How to Navigate Life: The Book

The new science of finding your way in school, career, and beyond

An evidence-based decision-making framework designed to help parents, students and professionals make life's biggest decisions.

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About Belle & Tim

How To Navigate Life is the culmination of 40+ years of combined experience and research by Dr. Belle Liang and Tim Klein, two award-winning educators, mental health professionals, and parents who have dedicated their lives to helping young people thrive. 

Belle Liang
Psychologist, Professor, Parent
Tim Klein
Counselor, Educator, Dad

The deeply-researched book that parents and mentors have been waiting for!... The compassion and practical guidance will open your heart to authentic relationships with your students as they discover and pursue their true purpose.

Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
New york times best selling Author  

If you know anyone trying to find direction or make a good decision in school, career, or life, send this book immediately and tell them that there is hope.

Todd Rose
Author

Today, the road from adolescence to adulthood can feel painfully narrow and full of pressures, competition and uncertainty... Liang and Klein prove otherwise.

Nancy Hill, Ph.D.
Author and Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard University

Liang and Klein pull back the curtain on true success in college and career, and guide anxious parents and students towards a life of purpose and contentment.

Jeffrey Selingo
new york times bestselling Author

...too many young people are growing up anxious and unhappy, believing that only ever-greater achievement can eventually provide fulfillment...Thankfully, Belle Liang and Tim Klein offer another way: a scientifically-based yet practical way of helping children, teens, and young adults create successful and fulfilling lives built on purpose.

William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson
Authors

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Book chapters

We'll help you understand, identify, and articulate the 5 principles of purpose and show you how to apply them in school, work, and life.

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Chapter 1: Mindset

Avoid the pitfalls of the performance & passion mindsets and become your best self by committing to a purpose mindset.

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Chapter 2: Games

Unlock the power of intrinsic motivation by learning to play growth games even when competing in fixed games.

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Chapter 3: Skill sets

Thrive in a rapidly changing world of work by future-proofing your skills as a creator, facilitator, or driver.

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Chapter 4: Value Archetypes

Find your people and your place by adding value as a Trailblazer, Builder, Champion, or Guardian.

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Chapter 5: Needs in the world

Change the world to change yourself by meeting the big five needs in the world.

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Chapter 6-9: Applying Purpose

Learn how to use the 5 principles of purpose as a parent, in school, college, and the work place.

PART 1

First, we'll walk you through step one: Identifying Purpose

Real-life stories

Real-life stories from our award-winning work with young people that illustrate the power and importance of each principle of purpose.

Promising Research

Accessible overview of the most promising research and evidence-based best practices from our lab and the field showing why each principle of purpose is critical in helping young people thrive.

Strategies and resources

Strategies and Resources, including activities and worksheets that can be used to help students understand and apply each purpose principle.

PART 2

Then we'll show you how to Pursue Purpose

Decision Making

Use the 5 principles of purpose as a decision-making tool to determine what to do in high school, what college to attend, what major to pick, and what future work to pursue.

Building Key Relationships

Explore purpose in life by building key relationships, finding meaningful opportunities, and gaining relevant knowledge.

Communicating Purpose

Communicate purpose, whether in an interview, in a college essay, resume, or cover letter.

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Special Order Offer

If you pre-order our book, we will give you our evidence-based, award-winning tools to apply our purpose principles in school, career, & life.

Purpose Mindset Assessment

Take our mindset assessment to understand whether you and your people have a performance, passion, or purpose mindset and how that impacts parenting, school, college, and career performance.

Live Webinar Training

We'll share our research on the different mindsets and their implications for you and your people. You will also learn tangible strategies to adopt a purpose mindset needed to thrive.

Exclusive Community Access

Share your parenting stories, learn from other parents, get our opinion and help your students find their purpose.

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