What I Wish I Knew at 18 Book Review


“What I Wish I Knew at 18” is written in a way that it is geared towards teens about to embark on their life journey and “make their masterpiece” as author, Dennis Trittin, often describes it. The book helps answer key life skills questions we aren’t often exposed to before that point (but are very helpful to know!) such as:

  • How will I define success in my life?
  • How can I make a successful transition to college?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I build new relationships and achieve a lasting marriage?
  • What are my financial goals and how will I achieve them?

Do you remember learning any of this in high school? I didn’t either. In fact, after readi his book I realized I made a majority of the mistakes he notes for those that DIDN’T learn important life skills before moving on from “the nest.” How different things could have been! How great things can be if this book is shared with our youth! My husband is feeling called to Youth Ministry, and this is definitely a “must share.” I know when our kids are older I’ll be sharing this book with them as well as educating them in life skills. In that way, this book has been helpful for me as well, so I can pass on this information. I learned a few new things for myself as well – particularly in the finances area where the author has a GREAT reputation. In fact, this book is recommended for parents, teachers, caregivers, ministers, etc. as well! It would be great not only as a tool to guide others but because it is knowledge even we, ourselves, can find beneficial! My husband and I were actually discussing how life skills get so easily ignored and you’re expected to learn “the hard way,” but I’m so glad to discover such a resource so you don’t have to!

Success is defined by more than wealth and prominence, and I think this book is a great example of encouraging you to find your own definition of success and how to set goals to achieve it. It offers advice in the form of tips with thorough explanation as well as self checks in form of questions that REALLY make you think! That’s what it’s all about – self reflection on very important life questions. “What I Wish I Knew at 18” is well presented so that the reader isn’t only reading but thinking and reflecting as well!

About the Author:

Dennis Trittin is a successful investment manager, educator and mentor committed to helping young adults reach their full potential. Now retired from managing over $30 billion in assets, he devotes his life to promoting leadership and life management on a global basis. Trittin serves as an advisor to several charitable groups and as a speaker with national and local educational and community organizations. Dennis and his wife Jeanne are parents of two young adults and reside in the Seattle area.

For More Information:
Visit the Author Dennis Trittin’s Website
Connect with Dennis Trittin on Facebook
and follow Dennis Trittin onTwitter

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  1. Valarie Lee Gentry says

    I like that this book is a parenting guide for helping raise teenagers become adults. I like that it focuses on Character, Relationships, and Purpose!

  2. Darlene Jones-Nelson says

    I like that the book teaches kids to be life long learners

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