The Parallel University: Create a balanced life and have it all
Paperback, 274 pages
"Some become adults at 18, some at 35. Some never make it. Do not fear failure. Successful people fail more than others because they do more."
On turning 18 you have a big decision to make. Are you going to take responsibility for yourself or are you going to rely on society? If you want to be self-reliant you need to start now.
Self-reliance starts with not leaning on others and moves to buying houses, educating children and then providing for yourself in retirement. That requires a lot of planning. To get it right you need to understand your environment, understand yourself, and balance your lifestyle with job satisfaction, financial rewards, Kudos and ethics.
Life is tough, but satisfaction is only ever achieved when you shoulder a load and step outside your comfort zone.
The Parallel University teaches you how to achieve your social responsibility of providing for yourself and your family. At present only 20% of the population manage to achieve that goal. Imagine the positive effect on the nation if we could increase that to 50% one by one, starting with you.
I wish someone had given me this book when I was 21-years-old and ready to take on the world. It is terrific - pragmatic, insightful and full of lived words of wisdom about how to live a meaningful and moral life. A few years ago, Richard Krohn wrote a heartfelt list of ’52 things I have learned” for his children. He shares that and much more with us here. In an age of empty virtue signalling and victimhood sweepstakes, this is the perfect corrective. Krohn’s own story is about human flourishing – how dignity and respect come from being responsible for ourselves, our family and our community.
-- Janet Albrechtsen, Columnist, The Australian Newspaper.
An entertaining perspective delivered through clever story-telling delivers valuable insight into essential life lessons often overlooked in the busyness of today’s world. A great refresher for anyone seeking financial independence and self-discipline, in conjunction with support from their own personal taxation and financial advisors. An essential read for school leavers and university graduates embarking on their working life. -- Kylie Lamprecht, Pitcher Partners
About the Author
Richard Krohn worked for the Victorian EPA after completing a BSc at Melbourne University. He moved into the industrial waste treatment field and holds a Degree in Leather Chemistry from the National Leathersellers College in London.
Richard has 40 years’ experience as a Director in SME’s, and along with his wife has managed their own SMSF and investment company for 35 years. An MBA supplements his practical knowledge along with a Diploma in Financial Advice.
His interest in personal growth came from personal experiences as well as time as a Life Line telephone councillor and 10 years as Chairman of a not-for-profit Residential Aged Care facility situated in a remote area.
He wrote The Parallel University as a resource manual for his grandchildren and all those wanting to be self-reliant.