(Middle School – High School)

Every generation has it challenges. In today’s day and age, pre-teens through adolescence are bombarded by so much information, it’s a challenge to sift through the noise. Adam drowns out the noise and brings clarity to these future leaders. He does it in an exciting and engaging way that is relatable for them. He reinforces his themes with pictures and videos, not to mention – – the occasional emoji.

At the top of the presentation is a definition of courage. Adam highlights that courage is simply a choice. With a basic explanation of proactive versus reactive, Adam underscores the point that a requirement of courage is to make a conscious decision ahead of time. In this way, the seed of courage is carefully planted.

The presentation is anchored in three simple themes;

1) Give your best. Adam does not water down “your best”. He differentiates between; showing up, trying hard, and giving your best. He makes it clear that only one of them is maximizing potential. Ask a teenager, “do you prefer an average or great outcome?” on something they care about. If greatness is preferred, then know the road to get there is with maximum effort along the way.

2) Perseverance. If a gadget does not work or is simply “too slow”, then an immediate hunt for the replacement begins. That behavior potentially leads to a reflective instinct of disengagement at the first sign of trouble. With technology reinforcing so much ease and convenience these days, it is important to highlight a response less allergic to difficulty. Not only is an attitude of perseverance needed to get through the regular grind, it is necessary to achieve their goals. Adam offers an alternate perspective that views adversity as reinforcement they’re on the right path. Knowing this, they can confidently embrace their respective struggles.

3) Teamwork. There’s a lot of focus on the individual these days. The “me over we” mentality can potentially bolster a selfish paradigm. The benefits of a good team are important and many. Adam breaks down advantages a team offers as well as the individual input needed to contribute. He challenges the students to lead by example in their individual effort. Furthermore, if they are comfortably outperforming their peers, then their next hurdle is bringing out the best in their teammates.

Adam passionately attributes his success to these traits. Moreover, he points out how these traits apply not only in the micro aspects of the students’ activities, but also in the macro issues of their life. Such characteristics are habit forming and Adam offers there’s no better time than now to make them part of their daily routine.