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As a 17-year-old man, I realized I wanted to be different than other teenagers and wanted to change my life, NOW! So I took these three steps to attain success as a teen. Try it. It will work for you.


As it is said, the best investment is investing in yourself. Here's why and how reading can help you develop mentally and physically.

Although you may think reading is boring, it allows your mind to grow and develop new skills as a person. For me, reading was something I hated. But I wanted to rewire my mindset, so I picked up the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. What that book has done for me personally is to help me find mentors. But what really struck me was I wasn’t even done with the book before finding mentors. While reading it, I figured I would implement each chapter into my daily life and the results were amazing.

Another book that helped me grow socially was reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. After reading the book and implementing each chapter, I have built many relationships in and out of school and even for myself. These are just a few books I have read to help me grow.

It’s remarkable what books can do, so I encourage you to read because books can and will change your life entirely. Books are great mentors that will pour precious thoughts into your soul. So take some time and invest in yourself!


Just as books, physical mentors are a tremendous impact on your life. For one, mentorship is important because of the knowledge and skills they provide. Mentors are people who have been there, done that, and have seen it all. Your chances of succeeding with a mentor are 10x higher than succeeding alone. A mentor is someone who is part of your life, guiding and sharing their advice to help you. My mentors push me beyond my limits. My mentors have guided me with my e-commerce business, expanded my mindset, helped me write my very own book and taught me how to network with amazing entrepreneurs.

The more I learn, the more value I earn. I would recommend that all teens have a mentor because it will change your life. I can't stress it enough. You will be ahead of the game in no time. The mentors I have are all involved in the same mastermind group known as Stegela, which I am part of. I can't thank them enough because they helped me with everything and allowed my mind to see things the average teen can’t see. So if you don’t have a mentor, get out there and go find one!


You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The meaning of this is who you surround yourself with, you act and think the same way. For example, if you are positive, you will attract and be surrounded by positive people. The same goes for negativity. This is known as the law of averages.

I encourage you to choose the right friends because your success will be determined by the people you invest your time with. For me, although I’m acquainted with a lot of people, I socialize with mentors. Personally, mentors are like friends. As I continue to build my relationships with my mentors, I think and act just like them.

However, be careful who your friends are because they will impact you and your career. When you see and feel negative energy around you, make sure you moonwalk all over it!

In conclusion, these are the three steps to teen success. As a teenager, understand this: success is not taught, but it is caught. If you want to be successful in life, you have to be great because greatness is determined by service.

Darian Chem


Darian Chem is an author speaker podcast and vice President of yes at Crawford high school he is a very outgoing leader who leads by example by always taking action on his goes while helping others achieve theirs