“People have to develop Courage. It is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage you can’t practice any other virtues consistently. We can not be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest”.
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the meaning and importance of courage, the courage that it takes to raise a family, to overcome ignorance and discrimination, to avoid poor choices and to accept responsibility for one’s actions and condition.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the fundamental principals of good character including, but not limited to, honesty, integrity, loyalty, dependability, responsibility, accountability, punctuality, perseverance, thoughtfulness, dedication, consistency, communication, clarity and understanding.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
-The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others. More than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. The Golden Rule often embodies, by implication, the principle of compassion: “Do on to others what you would have them do on to you.” Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the importance of compassion and the wisdom and necessity of The Golden Rule.
“The betterment of a community directly depends on the betterment of the lives within that community.”
-Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
If community exists, both freedom and security exist as well. The community takes on a life of its own, as people become free enough to share and secure enough to get along.
The sense of connectedness and formation of social networks comprise what has become known as social capital. Social capital is defined by Robert D. Putnam as “the collective value of all social networks and species (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other (norms of reciprocity)”. Social capital in action can be seen in all sorts of groups, including neighbors keeping an eye on each other’s homes.
Seize Your Destiny creates social capital by teaching and instilling the values of community. It introduces and welcomes youth to their community and encourages their full participation, in that community, by demonstrating the value that community offers to them and those that they love. When they receive their free copy of Seize Your Destiny, they will see their community in action and the help that it can provide.
“Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model?”
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the importance of commitment and shows them the direct cause and effect relationship between commitment and success.
“To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. – John Marshall
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the importance of communication. Readers learn social interaction techniques by promoting listening, sharing, substitution, negotiation and compromise. They are encouraged to be more verbal and to substitute verbal communication for aggressive physical approaches. They learn how to express themselves and communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas more clearly.
“Your one certainty in life, your power as a human being, is that you have a choice in every situation about what you do next and about how you take what has happened to you.”
Seize Your Destiny teaches youth the meaning and importance of choice. We all face and make choices everyday. These choices profoundly affect the lives that we lead. Seize Your Destiny teaches youth that we alone make, control and are responsible for our choices.
In order for people to become productive members of society – they need jobs. Ideally, careers. Yet finding a job, let alone a career, can often be a daunting task. Especially, for those who have never entered the job market. Moreover, finding employment, let alone succeeding in the workplace, is virtually impossible absent a familiarity with, and fidelity to, these Core Values.
Employers need and want employees who understand and embrace these Core Values. Yet many young people are either unfamiliar with or fail to embrace these values.
Offering support in this area, is therefore critical to creating any real and sustainable change. Seize Your Destiny offers a way to provide that support by introducing these critical Core Values.
One might argue that simply providing young people with a book is not the answer – they need more help than that. This is true.
However, what is equally true, is that there is absolutely nothing that society can provide our youth that is more important than an introduction to, and our admonition to embrace, the ancient teachings that the above Core Values represent. It is these Core Values that have allowed all prior generations to not only survive, but to thrive.
Seize Your Destiny represents the most current and comprehensive introduction to these Core Values on the market today. Moreover, it speaks to youth in a clear and direct way that is interesting, informative and inspirational.
By giving a copy, to a young man or woman, you have an opportunity to change their lives in a way that no other $5 contribution can.
With one simple gesture of compassion, you can provide a young person with hope, inspiration, guidance and direction. You can step in for that missing parent, if only for a moment, and provide a truly meaningful helping hand. We can’t replace missing fathers – but we can provide the inspiration, guidance and direction that a father should provide.