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The Lifelong Activist

How to Change the World without Losing Your Way

Hillary Rettig

The Lifelong Activist is a guide to living a joyful and productive life that includes a strong progressive mission. It offers simple and clear instructions that help you figure out the form your authentic life should take, and live that life with a maximum of joy and productivity, and a minimum of fear, guilt and shame.

The book's sections are:
  • Managing Your Mission (figuring out your authentic mission)
  • Managing Your Time (building a schedule that allows you to realize that mission)
  • Managing Your Fears (beating perfectionism, procrastination and blocks to success, so you can follow your schedule)
  • Managing Your Relationships (leveraging your strengths with those of others)
The Lifelong Activist is for liberal activists, artists, campaign workers, labor organizers, volunteers, students, teachers, human services workers, and entrepreneurs, but anyone can use it and learn from it. It can act as a useful handbook for students and young people at the beginning of their careers; those contemplating a career or path change; and those at risk for burnout will find it particularly useful.

416 pp.  
7" x 10"

Lantern Books


Published:  November 2006


Hillary Rettig worked for 11 years as a business coach and microlender at two nonprofit agencies in Boston, roles in which she helped hundreds of people from all backgrounds start and grow businesses in fields including art, technology, personal services, professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. It was in the course of this work that she became acutely aware of the forces that hold so many talented, energetic, ambitious, and visionary people back, and it was this awareness that catalyzed her current mission.

Hillary now offers uniquely targeted and effective coaching and workshops on designing solutions for both procrastination and perfectionism. She is the author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block and The Lifelong Activist. Hillary's articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Future Buzz, Time Management Ninja, Tomorrow’s Professor, Authors Helping Authors, and numerous other publications. She's been interviewed in and elsewhere.

Hillary is a vegan, free software advocate, lover of life and dogs, living kidney donor, and former foster mom of four teenage Sudanese refugees. She was born in the Bronx and now lives in Kalamazoo, MI with her partner and two rescue dogs, Billy and Petey.
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