My Success MBA: 12 Skills Kids Need to Thrive in the 21st Century

It’s called “My Success MBA”

As a parent, you probably haven’t heard of it, until now.

However, you’re about to learn what it is and why you’ll want to practice it as a family.

Before diving deep into what My Success MBA is, though, let’s take a quick moment to share how it was developed.

There’s been a lot of talk about our education system here in the United States.

According to Ted Dintersmith in his book, “What School Could Be,” we’re in an interesting time.

He shares: “If we continue to play small ball, and hold our teachers and students accountable to inauthentic, low-level measures, we’ll be preparing our children to fail.”

Teachers want to do so much more, yet the education system is holding many back. These teachers want the best for our children, but our system is antiquated and our students become the victims.

Yes, K-8 needs a bit of “standardized testing” but in 8-12, we need a change.

We should be moving more towards creating an education system that nurtures creativity rather than a system that suffocates it, as Sir Ken Robinson points out in his world famous Ted Talk.

It’s sad, because students know this also.

They desperately want change and, unfortunately, many begin to gain a distaste for learning because of the system.

Down below you’ll see two popular videos we discuss in various “My Success MBA” points, by the popular Prince EA.

One video has over 13 Million views and 58,000+ comments and another of his recent videos has over 46,000 comments in just 30 days.

When you begin to look through the comments, you’ll see they’re from students who are fed up.

Thus, we said enough is enough.

Why We Developed My Success MBA

Realizing change wasn’t happening soon and with our teachers handcuffed, we started doing research.

It’s going to be us, parents at home, making sure our children are ready for the new economy (discussed in this post).

We interviewed top psychologists, psychiatrists, peak performance coaches, and educators to develop a system.

You’re probably familiar with “The Four Cs” identified as the most important skills required for 21st-century education.

They’re critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

We took it one step further and include three core ingredients:

  • Emotional Fitness: Life can be challenging at times with fears, stress, anger, anxiety and tons of other feelings. Those who learn strategies to deal with these emotions have an unstoppable, optimistic outlook on life.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Having an entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t mean you need to be an entrepreneur. You may be an intrapreneneur who’s sought-after by universities and corporations. Why? Because you’re ambitious, strong, innovative, resilient, confident and creative.
  • North Star: Finding your North Star is really about having a personal mission statement for where you want to go in life. Not what you want to be, it’s bigger, it’s finding your purpose. Ultimately, it’s having something bigger than ourselves. When you have this you can hold yourself accountable by assessing whether your daily actions are pulling you towards your purpose or pushing it further away.

What’s our Big Goal for Your Family

I love the following quote:

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” Jonathan Swift

It so perfectly describes so many young children who are so creative.

Creativity, though, begins to go dormant in many as we age, although this isn’t the case for game changers.

Take Steve Jobs who, in 1983, predicted a computer in a book you would carry around (iPad).

Your child, I’m sure, has visions of what might be invisible to others. It may be something so simple as a love for music. But maybe they don’t have the best vocals and feel a future in music is impossible.

What if one conversation could uncover that and change their future? This way they have a future of purpose and see a path that will help them get there.

That’s the goal behind our MBA Table Talk. It’s to help create more meaningful conversations that have a greater impact on your child’s future.

For instance, if you’ve taken part in our 7-Day Challenge, for 7 days you work on the question as a family: “What is Freedom?”

Day 1 you’ll have that typical response from most kids that it’s to “do what I want.”

But as the challenge progresses, what happens is magical for the entire family.

We want to create those types of conversations frequently for families so in 20 Years your child will say to you, “remember when we spoke about ‘X’ that one time? Well, it changed my life.”

To create these conversations we use the My Success MBA framework, which experts have shared with us are the core ingredients our children need to master before heading out on their own.

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The My Success MBA Framework

As you see in the image below, My Success MBA is an acronym that stands for:

  • Money & Business
  • Your Inner Circle
  • Self-Confidence
  • Understanding & Empathy
  • Courage & Resiliency
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Fitness
  • Self-Control & Discipline
  • Setting Goals & Managing Time
  • Memory Power
  • Body & Health, and
  • Anxiety & Stress Management

My Success MBA Framework

Below I’ll be going over each of these skills individually and explain why they’re invaluable for lifelong success. I’m also including real-life examples of the life lesson in action, many taken directly from our Table Talks.

