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“What you do today and in the immediate days that follow is the thing that will prove whether or not you possess the spirit of the few who DARE.” – William H. Danforth

I Dare You!

William H. Danforth

I Dare You by William H. DanforthWilliam H. Danforth (1870-1956), founder of the Ralston Purina Company and one of the founders of the American Youth Foundation, lived his life by our four-fold philosophy—believing in a balance between mental, physical, social and spiritual capacities. We present the original version of the text, written in 1931. Though some of the language and examples are specific to the social and cultural landscape of the time, the essential challenge—the dare to be one’s best, to live a balanced life, and to serve others—is timeless.

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For Real and On Purpose

Carrie Kennedy, MEd
The American Youth Foundation

This book explores the philosophy that drives the programming of the American Youth Foundation. But it does so much more. For Real and On Purpose earns its title because it’s a personal invitation to you, our reader, to discover four very important tools: your head, your heart, your body, and your spirit. If you can learn to use these four tools to their fullest potential, you can lead a balanced life that is real and very much on purpose. And then? Well, then you can make a positive difference in the world. This book is a call to move forward, and always toward your best.

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Square One

Joe Maroon, MD
Carrie Kennedy, MEd

Dr. Maroon’s rediscovery of I Dare You had such a profound and immediate impact that it propelled him to reconsider the elements so critical to successful living: health, meaningful work, relationships, and spirituality.

Through a combination of illuminating scientific explanations, deeply personal anecdotes, and additional fascinating stories about those he admires, Dr. Maroon offers keen insights into what it takes to find balance, and he helps his readers back to “square one” so they can lead more joyful, fulfilling, and successful lives.

Use promo code AYF at checkout and a generous portion of the purchase price will be donated to the American Youth Foundation.

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Action

William H. Danforth

Action by William H. DanforthWilliam H. Danforth delivered inspirational Monday Morning Messages to his employees at the Ralston Purina Company at the start of every week. Around 1929, he gathered a collection of these messages into a book, Action. His words are imbued with a sense of gratitude for the people and the causes he spotlights while continuing to emphasize the core elements of his belief in best self and balanced living. Similar to I Dare You, this original version contains examples typical of its era.

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