YouSchool is a self-discovery, learn-by-doing coaching program designed for people who want to figure out who they are and how to build a life meant for them. Through thoughtful, sequenced questions, relevant and compelling video content, and an advisory team that you select, you'll be able to see your future clearly and have the conviction to chase it. The course provides guided self-reflection prompts and questions through PDFs, and a dynamic video to set up and explain each exercise. You will do the deep diving into your own story, and engage in face-to-face conversations with a trusted Advisory team that you select, building towards Self-Awareness, Self-Confidence, and Self-Direction to live the REAL life you've been longing to live. Most students take two hours per week for twelve weeks to complete the YouSchool course.
Time to get started! This overview video will give you a glimpse into the YouSchool process, what you'll be getting into and going through.
Finding You is an opportunity to take a detailed look at the foundational building blocks that make you who you are today. Very few of us take the time to think about what makes us who we are. The first chapter of YouSchool will help you understand who you are.
YouSchool is your opportunity to start writing your story–a story that will last the rest of your life. A story that you can passionately live, follow and add to because you’re writing it.
You already know there are things that you can change about yourself and things you can’t. But rarely does anyone take time to look at these areas and understand how they influence their feelings and actions.
It’s important to understand and acknowledge the role each of these areas play in your life — what you can use to drive yourself forward and what you need to leave behind.
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Taking the time to understand what guides, inspires and frustrates you is important to understanding the inner you.
Personal challenges come in many different forms. They can be weaknesses, fears, people you know or failures you can’t let go. Some challenges are easy to identify, while others hide deep within you. As the author of your own story, you need to be honest with yourself and look at the areas in your life that work against you and hold you back from being your best.
Everyone has weaknesses. But only a few know what they are, and more importantly, what to do about them. Some weaknesses can be fixed while others should just be avoided. Take some time to explore your weaknesses.
Fears can be conquered if we identify and understand them. Like weaknesses, some fears are big and obvious, like a fear of heights or a fear of the dark, while some are harder to identify, like a fear of failing at a sport or a fear of looking dumb in a group.
Pay particular attention to the less obvious fears as you complete this exercise.
Things that we’ve failed at in the past have the ability to define how we view our future, but we don’t have to let them. Before we can clear the path for our future, we need to be honest about where we’ve failed and why.
Every challenge must be confronted. Now that you’ve listed your biggest challenges, carefully outline the steps, tools and help you need to confront them. Fear is a powerful force, it can paralyze and hold you back or it can motivate and inspire you. It’s your choice.
Understanding your strengths is a critical skill to develop as you mature. It is extremely important to have a healthy and confident view of yourself. We’re not talking about being arrogant, but rather displaying self-confidence in who you are.
Overcoming challenges or obstacles reveals incredible strength and determination. There’s a lot you can learn from looking back at times that you’ve overcome difficult circumstances to find the strength that lies inside of you.
Sometimes our strengths come in the form of the people we have in our lives. Just like our enemies, people who give us support, confidence and companionship have a large role in influencing our stories. It’s important to start thinking about who your role models are people are now so that you can continue to lean on them as you write your story.
Think through what you need in your life to become stronger and the best version of yourself. Consider who to spend time with, how to treat your body, and how to feed your soul.
This is a perfect time to sit down with each of your Advisors. These are the people you trust, trust to give you accurate and honest feedback, trust to affirm your vulnerability, and trust to help you look around the corners to help you see where you're headed.
Defining You is about taking the knowledge from Finding You and examining your inner self at a deeper level. It’s about making decisions about who you’re going to be, what’s going to guide you, and what kind of impact you’re going to make on the world.
A purpose statement describes what you believe to be your core objective in life and acts as your guiding star to help make life’s difficult and challenging decisions. Grounded in the knowledge of what you discovered during Finding You, your purpose statement will help you answer life’s most challenging questions.
Values serve as your foundation and guide how you make decisions and choices in life. They live at the heart of what defines your character and they influence the way you behave and the actions you take.
To use your values in action, all you have to ask is, “If this choice does not agree with my values—if I get caught, will I be okay with the consequences?”
There are dreams lying dormant within you waiting to be discovered or recovered. They are powerful drivers to help you think about where you want your life to go and who you can become. In the next chapter you’ll take time to explore your dreams and think about what your future could hold
This is another great opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with each of your Advisors. What do you want them to know about you? What do you still need help with to clarify? Initiate a conversation with each, using the supplied guide to frame your conversation.
UNLEASHING YOU is about making a conscious choice to take what you’ve learned from FINDING YOU and DEFINING YOU and putting it all into action. Unleashing You will help you start to craft a plan to achieve your dreams and begin to write the next chapters of your ongoing story.
The next exercises are about starting to determine the people, skills, training, credentials, and resources that you’ll need to make your dreams a reality.
Now that you’ve gone through YouSchool, you know that while you can leave your story to chance, you also have the power to design it so that you can reach all of your dreams. But designing it takes planning, and thinking about long term goals—including the roles you’ll have in the future, and the areas of your life you’ll focus on the most. The following two exercises will help you look at both of those key areas—the roles you play in life and the areas you’ll put the most focus on.
As we come to the end of YouSchool, it’s time to start writing the next chapter of your story— a story which you’ll continue to add to for the rest for your life. Remember, no matter where you go or what you do, this story is yours to write, direct, choreograph and stage. So do it passionately, and do it for you.
At YouSchool we believe that life is best when you’re giving back to the world around you. That’s why the last exercise of the program is designed to help you develop a plan to put your strengths and passions to work for the greater good. Because life is hard enough, we’d suggest that you look to give back in a way that truly fits your talents and is something you enjoy. If you can tick both of those boxes, you’ll have a passion you’re much more likely to stick to.
In your fourth face-to-face conversation with each of your Advisors, it's time to get really creative. Now that your Advisors have had the opportunity to journey with you through FINDING YOU and DEFINING YOU, in this last conversation you can share your Life Plan and New Story with them. Listen intently for their feedback, and explore their experiences and insights. They can help you connect the final dots, and put the finishing touches on your new story.
Now that you’ve built a good relationship with your advisors, continue to use them as a resource. They can be some of the best partners that you have in helping you become the best version of you. The following pages have a set of simple questions that you can revisit with your advisors each month for the next six months. Each month, share the progress you’ve made with them and then use these questions as a guide or feel free to create your own.
Over fifteen years of training and development work with students, young professionals, executives, and military in transition. As President and Chief Guide of the YouSchool, Scott uniquely knows how to unlock the potential in people. Working in either 1-1, small group or large group facilitation, Scott's uncommon sense approach to personal exploration has helped thousands of people discover their potential and live into it.
Scott spent over a decade working with college students through a large national leadership development non-profit, coaching them in 1-1, small group and large group formats to thrive through transition to gainful employment and self-reported wellbeing. Since starting YouSchool in January 2013, Scott has had the opportunity work as a coach, speaker and trainer in a variety of demographics: gang prevention programs for high schoolers, college transition to career, senior execs, stay-at-home moms, and Navy Seals. People describe him as "engaging, practical, funny, and dynamic."
With a full work load he also finds the time to coach youth sports for his three kids, drink an exorbitant amount of coffee, and continue to woo his wife of eleven years.