My Success MBA: Money & Business

Obviously, it goes without saying that you need money to survive and thrive in today’s world. However, this skill set includes not only financial wealth but also the entrepreneurial mindset.

Fiverr’s CEO, Micha Kaufman, has made the claim that, in his opinion, the entrepreneurial mindset is a key element of success. Shark Tank investor Daymond John opens his most recent book, The Power of Broke, by emphasizing the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset.

The reality is that entrepreneurship is not just about owning a business. It’s about developing practical skills that allow you to set and achieve your goals.

Which, quite frankly, makes it really attractive to employers.

In fact, employers today are very vocal about the need for the entrepreneurial mindset in the workplace.

According to NFTE‘s 2017 study, “over 90% of U.S. employers identified entrepreneurial skills as ‘very important,’ and 1 in 3 say that they actively seek entrepreneurial skills when hiring.”

This is exactly what happened to Mark Zuckerberg.

While in high school, he created Synapse Media Player, a program that can detect users’ music listening habits by using artificial intelligence. This sparked interest in him by companies such as Microsoft and AOL. He turned them down as he wanted to go to college instead!

It’s not just employers chasing young entrepreneurs to join their teams, though. Colleges are as well.

Tania Speaks is a great example of this.

The 16-year-old girl was bullied both verbally and physically because of her eyebrows, causing her to actually shave them off. She needed assistance growing them back and that turned her discovery into a business, and in 2016 she launched Brow Boost. After a year of business, she introduced a line of men’s organic hair growth products called Beard Boost. She worked hard both at her business and school and was even able to skip her junior year and got accepted into Hofstra University.

The university was more impressed with her hard work and ambition (her entrepreneurial mindset) than by her skipping her junior year.

My Success MBA: Your Inner Circle

Have you ever heard the phrase, “your network is your net worth”?

While “Your Inner Circle” isn’t necessarily about financial wealth, it does drive home the point that the people you surround yourself with, your inner circle, can have a lifelong impact.

Rapper Snoop Dogg has spoken on more than one occasion about how he had to leave many of his friends behind during his rise to fame, as he recognized they were going to hold him back.

Author and podcaster Tim Ferriss has said that when he was 12, he heard the Jim Rohn quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

According to Tim, this quote changed his life forever. He couldn’t get the idea out of his mind. At 12 years old, he recognized that the people he was hanging out with were not the ones he wanted influencing his future.

So he went to his mom and dad and asked to change schools. Four years later, in his junior year of high school, he decided to continue his education in Japan. He later attended Princeton University, where he became an All-American wrestler and national kickboxing champion. He had figured out what every successful person knows: we become like the people we hang out with.

Dwayne Johnson is another great example.

He had a tough start in life, going from home to home. His family’s financial problems and instability led him down a destructive path as a teen. However, it was the appearance of the football coach in his life that changed everything for him.

During a school day he decided to use the teacher’s lounge bathroom rather than the one reserved for students.

A teacher came in and told him that he couldn’t be in there. To which Dwayne responded, “Okay, I’ll leave when I’m done.”

The following day Dwayne found the teacher and apologized for his behavior.

“He shook my hand. I’ll never forget that shake—he wouldn’t let it go—[and he] said, ‘I want you to do something for me… I want you to come out and play football for me.’”

The decision to do that changed Dwayne Johnson’s life. The teacher was the head football coach and he became a father figure and mentor to Dwayne.

The bottom line: surrounding yourself with the ambitious, hardworking who are destined for success will increase the likelihood that you (or your kids) will follow the same path.

My Success MBA: Self-Confidence

It’s not hard to see why a strong sense of self-confidence is so important to thrive today.

Without confidence, you wouldn’t have the courage to try new things or be open to new relationships. The stronger your belief in yourself, the more capable you’ll be of bouncing back from failure. A strong sense of self-confidence also makes it easier to face obstacles head-on.

Every study conducted on self-confidence and success over the last 50 years has proven that the two are related. Self-confident people are more successful in all areas of life, and successful people have a strong sense of self-confidence.

If there’s anyone who is confident in herself, it’s Lady Gaga.

Her Netflix documentary, released in September, featured Gaga in her most vulnerable state yet, from rehearsing a high-wire performance at the Super Bowl to more down to earth moments like cooking at home and having a meltdown on the set of “American Horror Story.”

