“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail,” said the late legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden.
Fast-forward to today’s competitive college admissions process and Wooden’s wisdom still holds: “Start preparing for college at grade six [age 11],” says UC San Diego Director of Admissions Mae Brown.
These are words of wisdom that we cannot ignore. As an education consultant who is passionate about mentoring new generations of young leaders worldwide, I have learned that high-achieving teenagers and young adults need significant time to unleash their full potential, bring out their authentic best, maximize their chances for admission to top universities or graduate schools and prepare for meaningful careers. Starting early is necessary for optimally boosting both IQ and EQ (emotional, social and leadership intelligence).