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“The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

The idea of taking a “Gap Year” between high school and college has been a trending topic since Malia Obama announced her decision to take a year off before she attends Harvard University.

In light of graduation season, this topic seems to be sticking in many hearts and minds. I got firsthand proof of this last week when I was interviewed about my new book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life on St. Louis Public Radio with Don Marsh at a live, broadcast event. Audience members in studio and online were able to ask questions. In 60 minutes, we took five questions and two of them pertained to Gap Year.

My new Huffington Post Education post shares my response to their questions and thoughts on ‪#‎GapYear.

Read the full article and share your own thoughts here.

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