“I know it’s a cliché but it’s true: the next generation of teens DO have their whole lives ahead of them,” author of The Slight Edge Jeff Olson always says. Young people have a unique opportunity to integrate the principles and philosophy of The Slight Edge into their lives early on. Through the ensuing ripple effect, these teens’ purpose-driven actions can then positively impact the world. “That’s what The Slight Edge is all about,” says Olson.
Taking advantage of this opportunity, 33 ambitious teens between the ages of 12 and 17 signed up for the annual Slight Edge for Teens Workshop to learn how having a superhero attitude can help them excel in academics and athletics which ultimately will help them achieve their biggest dreams. The workshop was held Saturday, July 22 from 1 – 4 p.m. in The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the annual Nerium International Get Real 2017 conference.
“It’s kind of awkward in the beginning. You don’t know each other but it gets really fun,” says 13-year old Ryan from Dallas, Texas. “It was easy to make friends because everyone is shy and kind of nervous but you just start a conversation and you have a friend. BOOM!” Ryan said she especially enjoyed the writing exercises on believing in yourself and loving yourself. “The snacks were really great, too!”
This year’s event was hosted by renowned youth motivational speaker, professional teacher, teen belief activist and coach of The Slight Edge Super Heroes, Victor Palomares. The three-hour workshop took teens on an inspiring journey of developing skills to encourage them to become a success in life as leaders in their community. Teens also learned about the right way to handle problems in schools such as peer pressure and bullying, which quite frankly, 13-year old Ryan was happy to discuss with someone who understands and sees it in action and offers the kids positive ways to deal with these types of issues. “Teens will fly away with bigger dreams and acquire life skills to have a winning attitude for success in academics and athletics,” explains Palomares.
“Victor is so fun to hang with, to listen to, and learn from. The Super Heroes theme was also good,” Ryan said. “The Hulk was my favorite because he is awesome,” she said.
From his home in North Hollywood, California, Palomares said, “I love working with young people and seeing them develop these necessary life skills are incredibly rewarding.” Palomares is likely to host another exciting event in the future, “It’s always my goal to help as many young people as possible. That’s my purpose, and I love it.”
The Slight Edge is used as a tool to help teens learn how to clearly define goals, and how to practice the simple, slight-edge efforts necessary for professional and personal success. Most importantly, teens learn how to accept responsibility for their own destiny and shape the futures they want and they deserve. Success for Teens: Real Teens Talk About Using The Slight Edge is available in e-book and .mp3 download. For more information, visit https://www.successfoundation.org/.