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Go For It! Finding Your Own Frontier

Judith Kleinfeld

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Published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 2003
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Title: Go For It! Finding Your Own Frontier

Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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The very word ‘frontier’ is a uniquely American concept. In every other Indo-European language, the word ‘frontier’ means a boundary or a limit. In America, the word ‘frontier’ came to mean the very opposite—a boundless realm of exciting possibilities. The drive to the frontier is a part of the American character, of what it means to be an American." —from the Preface Go For It! reveals the "frontier strategy"—habits of the mind that contribute to our strength and success, both as individuals and as a nation. Go For It! Shows how to find your own frontier. It could be a geographic place, in a hometown or a new town. But a frontier is a state of mind found at work or at home. It could be homebodies at their computers "homesteading the electronic frontier." We see science as the " endless frontier" and call retirement the "next frontier." Ultimately, the frontier is a choice, not just a place. It could be anywhere that unique qualities enable someone to make a contribution not made before. Author Judith Kleinfled, Ed.D. professor of psychology at the University of Alaska, liberally laces her book with inspiring stories of those who found their frontier, explaining why they develop greater personal confidence, more independence and a stronger sense of self. On frontiers, people · enjoy easier entry, less competition, and better odds of success; · stretch themselves and expand their skills; · take on tough tasks and become more resourceful and inventive; · get out of their ruts and escape the expectations of others; and · experience new places and people who inspire them, causing their creativity to soar. We Americans rejoice when individuals overcome obstacles and succeed against formidable odds. That is the frontier spirit. This self-help book, the quintessential American genre, serves as a guide to finding authentic happiness while leading satisfying and successful lives.

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AUTHOR BIO: Judith Kleinfeld, Ed. D., was transformed by the frontier, as were her husband and children. Their stories are different, but each proved the "frontier strategy" long before the author began writing Go For It! The themes of this book started to work on her honeymoon flight to Alaska, where her husband, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals FOR THE Ninth Circuit, hoped to buck the reality that the best eastern law firms still didn’t take many Jewish partners and to find a place where he could make a difference. His bride, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, with academic degrees from Wellesley College (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1966) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed. M, 1967 and Ed. D., 1970), also left behind her eastern roots and followed her heart. Her field—and for lots of smart people back east in the Sixties—was the education of black children. In her new home almost no one was studying the education of Eskimo, Indian, and Aleut children. Fascinating research problems were waiting for someone to come along and pick them up. Older son Daniel acted out his own frontier drama on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, seeking to create a kind of theater no one had ever seen before. He lived on friends’ couches versus a log cabin without running water, but the pioneering impulse was the same: Tough it out, do something daring/something worth doing, make a mark. Meanwhile daughter Rachel went to work for a major consulting firm where she is noted for not blindly following the status quo. As she says, ‘I think differently because I am an Alaska." Younger son Joshua is working in the endless frontier of bioethics. Today Judy Kleinfeld is a professor of psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she chairs the Northern Studies Graduate Program. Since 1984, her bi-weekly column, "Heartland," on issues in education and the social sciences has appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Anchorage Daily News and is often syndicated via the McClatchy News Service. One of those articles became the catalyst for Go For It! Finding Your Own Frontier. Her many previous books include Fantastic Antone Succeeds: Experiences in Educating Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fantastic Antone Grows Up: Educating Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (University of Alaska Press, 1993 and 2000, the former with co-author Siobhan Westcott) and Gender Tales: Tensions in the Schools (St. Martin’s Press, 1994, with Sue Yeriani). Judy’s research on education, fetal alcohol syndrome, and gender and other social issues, for which she has won many awards, has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Psychology Today, among others. An experienced speaker, Judy has often appeared on National Public Radio and been interviewed by national and local television and radio.

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