“All my insecurities are gone, I don’t feel insecure about who am I as a woman,” she says in the documentary.

She tells Variety, “I made a decision really early on that I wanted Chris (Moukarbel, the film’s director) to have full access to me and my life. I just blocked the cameras out so they could capture the realities of my life.”

For those who need a little boost in the self-confidence department, affirmations and visualization can help out (even if it does sound woo-woo).

Actress Lena Dunham says, “I remember looking in the mirror as a kid and it would be like for an hour at a time, and I’d be like: ‘I’m just so beautiful. Everybody is so lucky that they get to look at me.’ And of course that changes as you get older, but I may have held on to that little-kid feeling that was me alone in my bathroom.”

Jim Carrey was also a strong believer in visualization to increase his confidence.

When he wasn’t doing anything in Hollywood, he would drive up and sit in his car on Mulholland Drive, look at the city, stretch out his arms and say, “Everyone wants to work with me. I’m a really good actor. I have all kinds of great movie offers.”

People who are confident in their abilities approach difficult tasks as challenges that they want to tackle, rather than threats to avoid. They are more likely to set challenging goals and commit to achieving them. Confident people recover quickly after failure or setback and attribute failure to a lack of effort or knowledge…not a reflection of their self-worth.

My Success MBA: Understanding & Empathy

We’re pretty well-attuned to our own feelings and emotions, but because of empathy, we’re able to understand the emotions another person is experiencing.

The reality is, though, that practicing empathy will lead to greater success personally and professionally. And the more you practice empathy, the happier you will be.

You’ll be better at meeting the needs of those around you and will actually be better able to motivate people. You’ll have an easier time working through conflicts because you’ll be more capable of understanding the other person’s perspective. You’ll even be able to handle the negativity of others better because you’ll be able to understand their fears and motivations.

My favorite celebrity example of empathy and compassion is of Zach Galifianakis. When he was just a struggling actor and comedian, he made an unlikely friend in a laundromat. Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, now 87, volunteered and lived at the laundromat in Santa Monica, surviving off the tips from customers for 18 years.

After the success of The Hangover, Zach stopped using the laundromat, although he still went back periodically to visit Mimi. When he found out that she became homeless, he found her a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment and took responsibility for her rent and utilities. His friend, Renee Zellweger, helped Mimi decorate the apartment and stops by periodically with groceries. Zach has taken her to the last two Hangover movie premiers as well.

The bottom line is that, through empathy, you will be a better leader, a better follower, and a better friend.

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My Success MBA: Courage & Resiliency

We all want to be resilient and raise resilient kids, able to take on challenges and overcome their fears.

We asked a question in our Table Talks once, “If we learn from our mistakes, why are we afraid to fail?”

It’s a great question, right?

We all hate failure. We hate mistakes. We want everything to be smooth sailing… and yet, it’s through failure that some of our greatest moments of learning and progress are made!

The key is to redefine failure and see it as just a part of the process, rather than a setback.

And if anyone has accomplished this, it’s Sara Blakely.

The Spanx founder is the youngest self-made female billionaire in America. And she credits a lot of her success to her father encouraging failure.

When Blakely was growing up, her father would often ask her the same question at dinnertime.

“What have you failed at this week?” Blakely recalled in an interview. “My dad growing up encouraged me and my brother to fail. The gift he was giving me is that failure is (when you are) not trying versus the outcome. It’s really allowed me to be much freer in trying things and spreading my wings in life.”

She was selling fax machines door-to-door before she came up with the idea for Spanx. Her string of early career failures eventually led Blakely to the Spanx idea. “I ended up at Disney World trying out to be Goofy. They wanted me to be 5′ 8″, but I was 5′ 6″. They wanted me to be a chipmunk.”

She passed on the chipmunk offer and ended up selling fax machines for seven years. Then she discovered that, as a consumer, “there was a void between the traditional underwear and the heavy-duty girdle.” She cut the feet out of control-top pantyhose and made her own modifications to create Spanx.

It was a difficult road from idea to marketplace, although she says that her lack of knowledge actually worked in her favor.

“What you don’t know can become your greatest asset if you’ll let it and if you have the confidence to say, I’m going to do it anyway even though I haven’t been taught or somebody hasn’t shown me the way,” she said.

Another example of courage and resiliency is found in teen entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth

He was picked on for being dyslexic. Kids told him that he was a nobody and always would be.

