Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life (Paperback)
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Everything you didn’t learn in school but all you need to know to launch your personal and professional life.
Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life is a unique self-help book that offers a roadmap to kickstart your future. Rags-to-riches author and CEO Gene Rice and his high school English teacher daughter Courtney Bejgrowicz demystify adulthood by sharing critical information alongside professional and personal successes and failures. The five sections—life, job search, career, personal finance, and health and relationships—provide real-world insights that are often overlooked in formal education. You will learn everything from how to conquer the interview process to how to get promoted; from myths about credit scores to the impact of taxes; from the power of meditation to positively impacting society; and much more. Armed with this knowledge, you will be ready to move out on your own and move up in life.
“Gene is one of the top executive recruiters in the world. He’s helped me, as well as over a thousand others, get the jobs of their dreams. This book will help anyone starting out in their career or looking to advance. Even better? He shares how personal growth is essential to professional success.”
—World B. Free, Former NBA All-Star, 76ers Ambassador
“This is a highly illuminating work of distilled wisdom from two fine sensibilities who are from two dramatically different generations. A perfect graduation gift!”
—Michael Krasny, Retired Radio Host on Sirius and NPR; Author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy
About the Author
GENE RICE is a leading executive retained recruiter, chairman of Rice Cohen International, and co-founder of the Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation, which helps children pursue their passions. He brings a desire to help others to all he does.
COURTNEY BEJGROWICZ is a high school English teacher who uses her passion for literature and desire to inspire others to inform her work. She enjoys mentoring teachers and helping her students find their inner voices.
"Grad to Grown-Up is a must-read. What I learned from Gene about work ethic, respect, finance, and career helped me to the NBA. Gene has the strongest character of anyone I know and a unique ability to build relationships with others. Every young person can learn from him, and this book is full of his invaluable insight."
— Ryan Arcidiacano, Chicago Bulls NBA player; Previous RCI Intern
“Grad to Grown-Up will help every person looking to grow and get on the path to success. It’s these lessons that helped me achieve academic and personal success so young. Gene is a mentor to me to this day and the book shares all his advice.”
— Dr. Kennedy Chukwuocha, Doctor of Physical Therapy; Previous RCI Intern
“I share Gene’s life lessons everywhere I go. He is the greatest leader and career coach I’ve ever had. Gene is the best at what he does and has impacted my career tremendously. The fact that these lessons are now in a book with so much more is a gift to everyone who reads it. If you want to move up in your career, this book will get you there.”
— Lloyd Erlemann, Retired Managing Director at Deloitte
“I’m betting on this book. It has all the elements of a bestseller! The interplay of a father’s wise and practical advice and his daughter’s good-hearted (and often funny) challenges make for a very readable set of informal business and financial commandments that any young person (or older person starting out on a new career) would be wise to follow.”
— Mark Morgan Ford, Entrepreneur; New York Times Bestselling Author; President at Palimi, Inc.; CEO of Ford Fine Art
“Want to be rich and enjoy your life, too? This book will get you there! I love the father-daughter approach. I wish my two daughters had this resource after graduating college—it has everything you need all in one place.”
— Robert Garzilli, Retired; Former SVP at Salesforce.com; Former Global VP of Sales at Servicenow
“Gene Rice and Courtney Bejgrowicz’s Grad to Grown-Up is a compelling dual first person autobiographic work of a successful businessman father and his teacher daughter. They are both good storytellers with engaging personal stories to tell and their deep love and respect for each other comes through strongly in what is also a keen guide to values and how best to live a full and successful life. There is a lot of good, solid, sensible, and practical, well-grounded advice here, especially valuable for the young but with enough important lessons to be of major use and value to anyone at any stage of life. Can we learn from a book about passion, purpose ,and ways to seek and find fulfillment and happiness? The authors clearly believe we can and want to show us how. Gene’s daughter calls him Genie, and indeed it is as if he has come from some far away place to answer our wishes for answers. Courtney, who calls herself a snowflake, is really a natural teacher who acts as a guide as well as a kind of alter ego for her father. There is much to learn and value from both of them in this important book and there is also a treasure trove of information about basic important everyday things to know about such as how best to prepare for and give a first-rate interview. This is a highly illuminating work of distilled wisdom from two fine sensibilities who are from two dramatically different generations. A perfect graduation gift!”
— Michael Krasny, Retired Radio Host on Sirius and NPR; Author of "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life" and "Spiritual Envy"
“Gene is loved and admired by all who know him. He generously invests his time mentoring young people while encouraging them to reach their goals.”
— Julie Spencer, Professional Speaker; Author of Award-Winning Book "Looking Through a Keyhole"
“The wisdom in this book is timeless. Every young adult needs a GPS through life—the earlier the better!”
— Dianna Booher, Author of "Creating Personal Presence" and "Communicate With Confidence"
"Gene is one of the top executive recruiters in the world. He’s helped me, as well as over a thousand others, get the jobs of their dreams. This book will help anyone starting out in their career or looking to advance. Even better? He shares how personal growth is essential to professional success.”
— World B. Free, Former NBA All-Star, 76ers Ambassador