For over a year now – I have been contributing articles and videos as a Monthly Mentor for The Teen Mentor, since it is so in alignment with my own Passion + Purpose = World Change formula to help young people live their dreams. I felt very really drawn to learn more about Michelle C. Ustaszeski-Hutchinson, the Founder of The Teen Mentor, LLC and about her own Passion + Purpose = World Change Journey. So I interviewed Michelle and I am so inspired by her journey below and I know you will be too. What I love is her passion is to help teenagers and she knew she could make an even bigger impact via creating The Teen Mentor, LLC. The Teen Mentor, LLC is now the world’s first and largest global personal development publication specifically for teens and publishes the articles and real-life wisdom of top experts and professionals from around the world. The Teen Mentor, LLC shares daily articles with our followers and fill teen social media news feeds in the attempt to counter some of the negative effects that social media has been known to bring. The Teen Mentor, LLC currently make approximately 1.6 million impressions per month. Thank you Michelle for helping so many teenagers and helping to make this world a better place. Here is Michelle’s inspiring journey :).
1) What is your Passion + Purpose = World Change formula
Self-Awareness + Altruism + Love for Humanity + Service + Dedication + Conviction + Patience = World Change
2) How did you uncover your passion and purpose?
I discovered my passion and purpose after I took the time to sit back and reflect on what was most consistent, what I was most interested in, what I was most naturally drawn to, and what provided me with the most pleasure throughout my lifetime.
I realized that since I was a child I enjoyed thinking about the world, studying the people in it, and I mostly enjoyed writing and sharing those experiences with others. I ended up spending my entire life studying, motivating, and inspiring people to become happier and more aware of their silver linings. I ultimately received a degree in Psychology, worked toward a Masters in Counseling Psychology, became certified as a Life Coach, became a certified Master Hypnotherapist, co-authored the book, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, and had a previous business photographing and writing my own line of inspirational and motivational bookmarks and framed art. There was definitely a pattern going on.
I recognized that I felt happiest when I was taking the lessons that I either witnessed or experienced on my own and sharing them with others.
I learned that I felt the most pleasure and gratification after I made a positive difference in someone’s life, or somehow helped to ease their pain.
And finally, I concluded that I had a special place in my heart for teenagers and felt that they were not receiving the wisdom that could benefit them the most throughout their lives, and that if they received this wisdom at a younger age, they could avoid much unnecessary pain down the road.
I concluded that facilitating wisdom was my ultimate purpose in life.
3) What steps did you take to live your passion and purpose?
Once I realized what my passion and purpose was, I began to create a career that combined them all into one. It took many years to do so, however.
At first, I sat down and started to write a book. It began as a guide that taught teenagers about all the important stuff that they weren’t learning in schools. It explained what each emotion was telling them and how they could master each one using a process that I called ‘Creating a Gap.’ The second half was intended to teach them how to develop a positive mindset so they could live longer, happier, stress-free lives. I researched and wrote, and researched and wrote some more, but no matter how many chapters I added, it never felt complete. It didn’t live up to the ‘vision’ I had of changing the emotional and social structure of the global teen population.
And so, two years and 56 chapters later, I came to the conclusion that my wisdom and experience was limited to a single life’s perspective and that I needed more wisdom than I could possibly conjure up all by myself.
I needed the wisdom of many.
In 2015, I decided to turn my book into a 56 module course and called it, “Total Mind Development for Teens & Young Adults.” I started reaching out to experts and professionals to see if they wanted to add their own modules, and although the response was mostly wonderful, it still didn’t feel right. It wasn’t big enough. But I was certainly getting closer!
As with most things in life, because that didn’t work out, a door opened to something better. That is when the idea of The Teen Mentor, LLC came to me; a home where an endless amount of wisdom could be shared and stored without limit… a ‘Portal of Wisdom’ if you will.
The Teen Mentor, LLC is now the world’s first and largest global personal development publication specifically for teens and publishes the articles and real-life wisdom of top experts and professionals from around the world. We share daily articles with our followers and fill teen social media news feeds in the attempt to counter some of the negative effects that social media has been known to bring. We currently make approximately 1.6 million impressions per month.
This is what I do today and the puzzle and vision I had for so many years has finally been fulfilled.
4) I talk a lot about putting together the pieces of your passion puzzle to create the life of your dreams? How do you feel that you have done this?
I believe that I have done this by simply combining all of my interests, values, and consistencies. I created the life of my dreams by creating a business that helps me sleep better at night and that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning.
By creating The Teen Mentor, LLC, I definitely created the job and life of my dreams. Today, I gather experts and professionals who want to share their own wisdom and experiences with the world’s teens. Most recently, I have been expanding and searching for companies and organizations who want to sponsor circulation of our content throughout their own communities to help spread this wisdom even further throughout the teen population.
I firmly believe, that someday, millions of teens will go on to their phones or tablets and see one of our quotes or articles… and it just may motivate or inspire them to go down the right path much sooner in life.
I believe that eventually, we can help pull back the self-help and personal development industry in order to finally encompass the world’s teens, and rather than fix social and emotional problems when we are adults, we are doing our best at trying to help prevent those issues to begin with.
And finally, I believe that by doing all of this, we just may help society evolve and view teens from the perspective they deserve… as powerful members of society worthy of our reverence and dedication.
After all, they are our future.
5) What advice do you have for others who are looking to uncover and live their passion and purpose?
My first piece of advice is to take the time to reflect on what is most important to you, what you are most drawn to, and what activities and interests have been most consistent throughout your lifetime.
Notice what comes easiest to you, what feels most natural, what makes time fly while you are doing it. Pay attention to what makes your heart the happiest, what provides you with the most gratification once it has been complete, and then think about what audience you most want to serve.
I truly believe that the most successful and happiest individuals are those who build businesses based on their passions while serving others in the process. It helps gratitude flow more easily and then the money inevitably follows. (That is where the “Patience” part of the puzzle comes in.)
My final piece of advice is to develop unwavering conviction that you will someday reach your ultimate vision. You are going to have many, many naysayers and many, many days when you may not believe in the vision yourself, and there will be other days when you will want to throw your hands up in the air and say, “I quit.” But in those instances, just rest.
Give yourself permission and time to take a break. Go for a walk. Often better perspectives and ideas arise when you step out of your daily routine and take the time to realize you are human and that it is natural and normal for us to want to stay within our comfort zones… success is rarely found within that zone. Go slow if you have to, but don’t give up.
Know that everything happens when it is supposed to and that you are only racing alongside yourself. Take your time. Enjoy it. Follow your instincts. Know that when bad things happen or when there are obstacles in your way, because there will be many, they are more often than not, priceless lessons that will make you stronger, more aware, and will likely get you closer to your goal.
Know that quitting is not an option.
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Michelle C. Ustaszeski-Hutchinson is The Facilitator of Wisdom. As Founder and Executive Editor of The Teen Mentor, Michelle gathers experts and professionals who would like to pass their wisdom and expertise down to the next generation.
In her role as a Personal Development Expert, she is the author of the Total Mind Development Program for Teens & Young Adults, a free 56 module course that is putting teens and young adults on the fast track to a happier future.
In 2006, Michelle teamed with some of the top motivational gurus such as Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Denis Waitley, and Joe Vitale in order to offer a compilation of self-improvement teachings by co-authoring 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life.
Her personal and professional mission is to help facilitate the sharing of wisdom from one generation to the next.
Thank you Michelle for inspiring and so many others with your Passion + Purpose = World Change Story.
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