He could have let the bullying crush him, but he didn’t. Instead, he looked to Richard Branson, who also struggled with dyslexia in school. He decided, as Branson had done, to let the bullies fuel his fire.

Ollie launched his first business at only 13, three years younger than Branson was when he braved his first venture. It’s an online gift boutique for teens and their parents called Ollie’s Shop. With the help of family and friends, Ollie fulfills several orders a day from his home, where he stores his stock, some of which he sources from China.

“When I hit my first 10,000 [$16,870], I knew I had something here. That’s when the light went off! I knew I was on the journey to success, and, so far, I’ve been lucky. I have never lost a penny.”

My Success MBA: Conflict Management & Resolution

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Whether you’re dealing with family, your romantic relationships or your work relationships, conflicts are going to happen. The key is learning to handle them in a healthy way. When conflict is handled in a respectful and positive way, it actually provides an opportunity for growth, strengthening the relationship between the two people or, at the very least, helping them come to a better understanding.

If they aren’t able to do this, however, relationships are often damaged or severed entirely.

This was the case with two brothers who, independently, founded two of the largest shoe companies in the world.

The second largest sneaker company, Adidas, and the ninth largest, Puma, were started originally by the Dassler brothers out of their mother’s laundry room in the 1920’s. The business boomed after a gold-medal-winning Olympian wore their sneakers in the 1930’s. During World War II, the brothers had a fight that continued to brew. They split the businesses shortly after the War and competed against one another.

One brother, Adolf, had the nickname Adi, so he combined his first name Adi and last Dassler (Das) to make Adidas. The other brother named his company Ruda but changed it to Puma. Adidas is now doing $23 Billion a year. The two brothers never spoke again but the families did connect and in 2009 the two companies played in a friendly Soccer match together.

With the enormous success both companies have achieved, though, you can’t help but wonder what they could have accomplished had they worked through their differences and joined forces to build the largest sneaker brand possible.

My Success MBA: Emotional Fitness

Are you emotionally fit?

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, it basically refers to your emotional well being. Do you practice mindfulness? Are you grateful? Are you able to manage your emotions or do your emotions manage you (and your decisions)?

An emotionally strong person is resilient, able to gain knowledge and understanding from their struggles and is able to make decisions without letting their emotions (like fear) run the show.

Earlier this year actress Goldie Hawn told CNBC that when it comes to happiness and success, you have “a choice to look at the glass half full or the glass half empty.”

“And I think that if you change your mind and look at the glass half full, even when you’re feeling like (the “Winnie the Pooh” character) Eeyore and you change your mind, your brain reacts. And that’s interesting,” Hawn added.

“So if you look at the potential of that glass half full and think about it for a minute. It would change the way your brain fires — and neurons that fire together, wire together,” she explained.

One big part of being emotionally fit is practicing gratitude.

Successful entrepreneurs, authors, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Tim Ferriss, and others all have one thing in common: to achieve more, to be happy, and to make a difference, they consciously practice gratitude.

Oprah shares, “For years I’ve been advocating the power and pleasure of being grateful. I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail—and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away.”

She goes on to say, “A few years ago, when I came across [a] journal entry, I wondered why I no longer felt the joy of simple moments… I had accumulated more wealth, more responsibility, more possessions; everything, it seemed, had grown exponentially—except my happiness… I wasn’t feeling much of anything. Too busy doing. But the truth is, I was busy in 1996, too. I just made gratitude a daily priority… Today, though, I’m continuously grateful for having the stamina to keep going at this pace. Nothing I do can be “phoned in”; when I show up, I have to bring 100 percent all the time…The difference is, I’m back to journaling—electronically—and whenever there’s a grateful moment, I note it. I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.”

My Success MBA: Self-Control & Discipline

Many people think of self-discipline as a limiting behavior that keeps you on a rigid schedule and living in a restrictive lifestyle. And while, in its simplest form, self-discipline is what pushes you to do what you need to do, even when you don’t want to do it… I would argue that it’s through self-discipline that you find freedom.

Self-discipline enables you to hang on and keep going, despite setbacks or failure. It gives you the power to resist temptation and distractions that could get in the way of what you really want.

So it’s through self-discipline that you’re able to achieve your goals and have the freedom to live whatever life you choose for yourself.

