As a leader and speaker you may be called upon to mentor young people.

In this talk I gave at TEDxYouth@ElectricAvenue a number of years back I shared some of the key things I wish I had known earlier in my life with a bunch of teenagers!

I recalled that when I was a teenager I thought I knew everything, which caused me to miss a lot of “pearls” available to me. So, I talked about managing money, the importance of people, staying present, and the temporal nature of life.

You may want to share your life’s lessons, or even share my talk with a younger audience. If you do, I’d love to hear about it.

If there are subjects you’d like me to cover, or if you’re working on something and think I could be helpful, let me know!

PS – Extra Credit: Notice how I open the talk – it was very purposeful. I was trying to set them up to actually listen to my advice. Nothing is certain with teenagers, but do you think it worked?

How John Bates blew his TED TalkBy JOHN BATES / ABOUT AUTHOR
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