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Greetings! I'm Jared Smith. I'm an avid reader, fitness enthusiast, lifelong learner, school district superintendent, and the guy behind

In 2008 I accepted my first job as a school administrator.  It didn't take long to discover I had a lot to learn when it came to educational leadership.  To be honest, I relied on my extremely high energy and whatever charisma I possessed.  There came a moment when it dawned on me that leadership was the key to my professional career.  If I didn’t get better at leading people, my career would eventually stagnate and I would never reach my professional goals. 


I needed to commit myself to being a lifelong learner. 


This realization served as a catalyst for enrolling in the Superintendent's Licensure and PhD programs at Iowa State University.  As I progressed through my coursework I was motivated by the results I was starting to see. Not only was my confidence as a leader growing, I also began to see the positive impact continuing education was having in all aspects of my life.

After finishing my dissertation and earning my doctorate, my appreciation for learning continued to evolve.  I found great satisfaction in researching the theories and habits of the world's most successful people, as well as implementing new discoveries into daily practice.


By 2019 I had accumulated a substantial amount of research and notes but didn't have a method for organizing my findings.  It dawned on me that creating a website would not only serve as a place to collect my research, it would also function as an ongoing portfolio of my professional and personal development.


I am excited to use this website as a tool for sharing my passion for lifelong learning with others.  At any time I encourage you to contact me to share your thoughts and feedback.


Latest Book Summaries

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Talking to Strangers

by Malcolm Gladwell

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Content Inc.

by Joe Pulizzi

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It's The Manager

by Clifton & Harter

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The 10X Rule

by Grant Cardone

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Total Money Makeover

by Dave Ramsey

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Epic Content Marketing

by  Joe Pulizzi

Over 90 best-selling books in leadership, education, and professional growth featured and summarized 

Latest Culture Hacks

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Happy Holidays

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Top 10 Culture Hacks

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Free Vacation Time

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Kitchen Staff

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Chili & Cinnamon Rolls

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Holiday Poinsettias

Over 70 simple ideas for improving school culture that can be immediately implemented into any district or school

Latest Articles

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Future Generations

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Employee Evaluation

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Swallow Your Pride

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Elevating Staff

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Father Knows Best

A collection of articles focused primarily on leadership, education, and personal growth.

Updated Book Rankings

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Atomic Habits

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The Advantage

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 Power of Moments

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Leadership Challenge

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7 Habits of Highly...

Over 80 book titles ranked by personal and professional impact and updated regularly

Recent Speaking Engagements

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I love bringing excitement and new ideas to organizations by offering a variety of presentations to meet the needs of your district

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