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111: Maximizing Mental Toughness in your Teens and Helping Them Live a Life of Abundance with Sheryl Kline and Scott Danish

111 Maximizing Mental Toughness in your Teens and Helping Them Live a Life of Abundance with Sheryl Kline and Scott Danish
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Maximizing Mental Toughness in your Teens and Helping Them Live a Life of Abundance!

I once heard a questions asked of furtive 500 executives about what's the number one trait they prefer look for in new hires at job interviews, the top response was Resilience. I equate resilience with mental toughness. I believe they go hand in hand. So if that's what employers are looking for, and we already know that's what it takes to achieve huge goals in life and as an entrepreneur, why are we not instilling that trait in our youth? Well, that's exactly what Sheryl Kline and Scott Danish are doing. And they are doing it very well. Mental toughness in teenagers is the primary conversation for today. And this topic will serve you just as well.

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Teens & Parents in Mental Toughness

Sheryl Kline is the CEO and founder of The Zone Lab, LLC. She's a Mental Toughness and Certified High Performance Coach™, published author, speaker and mother to three kids who are high school and college Division 1 student-athletes. Sheryl earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Sport Psychology where she researched and worked with many different sports teams and individuals. She's also a member in good standing with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Sheryl has worked with recreational to world-class athletes across many different sports, and she's delivered her content in corporate settings such as Google Ventures, Bank of America, Autodesk, Pixar, Microsoft. Her focus, however, is on 13-19 year-old students and athletes so they can have a Mental Toughness foundation as early as possible.

Whether for athletics, academics or in corporate settings, Sheryl is passionate about teaching her “ZONED-IN” Mental Toughness framework, so clients can dream, plan and achieve their best.

Scott Danish is the co-owner of The Zone Lab, LLC and President & co-owner of BayCreative (a full-service B2B marketing/creative/branding agency in San Francisco). He brings his unique and entrepreneurial perspective to client development, marketing strategy and business operations. Scott has more than 25 years of senior level marketing experience in driving product, service, channel and corporate marketing strategies in multiple industries. Prior to BayCreative, Scott was a Director of Marketing at Cisco. In this capacity, Scott lead a team of world-class marketers that delivered strategic, innovative and integrated marketing campaigns which resulted in more than $2.3 billion in Cisco Services revenues from enterprise-level businesses and government agencies across the U.S. and Canada

Time Stamped Show Notes

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[7:17] Attitude of Gratitude

[9:00] Let's get Personal

[16:00] Kick in the Gut Moment

[19:10] Good News Story

Paying it Forward [34:38]

[37:30] Action Steps you can take today.

[42:56] What daily habits make the biggest impact in your life?

[47:12] What are you reading or listening to right now and why?

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[51:54] What does Living A Life of Abundance mean to you?

[54:45] Parting piece of guidance

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Wally's Take Away:

It's my belief that Mental Toughness is best learned through tragic experiences. But it can be learned though strategic training and coaching. You've heard me say this before, your mind knows no difference between imagination and reality.

In the military we train our minds and our bodies to be prepared for various scenarios. We train our minds to be prepared to be shot at and even wounded. We train our minds to be prepared for the death of battle buddy. We even train our minds to take another life, if need be.

As a Master Resiliency Trainer, I've coached Soldiers and family members to be prepared for extended deployments, especially the return. I would do that by putting their mind into various scenarios and let them work through the potential issues in their mind. These sessions have been proven to be very beneficial to the Soldier and their family.

So, what Sheryl Kline and Scott Danish is doing for Teens and their parents is very important work. And I commend them for what they do.

Resources Mentioned:


  • Tools of Titans - Tim Ferris
  • Pause - Rachen Marrows
  • The ONE Thing - Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  • Automatic Millionaire - David Bock

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