A Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog

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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

My Granddaddy once told me that the park was a great place to learn. I didn’t understand it at the time, but as I progressed through my teen years, I eventually noticed that most students who depended just on the classroom for their education rarely accomplished anything significant.

The students that went on to be successful leaders all seemed to be self-starters and self-educated beyond the classroom. Somehow these young future leaders realized that a standard education only gives standard results, and they wanted more!

Some of the most dedicated people I know are public school teachers and they are doing some amazing things with our youth. However, if you’re a teen, I want you to stop relying on your teacher for everything, and do more for yourself! Go the extra mile! If you don’t and you do what everybody else does, then you will get what everybody else gets. And I think you want more than that, don’t you?

School points you in the right direction, and even helps you get your feet off the ground. But if you’re going to be successful in hitting your target, then you’re going to have to take some responsibility in your own self-education. A standard education will only get you standard results.

You have to take your learning and leadership above and beyond the classroom, and actually start applying your knowledge and leadership skills in the real world. Volunteering in your community or even getting a job is a great way to start doing this! If you are already doing this, then ask for more responsibility so you can learn your supervisor’s job. In addition, also find someone to mentor. Many times the  best way to learn is to teach. And all the time, the best way to succeed is to go the extra mile!!!

Now, finally, please share how you plan to go the extra mile.

Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

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