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Off The Beaten Trail

At 18, Jake set out on the path that had been prescribed for him and countless other teenagers around the country: college. But a health issue and an internal conflict surfaced the profound questions that would radically change his life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is there more to life than this? With raw honesty and compelling insight, Jake answers these questions and others, exploring what happens when we take a leap of faith in pursuit of our dreams. From the deepest depths of the Guatemalan jungle to being stranded on the mountaintops in Nicaragua, Jake discovers what it means to be alive and awake.

Off the Beaten Trail is a coming-of-age story that illuminates what is possible if we dare to follow our hearts and heed our intuition.

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Who is Jake

At just 20 years old, Jake has spoken live to over 11,000 people, published a best-selling book, been interviewed on over 50 podcast/radio interviews, and has been featured in top media outlets including Psychology Today and The San Diego Union-Tribune. After an unfulfilling semester in college, Jake took a bold leap of faith to pursue his dream. After hopping on a one-way flight to Guatemala, he spent four months backpacking through Central America and exploring different ways of life. He discovered there are infinite ways to live and that people can create their own destinies through self-reflection and by taking action. Jake is living proof that when we listen to our inner voice and commit to our vision, anything is possible.


Jake Heilbrunn has written an extraordinary book that every young person should read. It will inspire you and it will empower you to follow your heart and live the life of your dreams.

Jack Canfield

NYT Best Selling Author & Success Coach

Jake's story is incredible. His passion and motivation touched and engaged everyone in the room. I highly recommend Jake as a speaker for any college or event!

Jackie Kim

President of Global Brigades, USC

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