Teen Success

— Written By Shirley Rush and last updated by

To grow and thrive, teens need supportive adults and a positive environment. Everyone wants to be successful in life, even as a teenager, you can achieve success in your life; it just takes commitment and good judgment.

Following are some steps for being successful:

  • Obedience
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Caring
  • Healthy Behavior

Remember do your best in school. No matter how boring it is now education will help you be a productive member in society. Strive for excellence in school; try your best to make good grades, listen to your teachers, do your homework, and study hard, the results will be rewarding. Doing so will help you get into a better college/university, which will enable you to get a great job in the future. College can help get you on the right track.

Continue your education. There are endless ways to pay for school. People respect you more when you do your best. Always strive to better yourself and get your education.

Figure out your goals in life and work toward them. Start thinking about careers you would like to be in, but make a good choice based on your interests and strengths. This could be your job for the rest of your life. You can also work towards non-career related goals, such as being creative and starting a business of your own.

Have good friends to assist. Friends are there to support you and lift your spirits. Remember, true friends will help you and not hurt you. Create a group of supportive, loving friends that can help you succeed in life and help you live your dreams.

Be a leader in your community. Working and volunteering in your community shows that you care and want to be a part of your community. Volunteering is a real commitment. People are counting on you to do the assignment. Volunteer at a public school, or government program or agency (state parks or a community court). High schools, universities, and potential employers look upon this type of volunteering very highly. Don’t limit your search only to nonprofit agencies.

Respect your parents and teachers. Remember, they’re there to help you be the best that you can be. Respect them and value their opinions, even if they annoy you sometimes. Keep in mind that they do the things they do because they care about you and want you to succeed in life. They are the adults and have been were you are right now.

You don’t get to choose your family members or your teachers, but you should learn how to respect them. Learn how to deal with people now, because when you’re an adult, you don’t get to choose your boss or your co-workers.

Do something that you love. Play sports; learn a hobby, read, dance, or sing. It will pass the time, help you develop your personality and give you much experience. You might learn how to do new things; you might be surprised to find that you really like them.

Believe in yourself. Form your own opinions and stand by them. Stand up for what you believe is right. We all make mistakes but correct them and continue on the journey of life.

If you would like more information, contact Shirley Rush at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Hoke County Center, at 910.875.2162 or by email shirley_rush@ncsu.edu.