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  1. Chaveso Cook
    December 22, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

    My number one read for the year was “Educated” by Tara Westover.

    A suggestion earlier this year by a neighbor, I had no clue it was on Pres Barack Obama’s or Bill Gates’ reading list until yesterday. It was also highlighted in The NY Times by Michelle Obama a few days ago.

    The author grew up without a birth certificate as a devout Mormon to off-the-grid, prepper parents. She was home schooled in the loosest sense and spent most of her days in her father’s junkyard or in her mother’s kitchen making essential oils. After getting an inkling of wanting another life, she decided to go to college, shifting her life in such an abrupt upheaval that she loses both herself and her family.

    It’s a harrowing story of her evolution through education, not just at BYU, Harvard and Cambridge (she’s earned a PhD), but through new life experiences that were distorted, guarded and secreted while she was a kid. As I’m a first year doctoral student it has made me reflect so much on my own unorthodox story that only those closest to me know.


  2. Mike Benadum
    December 23, 2018 @ 10:14 am

    Thank you so very much for your work! I am an avid reader and dedicated, loyal follower of your site. You are my “go to” source for all things leadership!
    Being a career Battalion Fire Chief in a mid-sized city of 287,000+ people is and has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my professional life. I am in constant pursuit of improving my professional edge, my knowledge, my skill set, etc. My professional development has definitely been accelerated by adding your service to my resource tool box. THANK YOU again for all that you do to help other professionals grow!


    • jbowen100
      December 27, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks for the supportive words, Mike! Thank you for your service to your community and your dedication to developing leaders around you to improve that service. Let me know if you have questions or how I can help!


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