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To all those people who wished they had done things a little differently

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

I get asked all the time, “What is Lemonade Stand Economics about?” to which I say, “It’s a book that teaches high school students how to work for themselves and pay for college without the  loans by earning far more than minimum wage.” When an adult asks me that question 9 times out of 10, I get the response, “I wish I had that when I was young.”  It’s like a proclamation of relevance for the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.” However, when I tell students what the book is about I get a different response. I almost always get, “That’s cool.”  Half the time I think they are saying that’s cool to the fact that I published a book – regardless of what it’s really about. blog pic

The difference between the response, “I wish I had that” and “That’s cool” is pain. High school students have no concept of real financial pain – YET.  Maybe they see their parents struggling to pay bills, but they do not know the relentless pain of bills coming month after month in your own name. Adults, especially parents, know this pain. They know how hard it was to pay for their own college education (and now a house and a car and braces and property taxes…) and they know how painful it is to see that student loan bill arrive each month for 15 years…That’s 180 times that student loan bill arrives after throwing their mortar cap in the air at graduation. To throw salt in the wound, often when parents react with the “I wish I had that” they have children who are approaching college age much more quickly than they anticipated.  

To all those people who wish they had Lemonade Stand Economics to read back when they were in high school, to all those people who wished they had done things a little differently to make paying for college easier, you can not go back and change your history, but you CAN change the history of a high school student in your life. Don’t let your son or daughter, nephew or niece grow up to say, “I wish I had that.” A copy of Lemonade Stand Economics costs less than $15 on amazon and can change the life of a high school student this summer. Right now.

Now “THAT’S COOL!”

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