Adulting 101

In this two book series perfect for graduates, authors Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty will equip young adults to survive adulthood with wisdom for life so they can live their best life.

Adulting 101 Book 1: #Wisdom4Life

Adulting (verb): To do grown-up things and have responsibilities such as a working full time, paying rent, or owning a car.

Basic life skills go mostly untaught in classrooms, so graduates are on their own to figure out how to live successfully in the world. Without any guidance, where do you start? Adulting 101 is a clever, practical, and timely guide to show how to:

  • Find a job and be wildly successful at work
  • Buy the items you need as an adult (apartment, car, insurance)
  • Set goals, prioritize, and get work done
  • Communicate professionally and effectively
  • Save and invest wisely
  • Navigate personal and professional relationships
  • Avoid the common mistakes of being out on your own
  • And much, much more

This book will give you what you need to succeed and make a real impact, inspiring you to change the world and be the person you were meant to be.

“A must-read book for those entering the real world.”

ANDY STANLEY, founder of North Point Ministries

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Adulting 101 Book 2: #liveyourbestlife

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

Welcome to your twenties: the land of in-between. It’s a decade of transition and change that carries an expectation of figuring it all out by thirty. Many of us launch into this season of life feeling woefully unprepared and anxious, wondering how we can already feel so lost.

Adulting 101 Book 2: #liveyourbestlife provides you with a clear vision of what a healthy adult looks like, equips you with the necessary tools to begin a meaningful adulthood, and offers critical resources to fulfill your purpose. With relatable stories, relevant research, and input from trusted mental health professionals, this book will help you:

  • assess yourself honestly
  • implement lasting, healthy habits
  • develop social awareness and emotional and cultural intelligence
  • cultivate grit and resilience
  • identify signs of anxiety, depression, and loneliness and gain coping skills

Your twenties are an opportunity to shape yourself into the adult you want to become. Be the best you and live your best life.

This book will give you what you need to succeed and make a real impact, inspiring you to change the world and be the person you were meant to be.

“Everything you need to know for less stress and more success in the real world is right here. Adulting 101 is your road map.”

VALORIE BURTON, CEO of The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute

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About Josh Burnette

Josh Burnette is a husband, dad, business owner, and author who currently resides in Yorktown, Virginia. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, he started working for Chick-fil-A as a team member when he was barely old enough to see over the counter. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from James Madison University in 2009 (Go Dukes!). Throughout college, he served as a Young Life leader for a local high school, and his passion for mentoring young people began. After graduating, he went to work full time for a Young Life camp in Buena Vista, Colorado. He decided to return to Chick-fil-A to combine his loves for business and working with young people. He has served as an owner/operator for over nine years and currently operates a restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia. Josh is a certified speaker with SCORRE workshops and has had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for Verizon Wireless. Josh is married to his gorgeous wife, Katie, and they have three young children, Lyla, Brody, and Griffin. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering on several boards in the community, and snowboarding. Connect with Josh any time at

About Pete Hardesty

Pete Hardesty lives in the Washington, D.C. area and serves as the Young Life college divisional coordinator in the Eastern Division. Pete grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was pre-med with the emphasis on “pre.” He then joined the staff of Young Life in Virginia Beach, where he served for seven years before moving to the friendly city of Harrisonburg in 2004. After being the area director for Young Life in Harrisonburg for eight years, Pete transitioned to start Young Life College at James Madison University in 2012. Pete loves being around college students even though they make him feel old. He crammed his three years of grad school into seventeen and finally received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014. A passion for the Middle East has inspired Pete to lead Holy Land trips for the last ten years, with a focus on serving Palestinian kids in the West Bank. He is a frequent international keynote speaker with experience in places such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and all over the US. He is a speaker coach with SCORRE workshops and loves helping people become excellent communicators. Pete has been working with young people for twenty-five years. They are still his favorite. He loves people and creating environments where they can thrive and achieve their potential. His two nieces are the apple of his eye. Connect with Pete or invite him to speak at and read more of his work at