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Defining a Life Vision

Kids get asked all the time what they want to do when they grow up. High schoolers get asked what their plans are after graduation. College students get asked the same thing, with a big emphasis on work. But we never ask the most important question that foundationally will prepare a kid for success: What kind of person do you want to become? What a kid does professionally is important. We want them to be responsible for themselves and become self-sufficient. But it’s only one part of the life equation- and it’s not the most important. A key phrase we’ve used over the years that resonates with parents is, “You can be successful in school and successful in your career but still fail in life.” We’ve found that if we put most of our focus only on what kids do for work someday, we miss the opportunity to help them build a meaningful life. To download our entire list of Critical Questions, go to


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For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).

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