Are you not quite as ready for the adult world as you want to be?
Are you a grown-up who doesn’t feel like one?
Do you know someone else who needs to act like a grown-up?
With humor, occasional bite, and a deep desire to be helpful, this book is today’s manual for moving into adulthood. Filled with a mountain of practical advice, it’s a treasure trove of grown-up perspectives that many of us never got to hear on our way to twenty-one.
In twenty-nine short, easy-to-read chapters, author Mark DuPré takes what he’s learned the hard way and lays it all out there to help everyone of any age move closer to acting like a grown-up. Wise and witty, this book is one of the best gifts you could give — to yourself as well as to others.
— Gavin MacLeod (actor, The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
For a good, solid learning experience with a smattering of rich humor, I suggest you take hold of Mark DuPré’s How to Act Like a Grown-up. You won’t want to put it down until you are finished. I am still smiling.
— Dr. H. Lee Joyner, Jr. (Lead Pastor, Christ Church, Gaithersburg, MD)
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! I read it from cover to cover in one setting. Mark DuPre’s observations in How to Act Like a Grown-up are invaluable. Mark examines everything from cell phone etiquette to being on time, from divesting to investing. As I read through How to Act Like a Grown-up there were moments when I thought, ‘Yes, get them – finally someone is addressing this!’ But then there were those moments when I was challenged to ‘act like a grown-up’. This is an excellent resource, empowering us to swim upstream in an age of extended adolescence.
— Lynda O’Rourke, mother of two
This should be required reading for everyone over the age of sixteen. As a person who had very little help growing up, I found Mark’s book to be full of information that I wish I knew twenty years ago. Even at the age of forty, I found knowledge that I can use today. As a mum of two young boys, I know what an uphill climb parents have these days. Parents will find many tips in steering their children in the right direction. Mark’s no-nonsense manner shows how to carry oneself without resorting to condescension. The common sense advice offered is perfect for an age when common sense is not so common.
— Dr. Tina Lent, Chair/Professor Fine Arts Dept., College of Liberal Arts Rochester Institute of Technology
This is a deftly written book whose light touch and humorous tone make its serious message easy and quick to understand. Whether we’re young or old, acting like an adult requires knowing and adhering to societal norms, which Mark reminds us are as necessary to individual success as to the success of our civil society. What our parents taught us about appropriate behavior was right, and Mark helps them out by refreshing and updating their advice and reminding all of us about the importance of the social contract and the Golden Rule. And Mark knows what he’s talking about—as a wildly successful university professor for more than two decades, he knows how to deliver information in a way that is listened to and remembered.
— William G. Baxter, M.Ed.Director of Family Counseling and Mediation Services
Just before reading How to Act Like a Grown-up I had just finished reading an autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, a man who was known for his common-sense proverbs and his everyday wisdom. I feel that Mark’s book delivers the same theme. Mark addresses everyday situations with an incredibly clear common-sense approach. It is refreshing, humorous, and practical. I believe that it will serve to help and encourage many of us to put on our “adult clothes” and stand up as adults. Thank you, Mark, for opening our eyes to the obvious. Compliance to these principles will make the world a better place to live.
— Dr. H. Lee Joyner, Jr.Lead/Teaching PastorChrist Church, Gaithersburg, MD
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! I read it from cover to cover in one setting.
— Heather R. StevensonArtistic Director, PUSH Physical Theatre
I smiled though this book because it contains very direct instructions from a man who has submersed himself into community‑he has seen what works and what doesn’t.
Too many adults are figuring this stuff out in their thirties and forties because they didn’t have folks in their lives who were straight-shooters with them on the how to’s of social behavior. Teens and adults alike should read this book and use it as a discussion starter in a small group.
|Acknowledgments||11||Facebook, etc||55||Meeting People||101|
|Preface||15||Financial Independence||59||Money and College||103|
|Be a Real Winner||17||Finish What You Start||63||Owning Your Youth||105|
|Being on Time||21||Going to Class, Part One—High School||67||Sexuality||111|
|Being Wrong||25||Going to Class, Part Two—College||71||Suicide||117|
|Buying Stuff at a Store||29||Interviewing for a Job||77||The Trust Thing||119|
|Crossing the Street||39||It’s Not About You||87||You’re Not a Loser||129|
Mark DuPré has done a lot of things, and he gets tired just thinking about it sometimes. He’s been a magazine writer, editor, and industry trainer. Right now he’s a pastor, film professor, speaker, and musician. He’s motivated by a desire to help all people, especially young ones, become successful adults in every aspect of their lives. Mark has three children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren, even though he is still nineteen in his mind. He lives with his ever-patient wife, Diane, just outside of Rochester, New York.