9:39AM (PST) – DAVID McCULLOUGH, JR., AUTHOR of the book, “YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL and other Encouragements”—a wry and affectionate examination of success and the role of education today. “You Are Not Special” is a guide to a truly fulfilling and happy life.
David McCullough is a high school teacher who has taught more than 4,500 students. McCullough notes how he witnessed, in growing numbers, teenagers becoming ever more preoccupied with success—often at the expense of important formative experience. “In this new culture of exceptionalish,” writes McCulloough, “to be average, just a regular kid—for most an unavoidable statistical fact—is thought to be inferior. To be ordinary is to be left behind.” Taking on entitled students, helicopter parents, questionable educational goals, club sports, college prep courses and other symptoms of privilege, “YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL” examines the intense pressure that today’s teenagers have to excel. Although opportunities are plenty, high school students today are so afraid of failure that they miss the opportunity to make—and learn from–mistakes.
In many ways adolescents have never had it better. Opportunity, at least for some, would seem nearly limitless in scope and number and wow factor. But for fear that left to themselves children will screw up their shot, many parents have stepped in to “fix” their kids problems. The man you are about to meet is a teacher, a father, a son, a former kid, a husband, and an interested observer of the human race is hear to tell us why that may not be a good idea.
David McCullough, Jr. started teaching English in 1986. After his controversial speech, he appeared on and/or was interviewed by such media outlets as CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, NPR, ABC, etc. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.
11:08A (PST) – Cindy Feinberg is a recovery coach and addiction case manager in New York City. She is the Founder and President of The Recovery Coach NY. As a certified interventionist and Coach, Cindy helps to facilitate the actions necessary to aide an individual in remaining free from the chaos that drugs, alcohol and other addictions can create. The Recovery Coach is a private case management service that incorporates all phases of recovery for those suffering with addictions and mood disorders.
Cindy Feinberg is a recovery coach and addiction case manager in New York City. She and her staff are committed to helping addicts and their families move toward recovery and a better life. She coordinates on an ongoing basis referrals to treatment specialists (treatment centers, therapists, interventionists, sober companions, MDs, and the like), at the same time managing all other aspects of care appropriate for a client and the client’s family. I have been so consistently impressed with both her intervention and recovery coaching ability that I wanted to share a bit about her world with you.
Millions of people today, all over the world, are having glimpses of who they really are: beyond endless thought and reactive feeling. Such a moment of “awakening” changes everything, and unleashes a wellspring of energy, humor and love. The man you are about to meet is here to share with you an innovative and brilliant new way of reaching your fullest potential.
Arjuna Ardagh is an Awakening Coach, writer and public speaker. He has trained more than 1300 people to become facilitators of awakening. He is the author of eight books, including the 2005 #1 national bestseller The Translucent Revolution, featured in “O” magazine. His new book, Better than Sex, is the complete introduction to Awakening Coaching. He has been a speaker at conferences all over the world, including a recent talk at the United Nations. He has appeared on TV, radio and in print media in twelve countries. He lives with his wife, Chameli Ardagh, in California.