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Our parents grew up in two neighboring small towns in rural South Carolina, both the children of hardworking but poor parents. They both worked full-time, learned the value of a dollar, and lived paycheck-to-paycheck. With little savings to their credit, they learned how to scrimp and scrape to get by, taking money-saving measures like planting their own garden and canning their own produce (even though they weren’t farmers by trade). They wanted something more than “just getting by” for us.

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So they created a map to success using their experiences, triumphs and lessons learned. They put this plan into action over the days and weeks of our childhoods, year in and year out. Since the two of us grew up a decade apart, they spent the better part of 25 years pouring their lives, lessons, and aspirations for us into our minds.
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We hated it.
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We didn’t appreciate the early morning wake-ups, insistence on doing things a certain way, and the focus on full effort and attention. It looked an awful lot like work, and nothing like the fun our friends were having watching cartoons.
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But a funny thing happened 
… After we both moved out of the house we had a realization: We were successfully achieving our dreams but we were saddened that the same wasn’t true for many of our friends. As we compared notes, it became clear that our friends weren’t following the same map we were – the life lessons our parents had taught us. Not only were some of our friends not following the same map, but some of them didn’t seem to have a map at all. Others appeared to be following a map printed in reverse and without a compass rose (you know, the little doohickey indicating N, S, E, W.)
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We were blown away. Finally – finally! – it dawned on us the importance & power of the success map we’d been given. On that day we made a pact to share this information with our friends, family, and the rest of the world. So we decided to write a book..
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1. Write the book in 1 week. (specifically, Christmas break 2012)
– 2 days at our childhood home in Walhalla, SC
– A few days at the beach with our parents
– The weekend in a cabin with zero distractions (to make sure we finished the book)

2. No baloney. Get to the point & use lots of pictures. (“A.D.D. friendly” as Seth fondly refers to his favorite books.)

3. Work together to plan the book’s structure but do not read each other’s chapters until the book is finished. Seth’s the musician, Chandler’s the businessman. We wanted the opportunity to showcase our individual experiences & how those experiences created our unique version of the Map to Success.

4. 100% of the profit from this book will go to charity. With Christmas break 3 months away, we decided to do some pre-writing research to learn more about why so many people give up on their dreams.

So we started asking our friends and aquaintances:

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The overwhelming response was “Probably not many.” We dug deeper by talking with strangers about this. Sadly the answers we got from people about their aspirations were all so similar.
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Nearly everyone we interviewed could clearly identify at least one big goal or dream, but rarely was its’ accomplishment in the foreseeable future. In a free society where people get to make their own choices regarding “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” why is this so many people’s story?

Are we all following the same script? Who’s writing it? How can people do more “I want to” and less “but I have to”?

When we’re born, we enter a world full of systems, most of which we can’t control.

There are a lot of unwritten rules we feel like we’re forced to follow:

1star  Get good grades in school
1star  Get accepted into a certain college
1star  Get married by a certain age
1star  Live in a certain neighborhood

Basically, don’t do anything too crazy or out of the ordinary.

Well obviously there’s so much more to life than that! We all know that, and yet so many of us still follow the same beaten path, even though our unlived life is beckoning us from the road less traveled. We get in line because that’s what we’ve been equipped to do. We follow the tried and true path because we were never taught the necessary street smarts needed to forge a different path. We aren’t taught these street smarts in school, and sadly most people aren’t taught them at home either.

We (Seth & Chandler) wrote this book to pass along the street smarts taught by our parents.

Our goal with this book is to inspire, inform, and empower people to accomplish their big dreams (spoken and unspoken) and avoid the systematic traps that derail most people from their true purpose. We believe in challenging the status quo. Each of us has a voice, a song, and a purpose.

We hope that by reading this book we’ll be able to help you uncover yours.

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