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ADU accelerates everything. It opens doors and opportunities you cannot get anywhere else. It helps you crush the obstacles in your way to getting where you want to go.
Trevor Shirk, US Army Captain
This program has given me the confidence and desire to start a new amazing chapter in my life. My future will be so much greater than my past. I now have the skills required to chase both my purpose and passion, I will not have to settle for a position, instead I will pursue the job that is the right fit for me. They assisted me in creating a robust network, finding a mentor, and provided me the tools to reach my desired end state.
Jesse Yandell, US Army Retired
"I can't say enough about American Dream U's 21-Day Sprint Course! Phil Randazzo and the Team at American Dream U are rock stars! Every month they bring together transitioning veterans and top performers from various professional fields to facilitate discussion on topics such as wellness, relationships, finances, and career transition into the private sector. In addition, the American Dream U Team offers one-on-one coaching and assistance to help veterans and their families experience a smooth transition into the next phase of their journey." -Nate Gray
Don't get stuck in an unfulfilling job.
Over the last 17+ years, American Dream U has done over 170 workshops with 16,000+ live attendees. We’ve learned a lot about what a successful transition looks like. Using our expertise we've narrowed down this 21-day sprint course down to three focus areas: money, relationships, and wellness.
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“To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the "what is next" of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”
- Mark Twain
We all know that money is an essential commodity that helps you run your life. Philosophically speaking, money cannot buy everything - but practically, money actually is the vehicle to buy everything in our world. Money helps keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. It's often also used for calculating the status of any person.
Research continues to show $105,000 to be the ideal income for life satisfaction in Northern America. Earnings past this point tend to coincide with lower levels of happiness and well-being. There becomes a certain point where money fails to benefit well-being in terms of both feelings and your evaluation.
From a non-profit organization that survives primarily on donations, we understand the extreme importance of money. However, we also emphasize the importance of doing something you truly love instead of solely pursuing extra money. We recognize that both sides are true: practically, money does buy everything, but philosophically, it doesn't.
How deep is your love? Studies continue to show that long-lived individuals reaching the end of life regret not having more meaningful and deep relationships. Relationships are imperative for many different reasons; they can increase our emotional well-being, create stability, teach us how to be a good friend or mates, provide us with someone to count on and trust in times of need and someone to vent to when we face challenges, and friends and mates take away loneliness and make us feel included.
Each of our relationships elicit different responses in ourselves that help us to grow and learn about ourselves. Relationships are often the glue that holds us together during times of stressful situations and when we face life difficulties. Without relationships, we would have a deadened spirit and a lack of connection to our true selves!
The world is filled with a ton of great talkers and holds very few great listeners. Relationships are all about being a great listener without holding judgment.
WELLNESS matters. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality of life. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness, and ensure positive interactions.
Sleep is one of the most influential factors in this ongoing cycle. Our guidance places a heavy emphasis on helping you improve your quality of sleep. Sleep deprivation is so potent that it can easily launch us into a downward spiral that, for many, can lead to depression or chronic pain. When you’re in pain, you can’t sleep, then anxiety bestows and becomes extremely difficult to make any type of imperative decisions. Getting your wellness in order is a key first step towards making meaningful decisions during any transition.
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