“I wanted to congratulate Jason Ma on a fantastic book, Young Leaders 3.0 — a rich and generous resource of peers helping high school students, college students, and early careerists really kick it out of the park. I wish I had such a great book when I was their age.”
— Keith Ferrazzi, author of the NY Times Best Sellers Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back
Learn more about the team of millennial contributors to Young Leaders 3.0 by clicking on their links.
Praise from both education and industry leaders abounds for Young Leaders 3.0.
“It's trite to say that our future depends on the education of our next generation. But Jason Ma's Young Leaders 3.0 demonstrates how youngsters striving to make a difference can help their peers become the leaders of the next generation, and there's not a trite lesson or suggestion in any of the stimulating chapters. As the chair of a university board, I'm always impressed by the motivation, idealism, and potential of the many student leaders whom I meet. Jason’s stories of the young leaders rendered and his concluding advice in this book provide invaluable guidance, example, and direction for any ambitious youngster who aspires to lead and have a disproportionate impact in the decades ahead.”
“Jason Ma's new book, Young Leaders 3.0, exemplifies the most basic principles of great teaching and management. Simply put, narrative is how we learn, and great writers and leaders are great storytellers. Bridging gaps between generations requires telling stories that tease out causes and effects, so that readers can identify with and understand the players. While this is certainly a great book for aspiring young leaders, it also offers senior managers delightful insight into the thinking of the next generation. Global success in the 21st century will require both the new and enlightened thinking of young professionals and entrepreneurs as well as the guidance and wisdom of seasoned leaders. This book serves to get the synapses firing between both generations and acts as a catalyst for a future that starts with passion, education, entrepreneurship, and an informed passing of the torch to a new generation of leadership.”
“Jason Ma's Young Leaders 3.0 is a must-read for aspiring teenagers and young adults. Period. By bringing to light first-hand stories of leading students and budding entrepreneurs, and reflective advice from them, he offers hard-won guidance for the big decisions that high school kids, college students, and young professionals and entrepreneurs face today. Highly recommended!”
“Jason L. Ma’s book, Young Leaders 3.0, is a tour de force. This book is not only extremely helpful in guiding young people but also advantageous for parents and any adults, both young and old. A classic in the making.”
“What a great book for young people about to venture out on their own. With such thoughtful and generous advice from peers to guide them through the high school, college, and early career years, Young Leaders 3.0 is a critical resource for future leaders. I wish I'd had such a resource when I was first starting out.”
"Three words describe Jason L. Ma's book, Young Leaders 3.0: insightful, timely, unique. Navigating through high school and college is no easy task, so any opportunity for students to learn from their peers how to maneuver successfully within -- and between -- these two systems is invaluable. Young Leaders 3.0 is extremely helpful for high school students and college students in preparing for college and career. This book is a must-read for any student, parent, counselor, or teacher who supports young adults navigating two such complicated systems."
“Not since Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother landed on bookshelves has there been a global mentoring book more certain to become a major best seller for years to come than Jason L. Ma’s Young Leaders 3.0. While equally thought-provoking as Chua, Ma focuses on education and careers. Eschewing irony and remaining in the background, Ma shines a light on the young women and men striving to become tomorrow’s leaders, allowing them to tell their own stories, which are authentic, engaging, and entertaining all at once. Each account shimmers with extraordinary insights and accomplishments. This book is a must-read for ambitious high school and college students, young professionals and entrepreneurs, and their parents.”
“Whether you are a high school student, university student, young professional, parent, or senior executive, you shouldn't wait to pick up this exceptional and enriching leadership book. This masterpiece will inspire and benefit you. The real stories told are heartwarming and thought-provoking. Author Jason Ma’s observations on success patterns and habits and his concluding actionable advice can be applied by just about anyone from early teens to middle-aged adults. My very strong recommendation for Young Leaders 3.0!”
“In all my years as a large public high school principal, I have never seen any other nonfiction book that is as inspiring and practical for high school students as Young Leaders 3.0. Jason Ma takes readers on a highly engaging and exciting journey through the minds and spirits of interesting youth leaders as they reflect on childhood, high school extracurriculars and achievements, college admissions, the transition into college, college life, and beyond. This exceptional book is a must-read for all young achievers as well as parents and educators.”
“The strength of this book comes from students and young professionals speaking from the heart as they convey their own personal and often painful experiences growing up, navigating the awkward adolescent years, and striving to achieve in college and afterward. Through their life experiences and personal growth, many have been inspired to take positive steps to give back. I can imagine that young people (and parents) reading this book would benefit from and be inspired by the stories of hardship, the importance of failure as a motivator and life lesson, and the general message to not give up. A great resource!”
“To all teenagers and twentysomethings out there: YOU are the next generation of leaders. Let Jason Ma and the inspirational stories in Young Leaders 3.0 give you the tools to navigate these transitional years, to identify your passions, to set lofty goals, and to chase them successfully. This enlightening and fun-to-read book can change your life positively and powerfully.”
“Inspirational and authentic! Different from so many other books that focus on getting into college or starting a career, Young Leaders 3.0 covers the most transformational years in a young adult’s life—that pressurized, stressful, intimidating, confusing, and uncertain time before, during, and immediately following college. How refreshing it is to experience and learn from and with an exciting group of promising young adults as they navigate this transition from teenagers into young adults. It is a journey Jason Ma helps numerous individuals successfully navigate, including my own son, through his personal mentorship. Now his experience and the personal stories of these remarkable young women and men will help guide and inform others.”
