Cultivating Capable, Resilient Young Minds with Leadership Education

In an era of unprecedented challenges for children, Heidi and Tatiana, inspired by Abigail Shrier’s book “Bad Therapy,” offer insights into the evolving landscape of education, mentorship, and mental health. They highlight the necessity of balancing resilience building with the acknowledgment of genuine disabilities like dyslexia. They argue against the prevailing trend of over-labeling and under-empowering children, suggesting that recognizing each child’s unique potential is crucial. This leads them to propose leadership education as an alternative, emphasizing individual mentorship and the setting of personalized, achievable goals.

The conversation underscores the importance of viewing each student as inherently capable and resilient. By encouraging personal responsibility and a proactive approach to challenges, Heidi and Tati call for a shift in perspective among educators and mentors. They envision an educational system that not only addresses mental health and learning challenges with innovative strategies but also cultivates a generation of empowered, compassionate, and capable leaders.


Bad Therapy by Abigail Shrier

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis

00:00 Opening Conversation: Frustrations and Discoveries

00:17 Exploring the Premise of ‘Bad Therapy’ and Its Implications

02:25 Personal Struggles and the Dilemma of Disability vs. Resilience

04:46 The Role of Mentors in Navigating Education and Disabilities

10:31 Adjusting Educational Requirements: Flexibility vs. Standards

19:35 The Impact of High Expectations and the Value of Challenges

23:39 Redefining Success: Beyond Completing Projects

28:47 Vision, Mission, Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge in Education

31:29 Exploring Translogical Truths and Leadership Education

34:21 The Spectrum of Homeschooling: Unschooling to Tiger Moms

34:51 The Challenge of Balancing Rigor and Agency in Education

36:23 The Importance of Family Relationships and Healthy Communication

37:53 Mentoring Students with Anxiety: Strategies and Stories

49:28 The Power of Resilience and Overcoming Challenges

53:30 Embracing Leadership Education for All Abilities

59:39 The Journey of Mentorship: Learning, Growing, and Making an Impact