And if there’s anyone who has mastered the art of self-discipline to achieve massive success, it’s Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee is renowned as one of the greatest martial artists of our time. During his life, he achieved amazing levels of physical endeavor and taught millions around the world.

And he accomplished this as a direct result of self-discipline.

Lee trained all the time. He practiced chi sao (flowing hands, an energy movement exercise from Wing Chun) while driving. He did wrist curls or bicep curls with his off-hand while reading philosophy. He would switch the book to the other hand while he trained the other arm. He trained four to six hours a day, sometimes more, always trying to maximize his potential.

The ultimate point, though, is that when we push ourselves and go beyond our limits, mentally, physically and emotionally, we can achieve amazing things that we never believed possible.

That is self-discipline.

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My Success MBA: Setting Goals & Managing Time

The most successful athletes and business people all make a habit of setting goals. Doing so gives you not only long-term vision for where you’re headed and what you want to accomplish (your North Star), but it also gives you the short-term motivation to keep going.

Setting goals focuses your acquisition of knowledge, helps you decide how to organize your time and influences the daily habits you set for yourself.

Damon John shared in an interview, “My goals are always the same. So it’s 10 goals I read every morning and every night. Seven of them expire in six months and the others expire in five years, 10 years, and 20 years. They are [based on] faith, family, business, health, and career.”

He goes on to say, “Goal setting is a very specific thing. It’s not ‘I want to lose weight.’ It’s ‘I will drink 10 glasses of water per day. I will not eat fried foods or red meat. I will walk over 10,000 steps per day, do cardio in the morning, and weightlift at night.'”

“You shouldn’t accomplish them if they are large enough. You should just get close to them. It makes you take one bit of an action in the morning or in the evening toward a goal. Will I drink 10 glasses of water every day? No. Will I do all those pushups every day? No, but will it make me get that green drink in the morning instead of the cheeseburger? Yes. And each one of those gets you closer.”

Part of goal setting, of course, also means creating routines that will allow you to maximize your potential and better or more quickly achieve those goals.

Richard Branson, for example, takes great care in sticking to his nightly routine.

He shares, “I always like to wrap up the evening with a sit-down dinner. The dinner table is a wonderful setting for conversation and laughter. I can’t tell you how many ideas have been dreamed up around the dinner table on Necker Island; some which are now driving the Virgin brand forward. After dinner, I like to retreat to a quiet space with a cup of tea and do a quick email and social media sweep… But I make sure to switch off from the digital world for a while before going to sleep, so my brain can unwind. If I have some time to spare, I’ll read for a bit, or perhaps watch a documentary, to help me relax and put me in a great frame of mind to get a good night’s sleep. Then it’s in bed and lights out, hopefully by 11pm.”

What rituals could you create in your life that would help you in achieving the goals you have for your life?

My Success MBA: Memory Power

You probably know this already, but cramming doesn’t work.

Memorizing facts for the sake of memorizing facts doesn’t result in actual learning.

Just take a look at what happened at this New Jersey prep school.

After summer break, an elite New Jersey prep school gave students a simplified version of the final science exam they’d taken at the end of the year, just three months earlier. The first time students took the test, the average grade was an 87. When they took the exam again in September? 58.

Crazy, right?

But it does prove the point that just cramming information in your brain to get through a test doesn’t result in long-term learning or retention.

Which means that the strategy doesn’t set you up for long-term success.

What both students and adults need is a strategy for absorbing information quickly and then actually retaining it so it’s there to put to good use.

No one has accomplished this better than Jim Kwik.

Growing up, he was known as the “boy with the broken brain.”

A head injury at the age of five left him slow in school. He even believed he would never be as good at the other kids at learning.

But as the years went on, he decided he wanted to figure out why his brain was broken and what he could do to fix it.

“That journey led me to discovering different learning habits, including accelerating learning systems and tactics,” he says.

The reality is that we can rebuild our brains. We can absorb information quickly, in a way that allows our minds to retain it. You just need the right strategies to let you accomplish that.

My Success MBA: Body & Health

There has been a growing trend in our culture, where exhaustion has become a status symbol. In fact, in her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown speaks about the danger of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as a metric of self-worth.

People post constantly on Instagram and Twitter about the “Hustle” and the “Grind.”

Unfortunately, it’s taken a toll on the long-term health of many individuals.

Bestselling author and fitness entrepreneur Charlene Johnson recently acknowledged that years of working late nights on her business and getting up only hours later to prioritize her workout or teach fitness classes took a toll on her brain.

