Today’s young people stand on the brink of unprecedented opportunity and influence. The problem is, many feel misunderstood and dismissed by older generations. Frustrated, they seek answers for how they can effectively influence change in the world when the gaps between generations grow wider and our shared experiences fewer. They want to make a difference, and they remain open to influence from adults who are willing to help them learn what they’ll need to succeed.
With energy and unique expertise, Jonathan Catherman assures the next generation that their influence will come–with practice. Through relevant examples and clear applications, he shows youth from high school into emerging adulthood how to build bridges between generations, practice stewardship before leadership, transform raw talents into valued strengths, and live with purpose. By doing so, they can make a difference, do even better than their parents, and become the next great generation.
From the Back Cover
The world needs our passion, our strength, and our influence
Our generation stands on the brink of unprecedented opportunity and influence. Equipped with more than any generation before, we want to make a difference in the world. We want to count for something greater than ourselves. But sometimes it’s not clear exactly how to turn our ideas and energy into reality. With the gap between the generations growing wider, it’s easy to feel misunderstood, like the world’s problems are being left for us to fix, and no one really believes our generation will succeed.
Thankfully, there are members of older generations who do care. They want us to do better than they have–to be better than they’ve been. And they have so much experience, wisdom, and help to offer us along the way.
In this book, Jonathan Catherman assures us that our influence matters and will continue to grow. With plenty of examples and clear application, he shows us how to prepare ourselves to accept any challenge by practicing how to
· build bridges between generations
· transform our raw talents into valued strengths
· practice stewardship before leadership
· and live with purpose
By doing so, we can make a difference, live lives filled with meaning, and become the next great generation.
About the Author
Jonathan Catherman is the author of the international bestselling book The Manual to Manhood. He coauthored the bestseller The Manual to Middle School with his sons, Reed and Cole, and The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life and The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Middle School with his wife, Erica. An award-winning cultural strategist and leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults. Jonathan and his family live in North Carolina where they founded and direct the 1M Mentoring Foundation. Learn more at www.thecathermans.com.