Teach Them Young (Things I Wish I'd Learned as a Teen)

Episode 36

About the Episode

There are TOO many things that we didn’t learn as young people that we should have. Maybe the adults around us thought we were too young, or maybe the grown-ups in our lives didn’t have the time because they were also blindsided by what they did not know.

Regardless, as adults, we’ve realized the mistakes we have made and how much we didn’t know and want the kids we love to know better and do better.


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In this episode, Luvvie discusses the things she wishes she’d known as a teenager, and how these lessons led her to adapt her second New York Times bestselling book into Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens. She shares how you can help give these valuable cheat codes to the teens in your life and how to help get this book in the hands of 5000 young adults.

My mistakes don’t define me.

I am so much more than some of the worst decisions I have made.

—Luvvie Ajayi Jones

About the Guest

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

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Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur who thrives at the intersection of culture, business and leadership.

Her critically acclaimed books Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (2021), Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens (2022) and I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual (2016) were instant bestsellers and established her as a literary force with a powerful pen. Her newest and first children’s book, Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess released on May 2, 2023, and debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

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