• Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout

  • How the Timeless Wisdom of One Man Can Impact an Entire Generation
  • By: Rick Rigsby
  • Narrated by: Rick Rigsby
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (482 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller

Learn how life can be enhanced, how a corporate culture can be changed, how a family can be united - by living the simple lessons of a third-grade dropout.

We live in an era of low expectations. In fact, we tend to celebrate low expectations. The way in which we choose to live and work today is a far cry from the purposeful living of our parents. 

Have we reached the point in our society where it is more important to look good rather than be good? Has the pride in doing good work been replaced by self-entitlement, perfect offices, and slick suits? 

This book reacquaints listeners with the wisdom - the common sense that was practiced simply and unwittingly by those who represent a generation gone by:

  • A generation that worked hard without complaining 
  • A generation that did whatever was necessary to support their families 
  • A generation that took pride in doing a good job 
  • A generation that had high expectations for themselves and the others they were responsible for 

One such member of this generation was a third-grade dropout, a man who never hid behind any excuse. A man who never allowed his problems or lack of a formal education to determine his present or affect his future. A man who realized that destiny was a choice and not a chance. 

This book communicates lessons from that man’s life - the kind of wisdom that is rare in society today. It’s the kind of wisdom that will help you be a better person, a greater leader, a more effective worker.

That man was Rick Rigsby’s father, and this book contains his impactful, far-reaching story - of how a life can be enhanced, of how a corporate culture can be changed, of how a family can be united - by living the simple lessons of a third-grade dropout.

©2006 Rick Rigsby (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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A Mans, Man

Fathers not only teach us, but the make us men in the process. I thank God for your father as the things he taught you, my father also taught. We all need a reminder ever so often. God Bless!

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excellent

This is the first audible book I listened to in it entirety without a break. I first heard Dr.Rigsby speaking to college grads on FB. His father was amazing. I will incorporate his mentality into my life and share it with my son.

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message was good

I definitely liked the message of the book. The storyline was pretty good. I like the book.

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Great Book. Choose to always STAND!! What a read.

Loved it! For someone that hates to read, this audio was perfect and right on time for my life. There is invaluable lessons being taught. Thank you.

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outstanding

Ricks story is amazingly uplifting, hes very fortunate to have been taught so many lessons from his father, then to pass those lessons to us is a true Blessing.

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Fantastic!

What a wonderful, honest and grounded outlook on Life and how to live a meaningful Life.

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Great!!

This book cuts through all the wasted use of English words and gets right to life lesson that can without a doubt make you a better person. Following this self assessment will tell you exactly who you are and what you need to do improve. One of the best self help books I’ve read in years.

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great advice

This this is a great book well worth purchasing. I'm going to pass it on to some people I know and hopes that they read it.

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Outstanding!!

Excellent listening. I encourage you to grab a pen and paper. Great instructions to past on to the next generation. Every father and mother should read and share with their sons.

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Found lessons

Inspirational with reflections on the gifts my own Father has given me. A heart opening journey through life.

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  • Viktorija
  • 06-07-22

Amazing book

Amazing book, I loved it. Very interesting story, couldn't stop listening. Very well written and some very good advice.

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  • T.
  • 09-27-21

Preach, Sermonising or Teaching?

I think it has wisdom but I think it went to the same swishing tree to bark its wisdom. I wished for more ripples of laughter to intercede this melancholy tale.. To laugh at the donkey's tale of my life. To see the swish and laugh with. it,..

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  • X-man
  • 09-14-20

Profound Wisdom for Life

So refreshing to hear Godly, practical and sincere principles, delivered in a way that puts a challenge to the listener to live better.
Thank you!

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  • Kate Jackson
  • 05-30-20

Meandering

So last week I saw a speech by the author on YouTube and it was funny, engaging and insightful. I subsequently saw he had an audiobook and got excited. This was a colossal waste of three hours of your life. It is filled with him repeating the same stories over and over again (such as if he parents said jump, he’d say how how, is repeated several times) and it is remarkably tedious as he lambasts people who name-drop, only to constantly do it himself throughout the runtime. Seriously, don’t waste your time and/or money

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  • 05-24-20

Awesome

A must read by everyone who values character, integrity and wish to encourage others to do so.

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  • R. Petersen
  • 01-31-18

A message stretch out

Although I like the messages delivered in this audiobook, I could have been told in half the time. The author goes on and on before getting to the next advise. I did put in 4 stars in performance, but that is not for a good delivery of the message, but that his voice is pleasant to listen to. I do not recommend this book. Too little take away, and although the audio is on the short side, it should have been a lot shorter.

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  • 01-15-18

Time to reflect and learn

Reflection that our generation has to make and learn from the previous generation.

We have forgotten the allegiance with discipline and have instead embraced convenience.

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  • Yuli
  • 07-28-20

I absolutely love this book!

This is an audio book that will need to be relistened over and over again. the key messages are so simple, yet easily forgotten and hard to apply. when the world is selling us the myth: live to impress, Rick reminds us to live to impact. That hardship isn't a reason to give up, but a journey to go through and become. highly recommend this book!