She shares, “This habit is more detrimental to our health than almost anything else you do… even more than smoking! It’s time for me to be real… to be honest. I want to bring awareness to this issue because it has such a dramatic effect on your health. It’s sleep. We’ve heard it a million times that we need more sleep. But the reality of it is that we are seriously sleep deprived. I know that YOU know that sleep is incredibly important. But honestly, what’s it going to take to make a change. For me it was a brain scan that revealed that I had brain damage due to years and years of lack of sleep.”

And even though we all are amazed by his success and fearlessness, Elon Musk admitted that the 120-hour work weeks he’s been logging are taking a toll on his well-being.

Sleep expert and neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s research suggests that routinely getting only six or even seven hours of sleep each night can have serious long-term consequences to your health, and in some cases even kill you.

That’s why it’s so important that, regardless of what goals you’re chasing and what you’re doing during the day, you must prioritize your health and body.

That means maintaining an overall healthy diet, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, and making sleep a priority.

Actress Jennifer Aniston has an intense morning routine! Next to meditation, as a foundation for her overall well-being, she prioritizes exercise to keep herself strong and increase her energy levels.

In an interview with Yahoo Beauty she said:

“[A while] ago I started doing TM [Transcendental Meditation] and that really changed everything. Starting your day off with that and ending with that is pretty powerful. Twenty minutes, you just notice the difference! When I get lazy and don’t get it in, I can feel a difference in the day. So I try to meditate first thing when I wake up.

Then I’ll do a workout of some sort. I have a trainer, a wonderful woman who I do this spin-yoga class [with]. We spin for half an hour and then do yoga for 40 minutes. That’s pretty intense.

Then I go to a gym, where I do strength training or just my own thing on the treadmill, the bike, or the elliptical, just to change things up.”

This may sound like a lot, but if you aren’t into fitness, start small, with just 30 minutes of SOMETHING every day.

It’s easy to brush off that because Jennifer is a successful actress, she can afford to have a morning routine like this, or that her body IS her product. However, I would argue that she’s successful because she’s self-disciplined enough to take care of herself and prioritize her health in the first place.

And give meditation a try… starting with just 5 minutes per day! There are tons of apps out there to help you get started. Who knows what that five minutes of self-care each day will lead to.

My Success MBA: Anxiety & Stress Management

Have you noticed that people are always talking about the need for balance?

There’s a reason.

In our fast-moving world, today, too much stress and too little balance is an ongoing threat to happiness and well-being.

Stress isn’t going away though. Whether you’re in high school, facing the stress of performing in sports or passing a test, or whether you’re in the business world, coping with the stress of having to meet tight deadlines, stress is going to be there.

We’re not exempt from stress, nor the health risks that are associated with chronic stress.

That’s why the most successful leaders, entrepreneurs, and CEOs developed habits to reduce or manage their stress and help keep them balanced and energized.

Here are a few examples:

Meg Whitman is the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, prioritizes time for fly fishing! She picked up the hobby because her 16-year-old was anxious to learn and the two of them go together five or six times a year.

The Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the second-richest person in the world. In an interview with the Academy of Achievement, he said that his way of dealing with stress and setbacks is using laughter.

He added, “Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation — even if it’s not solved — the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.”

Even though both of these people are managing their stress in different ways, the key is that they are using specific techniques and strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. They aren’t allowing it to build up to the point that it’s unmanageable.

Final Thoughts on My Success MBA

These 12 core ingredients are key for students who want to thrive after high school. Some may come naturally and some may require effort, but all of them can be learned. They include:

  • Money & Business
  • Your Inner Circle
  • Self-Confidence
  • Understanding & Empathy
  • Courage & Resiliency
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Fitness
  • Self-Control & Discipline
  • Setting Goals & Managing Time
  • Memory Power
  • Body & Health
  • Anxiety & Stress Management

It’s our mission to help families have powerful conversations that strengthen the family, help kids identify their north star, and guide them to be more emotionally fit… all while teaching the entrepreneurial mindset.

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About The Author

Michael Kawula

I’m a husband and father of 3 amazing children. For the last 20-Years I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. My goal is to help parents empower all our children to achieve their inner greatness.I’m an author, Inc. 500 featured Company, have been interviewed by Anthony Robbins, CNN and featured in over 100 publications over the last few years.