From the Author
The book, “Follow Your Dreams: Lessons That I Learned in School,” shares my story—the choices I made that enabled me to exceed the expectations of both teachers in my school and people in my community. While I encountered many obstacles along the way, I was able to turn my early passions (writing and talking) into a broad range of careers (teaching, consulting, writing, publishing, speaking). Doing so has given my life purpose through my work with parents, teachers, and students. Through the college education that I acquired along the way, books that I have written, and the publishing company that my wife and I founded, I have experienced the unimaginable opportunity to work with and learn from thousands of parents, students, and teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Africa.
The “My Dreams: Student Journal” provides you, the student, with the opportunity to write your story as you examine issues raised in the book, “Follow Your Dreams: Lessons That I Learned in School” and issues in your life. Everyone has a story and each day is an opportunity to determine the direction of that story. I have worked with students in churches, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, the Jobs Corps, foster homes, and juvenile halls and camps. However, whatever the circumstances or obstacles, or the challenges and confrontations, the choices we make and consequences of our actions will determine our story.
Most of the activities that follow require 3 simple steps: Reflect, Discuss, and Create. How carefully and thoughtfully you engage in the activities will be entirely up to you. You can casually reflect, insincerely discuss, and haphazardly complete the activities. Or, you can engage in thoughtful and deliberate self-reflection, sincerely discuss your hopes and aspirations with teachers and peers, and creatively complete the activities so that your story is a story worth reading and your dreams are dreams worth pursuing.