Break the Cycle!

A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! We can break the cycle. We can be that big strong oak in our family tree that everyone looks up to. We can be the one who changed it all for the better. We can be our present family and future family’s hero! But, first, here is the challenging part: […]

Success Comes From The Inside!

A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! Success is something we feel on the inside when we think about our contributions to society. Success does not come from other people, titles, or a reputation. We can have all of these things and still feel like something is missing. In short, sometimes we feel unhappy regardless of what […]

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

 Borrow this book if you have to! Borrow the information inside of the book if you are smart! And make it yours if you are wise! “As the wail of newborns testifies, we humans have intense feelings from the moment we are born,” says Daniel Goleman author of, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More […]

I Don’t Have Time to Die!

           A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! I don’t have time to die is a pretty arrogant statement. But think about how awesome it would be to have that much purpose in our lives, and to truly believe that even a very full and long life is not enough time to get done all the good things […]

Daniel Blanchard’s Blog Interview of Humberto Vargas

 Like myself, Humberto got his start in the rough neighborhoods of the North end of Hartford where he was constantly surrounded by gangs and violence. One summer he was even homeless and lived in a shelter. But that didn’t stop Humberto from graduating high school and going on to being a firefighter and a boxer. […]

It Takes Discipline!

A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! Wouldn’t you say that the discipline it takes to get up early every morning, get all of our stuff done, eat right and properly take care of ourselves every day is hard? Well, I agree with you. It is hard to do all the things that we are supposed to […]

Life is About the Little Things!

A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! Toss a tiny pebble in a calm mirror-like lake on a beautiful summer’s day and watch what happens. That tiny pebble that you just tossed a short distance landed in the calm picturesque lake without much of a splash and barely made a sound. Most likely, nobody notice this apparently […]

Daniel Blanchard’s Blog Interview of Paulette Fox

 For the past thirty years Paulette Fox has been the Executive Director of the oldest employment and training program in the United States- Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC). Based in New Britain, Paulette has spent the majority of her adult life preparing our youth for the world of work and to be good, voting citizens in their […]

Get Up Off Your Back!

A Unique Teen Leadership Blog! Many years ago I was a two-time state champion wrestler and a two-time Junior Olympian wrestler. In addition, I coached wrestling for 14-years; in which two of those years I also coached the Junior Olympic wrestling team. During all those years as an athlete, and then a coach, I learned […]