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7 Lessons You Never Learn in School

7 Lessons You Never Learn in School

April 24, 2024

On Thursday, April 18, our guest speaker was Barry Garapedian, who works with young adults from 14 to 30 years old, to teach them skills to succeed. He is a fantastic speaker, and we recorded his presentation. He has kindly let us provide it to you and those you feel would benefit, so feel free to forward the link as appropriate. While it was geared to what he calls young minds, there was something for everyone, so we do hope you’ll watch the recording if you didn’t get a chance to watch it live.

This webinar was packed with helpful actions a young adult can take to be successful, including:

  • Eight Attributes of the Highest Achieving Young Minds
  • The Art of Connection
  • Strategies and Campaigns
  • Call to Action
  • Key Takeaways

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 Barry shared with us the Carnegie Institute of Technology study that found that 85% of your financial success is due to:

  • Personality
  • Ability to Connect
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Leadership

Only the other 15% is due to your technical knowledge. Many people work hard in their studies and college to improve their technical skills, but this shows that improving skills in these other areas is also very important.

Eight Attributes of the Highest Achieving Young Minds

Barry shared with us the eight attributes of the highest-achieving young minds:

  1. Courage – getting outside your comfort zone
  2. Being self-managed, self-motivated, and self-directed
  3. Goal setting
  4. Time management
  5. Speaking and listening skills
  6. Negotiating skills
  7. Grit and consistency in action
  8. Fail forward – Get out there and try

These are important attributes we can all work on every day.

The Art of Connection

Next, Barry shared some important things you can start doing immediately to build stronger connections and relationships with people.

  • Practice going first – Being the first to start a conversation or open the door - it shows leadership and builds confidence
  • Remember people's names – Barry likes to say a person’s name to himself 3 times and he will also ask people for their middle name to help him remember
  • Handwritten notes – Barry recommends purchasing personal stationery to send handwritten notes to people
  • Creating lightning strikes – These are actions that go above and beyond what a person is expecting to surprise and delight them
  • The four reliability habits:
    1. Show up on time (or even 5 minutes early)
    2. Do what you say you will do
    3. Finish what you start
    4. Say please and thank you
  • Be more interested than interesting – Listen more and talk less
  • Be more relational versus transactional – Build solid relationships with people
  • Extra credit: Golden Rule vs Platinum Rule – Rather than treat others how you want to be treated, treat others how they want to be treated

These are great things for us to remember and practice every day.

Strategies and CampaignsVision Board Example

Barry shared some additional activities he recommends for the young adults that he coaches:

  • Design a Vision Board – Put 10-20 pictures on a board that represent your goals and inspire you
  • Nifty Fifty Golden Rolodex – Create a contact list of 50 people you admire and would like to get to know better
  • Get your own personal stationery – Purchase your stationery to use when you send personal notes to people
  • Profiles in Success, Be an Author – Create a profile of successful people that you know and put them together into a book
  • Personal Advisory Council – Create a council of the people who can advise you
  • Design a “Hero List” – This is a list of the people that you want to be a hero to
  • Design a Video Reel to Memorialize Occasions – At an event, such as someone's wedding or birthday party, capture short clips from all the people attending and compile them into a composite video to share with the  person who is the center of the event

Call to Action

Barry finished the webinar with a call to action. He challenges all the young adults on the webinar to create a Vision Board of the things or people that inspire them.

Barry shared his personal Vision Board as an example. He creates a collage of images and words that remind him of areas that are important to him. He keeps this as his phone's home screen, reminding him of many life goals that touch on his family, business, and personal development.

We invite clients to share the Vision Boards they and their families create with us.  Once completed, please email your vision board to Elaine Manley at We look forward to supporting you and your family in following the path you envision and enjoying the journey!

Key Takeaways

We finished the webinar with some key takeaways for the young adults.

  • Create a Vision Board
  • Practice going first
  • Remember people’s names
  • Send out handwritten notes with your personal stationery
  • Intentionally create a great future

We encourage you to watch the webinar video. Barry is offering a 30-minute consultation if you want to talk with him.

You can reach him at:

Barry Garapedian, Mag 7 Consulting
Phone:  818-427-6109

We welcome talking with you about what is important to you. We want to help you and the young people in your life achieve your dreams and enjoy the journey. Contact your Wealth Manager or a member of our FJP team to discuss your situation.


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The views expressed by Barry Garapedian do not necessarily reflect the views of Mutual Advisors, LLC or any of its affiliates. Mag 7 Consulting is not affiliated with Mutual Advisors or any of its affiliates.