you wish could skip common life mistakes? I’ve already made a mental list of three college-aged young people that are going to be gifted with this book; my daughter is one of them. Adulting 101 is like every piece of helpful advice someone could get from wise parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents, and financial advisors compacted into one book. It has reams of practical, useful advice on a wide array of subjects from how to dress for a job interview and how to get the best deal for a car to deciding between renting an apartment or buying a house. There’s advice on relating to others, being a good leader, investing, and so much more that would be boring for me to actually list it all out. (Check out the table of contents.) There’s not a lot of fluff. Okay, there’s not ANY fluff. I think it’d be awesome if this book was required reading for high school juniors or seniors. There are some things where everyone is better off if we don’t have to learn it the hard way. My only complaints about this book are that 1) the info is so dense, the lists could have been broken up more into sections with easy-to-find headings or indexed, and 2) the appendices have so much good information, they should have been included as part of the book itself, since so many people ignore appendices. I’d hate for anyone to miss the advice in the appendices that is not replicated in the body of the book itself. Heads-up, this is a Christian book, although that only crops up in a couple of sections, and the advice in Adulting 101 is valid no matter one’s creed or religion. No advice is invalidated by that context. I just mention that for the sake of those who find it unacceptable to come into contact with anything remotely touching upon Christianity. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
So you're done with high school or even college and now you're ready to start your first job, find a place to live and hopefully set yourself up for a successful life and career. But how do you actually do that? What do you need to avoid debt and other common mistakes young adults make? This book wants to help you and prepare you for the challenges you'll have to face entering into "adult" life. It contains great advice on how to dress for and behave during a job interview, how to spend and save your money wisely, what to look out for when buying a car and many other things. It also focuses on how to be a good leader and how to foster personal growth. I really liked the idea of this book and I found it easy and entertaining to read. The authors give some examples from their lives to illustrate their points and you could really see how they care about young adults and genuinely want them to thrive. I think that many tips are really important and helpful. The authors never came across as patronizing or lecturing. The only critique that I have is that at some point, the advice was a little bit superficial. This book is also strongly focused on the American social system, which I think is totally fine for the target audience. It's just something you should keep in mind when you live in a different (english-speaking) country and consider buying this book. But even then it would still contain many helpful suggestions that are applicable for other countries and systems as well. I think this book would be perfect as a gift for any graduates you know (and if you are a young adult, it's perfect for you, too!). Very much recommended. I wish I had something similar for my country (I will keep looking for it)!