You. Your Kids. Your Business. Success….

Personal Note from Justin

Back to school!  What? Didn’t summer just start?  Maybe you are getting back from a vacation, and trying to get back into work mode.

Check out this short post from my friend Hayden Lee about SUCCESS.


Caribbean paradiseI can’t believe that it’s already Back to School time! Here are 3 tips about success that can help you and your kids have the most fulfilling and purposeful school year yet.

1.Success is a state of mind.

Success is a journey, not a destination. Success is about how you choose to think about your day regardless of how the end result will be.

Our thoughts have a huge impact on our actions.

If you’re a parent, you can choose how you want the workday to be. If you’re a teen, you can choose how you want Back to School to be even before you step foot on campus!

Instead of relying on external factors (i.e. I will be successful when I get a 4.0, or make a million dollars) to determine your success, you need to rely on internal factors. Internal factors like focusing on seeing failures as opportunities to learn, committing to staying positive, or putting in your best effort no matter what comes up.

There is only one person who can control your state of mind…and that is you.

2. Success is a choice.

Your kids can choose to learn something new, think positively, and feel better about themselves, or they can choose to think that school is pointless, be convinced that their teachers are out to get them, and let one negative thing (like not getting their ideal schedule) ruin their whole day.

It is great for both parents and their children to remember that only you can choose to put in your best effort today. Only you can choose to strive to be the best version of yourself in all areas of your life.

There are a lot of things in life that you cannot control.

What is in your control though, is how you choose to handle the situation.

3. You are successful right now. 

If you believe that success is a state of mind and that it is something that you can choose, then you are successful right now.

If you have the ability to think and have the desire to grow, learn, and challenge yourself, then you are already successful.

A successful student always focuses on learning, growing, and improving regardless of the grade.

Success is about how you choose to think about your current situation and how you take action moving forward toward your goals.

This Back to School season, what is possible if you act, think, and make choices like the successful person that you already know you are?


Hayden Lee Headshots May 2009Hayden Lee is a certified Academic Life Coach for teenagers, certified Life Coach for adults, a TEDxTalk speaker for youth, and a consultant for LA’s Incubator School. He is a cum laude graduate from UC San Diego. A former SAT and writing tutor, Hayden became a certified Academic Life Coach because he realized that at the heart of many teens’ academic struggles weren’t about capability, it was about sustaining motivation and confidence. He now helps teenagers empower themselves with the self-awareness and life skills in order to achieve academic and personal success by linking a sense of purpose, passion, and fulfillment to their work.


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