Teen Leadership and Mentoring
Daniel Blanchard’s Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky? is his first in a series about a struggling teen who lives in a violent and frustrating world. The teen is angry over the hand that life has dealt him.
Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy appears. On this one stormy and magical afternoon in the park, this former WWII fighter-pilot plants a seed that forever changes the way his grandson looks at family, relationships and success.
The once angry, but now hopeful boy departs finally understanding what it really means to feel lucky! Do you feel it? Will you do what it takes to succeed in this imperfect world? Will people be better or worse off because they met you?
Are you feeling lucky? …
“Dan, Great Job…
What a wonderful story. Inspirational and moving. Adversity makes Champions. I love how you bring the young and the wise together. One speaks, one listens and one grows. Dan You have truly captured the essence of triumph in the human spirit.
Thank you for sharing this with me.
God Bless…” Rodney Smith- United States 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist Greco-Roman Wrestler
“Dan Blanchard understands that intrinsic values and internal locus of control are essential attributes we as educators need to foster…. Dan writes about responsibility being key to our children’s success…. Dan’s writing is authentic and expresses his deep concern for our school children’s future.”
Dr. Lawrence Fenn- Superintendent of Schools. President of Collaborative Educational Designs, LLC and Planning For Crisis Inc. College Professor
”My friend Dan Blanchard has spelled out the secrets to success in this heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson. All of us can find words and concepts to live by in this interesting tale.”
Dick Curland- Former Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Educational Consultant, and College Adjunct Instructor.
“’Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky?’ contains excellent common sense advice in a very easy read. I would recommend it to teenagers, parents or anyone who works with young people. It is a great stimulant for family or classroom conversations.
Good luck Dan. “
Michael Foran “National Principal of the Year!”
“It is rare these days to find a truly positive young adult text that is void of violence, sex and drugs. Granddaddy’s Secrets encompasses a great message while still be relevant to teens today.” Colleen Moffett- Teacher of the Year!
“Feeling Lucky? by Daniel Blanchard is a must read for any family dealing with generational issues. A Grandfather reaches out to a troubled teen and helps him to discover how to make it though turbulent times. The message of Constant, And, Never-ending, Deliberate, Improvement, will help young and old to learn what it takes to succeed in an imperfect world. You will be Feeling Lucky? after you read this book!” January Jones,Thou Shalt Not Whine. The Eleventh Commandment BlogTalkRadio.com
“A must read for today’s young adults! What a privilege to have an expert educator provide so much insight and inspiration through a modern story that really resonates with the tumultuous life of today’s teens. This book will make a wonderful gift for any teen you wish to see succeed.”
Krista H. Wells, Ph.D.– Military Spouse Coach and Professional Speaker
“Award-Winning Author, Daniel Blanchard shares tons of ageless wisdom in his delightful book series Granddaddy’s Secrets. If you have a youngster, make sure to read it with them. Warning- you most likely will be surprised at how much important information you, yourself, will learn.” Rev. Trent Blanchard, M.A. HR Consultant, Life Coach, Addiction Specialist, Radio Talk Show Host and Author of Triple A for the Soul- Your Pathway to Personal Freedom.
“Dan Blanchard has the making of top-notch writer, speaker and shaker & mover. His history of self-development and striving to improve himself is incredibly admirable. But more importantly, his passion for influencing the lives of adolescents positively is impressive. I can’t wait to see what Dan will accomplish in the year to come!” Bill Corbett- Professional Speaker, Author and Television Host of From Soapbox to Stage.
“Dan Blanchard has captured the essence of leadership development and teen mentoring in a series of books which reveal Granddaddy’s Secrets. The overall message of Granddaddy’s Secrets is how one generation passes on wisdom to another generation. Dan answers the question of whether change is incremental or simply a transformational event. For most of us it is the former that facilitates change in our lives and gets to the heart of how Granddaddy orchestrates change in his grandchild. As you move through the story many of the cultural issues we experience today are addressed which have broken the traditional family structure that Granddaddy grew up with. Based on this if you are a teenager who does not have a father figure this book is for you as the secrets of life are revealed through the teenager in the story by his grandfather. His grandfather is the leader/mentor who passes on lessons this child may not have received otherwise. It’s not simply a story of connection for broken homes but it is also a story of leadership development and the mentoring process. Fatherless homes would deeply resonate with this story but I think it also can have appeal for anyone who believes in teen mentoring and leadership development. Overall the story Dan has presented in his series of books is geared towards teenagers however it can be used by teachers in the classroom, parents during family time, mentors who do one-on-one mentoring, and leaders who seek to develop those they lead. Not only is this a great story but it is told by a great leader and mentor whom I greatly admire, Dan Blanchard.” Dr. Richard M. Pfohl, CEO & Founder of Navigos, a leadership consulting organization
“Dan Blanchard’s newest book, Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky? is a story of family ties and the search for wisdom, with a healthy dose of inspiration thrown in for good measure. As a parent, teacher and now a high school administrator, I know and value the importance of motivation when it comes to working with teenagers. Both young and old will find something they can relate to in Dan Blanchard’s books exploring the turbulent and challenging world of today’s youth. A must read for parents and teachers alike.” Richard Moriarty – Senior Executive Advisor-Hartford Culinary Arts Academy High School and former President of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.
”Your work is AMAZING and SO IMPORTANT!! Your caring, knowing wisdom, and believing in teens will SAVE many lives!! Your words, and insight will also be utilized as a tool to help mold, shape, and guide teens, as well as me too, for the rest of our lives! I am speaking from experience!” Julie Ann McCormick- Hartford, Connecticut