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Joy, Wonder, and Being a Good Grownup

I’m not really impressed by celebrities. I don’t care what they’re eating, or the newest fashion trend, but I do care about people who are doing really cool things to make the world better.

I’ve been a big fan of Brad Montague and what he does for the world for a while. I’ve followed his work and then got to attend a Wonder Workshop before the STORY 2018 conference. Wonder is a life value of mine, and I knew Brad would be awesome to listen to for a day, so I signed up. I was in awe of all the amazing things he had to say.

Reading this book was like that and more. I’m so glad he wrote it. None of what he says is revolutionary, but it is at the same time. It’s a lot of what we forget as we grow up.

I also just got to hear Brad speak for a Creative Mornings virtual event on March 27th. It was for the Nashville chapter, which I normally would not get to attend being in Michigan, but times are weird. Not only did I get to hear Brad speak again and enjoy a virtual community, but I also got put into a breakout room with him and I felt honored to be in a digital room with such greatness.

(that’s me in the upper right smiling like a goober.)

Brad has spent a lot of time listening to kids and helping us remember that we were kids once too. Becoming Better Grownups includes wisdom from kids, and former kids, on how to….well…be better grownups. How to live a life for the good of others and the world.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Especially right now while we’re all quarantined and life seems less joyful, this is a ray of sunshine for a gloomy season.

You may not have heard of Brad Montague before, but you’ve probably seen his work:

Kid President

Socktober

All things done for others to make the world a better place. That’s what that book encourages. I’m glad I read it and I’m excited to try and be a better grownup.

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