Ken Baum, a best-selling author of numerous life-changing books and a successful performance expert and author of his new book “The Mental Edge for Teens: How to thrive in school, sports, and life in a world of chaos, bullies, and ever-changing values” joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health Channel.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ken Baum discuss the following:
What do teens need to learn about their mental health?
Is this why you wrote the book Mental Edge for Teens?
What is the impact that this book is making, and why do you want to give away 100,000 books?
Tell us about your Mental Health for Teens program and coaching certification programs.
TIP: It's ok for teens to be themselves. Being authentic and proud of who you are, makes for great mental health. Society makes sexuality a focal point, yet in reality, this is not an issue for most teens. A bigger issue is not fitting in because of your values, money, dress, looks, religion, intelligence, or perceived lack of athleticism or other talents. This feeling of not being like others or accepted is destructive to mental health. Embrace your values, be proud of your religion, your looks are what makes you unique and looks change over time. What is fashionable today will not be tomorrow and hey/ Who are these people that are telling you how you should dress and groom anyway? They don't care about you! They care about manipulating you to buy their stuff and the teens that mock or tease about Lack lack of style or coming from the wrong social strata and income range are the ones that are not cool. Stand tall, breathe calm and love who you are!
One of the premier success coaches in the world, Ken Baum has trained Olympic athletes, and business and thought leaders, and is the creator of the Mental Edge System, a world-class-level system that teaches people of every age and station how to create a success mindset in their own lives. His clients range from mega-companies Vans, Oakley, and Merrill Lynch; to individual champions like MMA World Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, X-Games gold medal winner Elliott Sloane, and the Tampa Bay Devil Ray’s Comeback Player of the Year Carlos Peña.
Aside from his client list reading like a Who’s Who of success in business and sports, Baum is known as one of the most dynamic and entertaining speakers in the world, connecting him with everything from small teen audiences to 14,000-seat arena crowds, where he has shared the stage with the biggest names in sports, politics, and industry, like Phil Jackson, John Wooden, Oprah, Larry King, Bob Dole, and Naomi Judd. He delivers thousands of seminars, workshops, and speeches annually, with praise from all walks of life. CBS News senior correspondent Ben Tracy says “he commands the stage like few have ever done,” Hall of Fame speaker Zig Ziegler describes him as a “skilled and powerful speaker,” and Tommy Lasorda gives the ultimate praise: “He is Mr. Mental Edge.”
In addition to his coaching and speaking, Baum is also an author of life-changing books like The Mental Edge: Maximize Your Sports Potential with the Mind-Body Connection (Perigee, 1999), Metabolize: The Personalized Program for Weight Loss (Putnam/Perigee, 2000), The Performance Zone (audiobook; Nightingale/Conant 2000) and Mind Over Business (Prentice Hall, 2012), and he has appeared in or written articles for major magazines and media outlets like BBC News, Success, ESPN, Men's Journal, Volleyball Monthly, Sports Illustrated for Women, and hosts of others.
Above all, Baum is a teacher. From arena crowds to intimate groups of disadvantaged teens to his own two children (both of whom made it through their own teen years relatively unscathed), Baum is dedicated to a world where people’s successes are determined not by circumstance, but by the success-oriented mindsets they create.
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