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Weekly Spotlight – Life in Twenty-Something

lts-etAbout the Book

David is misunderstood. By everyone, so it seems. The millennial business enthusiast has failed at almost every career he’s tried. Searching for his life’s meaning and enamored by the startup culture in Silicon Valley, David jumps headlong into a job at a small, albeit growing, business.

He soon realizes, however, that while the company is considered a “startup,” it’s as unfulfilling as any corporate job he’s had, and he chooses to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture, believing that if he can become a famous business owner he’ll find happiness. But not if his previous employer has anything to say about it. In true Silicon Valley fashion, David’s former boss finds out about his new company and threatens to sue on the grounds that his former employee is in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal crime.

David is faced with penalties, fines, imminent jail time, and a dilemma: stay and fight or turn and run? And ultimately, if entrepreneurship isn’t making him happy, what will?

Life in Twenty-Something follows David – and his band of misfit friends – along a modern spirit quest up and down the coast of California. His journey teeters between social revolution and personal destruction, forcing him to face his internal demons head-on.

“What’s it like to be young and smart in San Francisco with a beautiful girlfriend and a promising startup? For millennial Dave Leblanc, it’s hell, and you won’t want to stop reading until you find out if Dave self-destructs or saves himself. Author Evan Tarver writes with humor and authority about the generation that seems poised at the forefront of a revolution one minute and teetering at the brink of disaster the next. ‘There are a ton of lessons to be learned through my failures,’ Dave says at one point. Read Life in Twenty-Something and you’ll see what he means.”
– Susan Bono, author of What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home and founding editor of Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative.


About the Author

gmailphotoEvan is an author and business owner with experience in the technology sector. With an extensive background in corporate finance and business evaluation, and as a passionate contributor to technology startups, he’s a self-proclaimed “business nerd.”

Evan’s also a spirited writer who contributes nonfiction business articles to various online publications and pens full-length novels found on Amazon and other leading retailers. Each piece of writing, whether it be a one-page finance article or a 300-page fiction story, is meant to provide readers with lasting enjoyments and actionable takeaways that (hopefully) better their lives and encourage them to act.

Because ultimately, the key to true happiness is self-improvement through positive experiences, and all of Evan’s works seek to accelerate that self-improvement and spread those positive experiences. Some of his ideas explore the social environment on the macro level, some of his ideas explore the transformative power of personal growth on the micro level – while most of them probably fall somewhere in between. But everything is written to inspire people to shift the way they think; it may not be a big shift, but it will always be a positive one.

Visit Evan Tarver’s Website







The Ultimate Lesson

by Meryl D. Joseph

This book explains that the key to a happy life is balance, something that is definitely difficult to come by in the fast-paced, stressed-out, sleep-deprived world most of us live in. Taking steps such as visualizing happiness, empowering yourself and establishing a positive set of core beliefs all play into your sense of happiness with your own life.

“When you’re balanced, you can feel it.”

Establishing and maintaining balance are not easy for most of us. We are constantly pressured on multiple fronts to meet the needs of others, such as family, employers, neighbors, and friends. A combination of physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental balance all contribute to our overall life balance. But it is important that each of these factors suit your individual needs, not the needs or ideals of others. You have to take charge of your own life.

Physically, I enjoy walking and yoga for exercise. My spiritual balance comes from the nature and my place on this planet. Mentally, I am confident in my abilities.  Each of these factors will be different per individual. Most days, balance is achievable. This being said, there are days I struggle to keep one or more of these factors in line for a multitude of reasons.  It’s important that once we lose our balance we are able to find it again.

The Ultimate Lesson takes the reader through each of the points, allowing you to look at your own life and take stock of what you have, want, and need in order to make life a positive experience.  This is a well written work that is gentle with its delivery, hoping to open your mind gradually to the ideas with a pragmatic and informational approach, rather than shove them down one’s throat or saturate the reader with saccharine language.

4 Stars



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