Here at Kids Need Enrichment, our mission is to expose, engage and ultimately challenge kids in the amazing, fun and powerful world of STEM. Through our events and activities, we have seen a need to also provide kids help on more general skills we believe they will need to be successful in life that they might not get elsewhere.

While our core mission continues to be STEM oriented, we created a “Life Skills” page to contain a collection of essays and guides that kids can use to help them achieve what they want in life.

To start, we believe there are 4 critical questions you need to answer.

1. Do you have a theory on how the world works? 

It’s hard to play a game when you don’t understand the rules. A tricky part of life is that no one actually knows the rules. However, we can develop theories over time. Did you know that we have “programming errors” built into our brains where we will make consistent and predictable mistakes in certain situations? These “cognitive biases” are a rich field of study in psychology. We will explore this and other topics to help you develop your own theories. Like a scientist, if you have a theory of how the world works, you can test it over time and refine it as you learn more.

2. Do you have a strong foundation?

To get anything done in life, you need a strong base of physical and mental health. These are things that you should constantly work to improve including the basics of eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and managing stress. Here are some ideas and tips to help you do so:

3. Do you know what you want (and how much you want it)?

Most people only have a vague sense of what they want – they want to be “healthy”, “successful”, or “rich”. Those wants are not specific enough to be useful. Understanding what you want at a deep level, and why you actually want it, will do wonders for your ability to get it.

4. Do you know how to get it?

Knowing what you want is only the start. The key is how to get it. That includes knowing what tasks need to be done, as well as what resources and skills are needed and how to get them. While you can do a lot of it yourself, you will most likely need other people to help you. Like many areas in life, there are tips and tricks for getting help from other people that we will share.

And that’s it. If you can answer yes to each of those 4 questions, your chances for success are probably higher than 95% of the population. So simply go and get started. As a last step, re-ask those questions at least once every six months to see if your answer changed. As you grow, you will find that particularly the answer to #3 will change over time. Good luck!