“Young Leaders 3.0 by Jason L. Ma should be informally required reading for all students. As one of the top-rated public high schools in the United States, Lowell High gets what it means to be achievers. This extraordinary and unparalleled book teaches students on how to reflect on their own successes, failures, mistakes made, and lessons learned, and to realize their own potential beyond the transcript, the SAT, the résumé. Students must take advantage of this practical and inspirational resource!”
“Jason Ma's Young Leaders 3.0 is an outstanding treasure trove that showcases inspiring success stories among young people. It is a book about hope, dreams, dedication, courage, ingenuity, and conviction. The collection of real life stories highlights essential traits of leadership that are required to think through and implement change in a meaningful way. It is a book about young leaders, but the insights and teachings are applicable and relevant for all ages. Young Leaders 3.0 is a truly inspiring must-read for anyone who wants to develop or enhance leadership capabilities!”
“Young Leaders 3.0 is a groundbreaking repository of insight and life advice from an impressive cohort of young visionaries and change makers. The inspiring storytelling contained in this work instills actionable advice that is accessible to a wide range of readers, especially those who face many unanswered questions about college, career choice, and their impact on the world. I wish I had this book as a resource to better align my inner résumé of core values with my paper résumé earlier in my personal and professional growth. Mr. Ma’s incredibly useful insights derive from his rich experience mentoring students and from his ability to leverage what distinguishes each student to help navigate his or her personal success story.”
“Jason Ma is a visionary in the education industry, and his new book, Young Leaders 3.0, provides the best guide available to help the next generation of young leaders plan their strategies for success in life. Jason not only provides his unique perspective and guidance on how to access prestigious colleges and jobs but also has tapped some of the best examples of millennial students to share their own experiences in defining their customized paths to realize their dreams. These students from across the globe share their unique insights in each chapter, yet by combining these stories into one unique book, Jason ultimately defines the “DNA” needed to be successful in a complex world. I strongly recommend this book to all students looking to define their own paths as future leaders!”
“Young Leaders 3.0 is a groundbreaking book that focuses on the ground floor of how leaders emerge. The millennial generation is filled with inspiring individuals who are tackling real challenges, but they rarely get the recognition and exposure to share their stories with the world. Jason Ma's work is especially important in guiding and directing attention to young leaders who are actually solving problems. This book establishes these young leaders as role models who will inspire generations to come.”
“Young Leaders 3.0 is the definitive global guidebook to early career success—either professional or entrepreneurial. An original and invaluable resource for the coming-of-age generation and their parents alike, Jason Ma's book is a wellspring of encouragement, example, insight, and phronesis (practical wisdom). Any student or parent who takes this anthology’s advice to heart is bound to prosper, both in exercising laudable virtues and in attaining worthy aspirations.”
Welcome to Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers! You are about to embark on an exciting ride following the transformative journeys of a diverse group of 23 millennial leaders. These handpicked 17-to-24-year-old contributors are young alumni and current students who hail from all eight Ivy League universities (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale), Babson, Bowdoin, Colgate, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, MIT, Northwestern, Oxford, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Chicago, and USC. Yet, these young leaders' accomplishments transcend standardized test scores, GPAs, and résumés to reveal a more human and multifaceted view of achievement and growth. These stories provide an inside look into their personal successes and failures along with proven strategies you can apply in your own life to get ahead.
How This Book Benefits High School Students
Gain a rare look into the secrets of college prep and admissions success. You will get advice from these exemplary young leaders on selecting extracurricular and summer activities, building relationships, developing both study and leadership skills, learning from mistakes made, and preparing for college applications. The array of unique college application personal essays, accompanied by author Jason L. Ma's commentary, will inspire you to craft original and creative college applications that will boost your chances of acceptance, help you choose the right university, and assist you in making a smooth transition to college life.
How This Book Benefits University Students and Millennial Professionals
Find insight into your fields of interest to get started in your professional or entrepreneurial career and to take your dreams and goals to the next level. Pick up strategies to help you build employable skills, find internships and jobs, choose what types of companies or nonprofits to join, and adapt to the needs of this dynamically changing world. Learn invaluable skills on and off campus, including how to manage failure.
How This Book Helps Parents, Educators, and Employers
Discover how the next generation of leaders wishes to change our future. Learn how to relate to and support them, and strengthen your own family values. Take the nurturing of millennials and the parenting of teens for success to the next level. Understand what leadership education really is.
More on Why This Book Will Help You
This book is the culmination of Jason L. Ma's years of experience as a leading millennial and teen mentor, success coach, speaker, and author. Young Leaders 3.0 offers a wealth of insights and strategies he developed through his work with hundreds of talented individuals, his reflections on his own successes, and the invaluable lessons he has gleaned. By observing what drives these young people to become leaders in their fields, Ma has come to recognize successful and not-so-effective patterns in their approaches to life, school, and work. You will see how they think, act, and strive to change the world.
In Young Leaders 3.0, Ma combines these millennial achievers' thoughtful reflections and personal visions with his own analysis and wisdom. The Epilogue summarizes important themes, identifies success patterns, and offers concluding actionable advice. By suggesting new models and indicating paths that these young leaders have paved, Ma’s book will inspire and guide young people to succeed in any endeavor, and also show parents, educators, and employers how to effectively support the next generation.
INTRODUCTION: Why and How Does This Book Help You?
Act I: College Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
1. Sabrina Ma - Kindness Kid from Silicon Valley
2. Danny Levy - Outdoor Educator and Environmental Ambassador
3. Felipe da Paz - Brazilian Golfer Turned Entrepreneur
4. Shreya Indukuri - Sustainability Designer
Act II: Seniors on the Threshold
12. Angela Wang - Long Mohawk
13. Enrico Bonatti - Citizen of the World
20. Christopher Pruijsen - Nomadic Entrepreneur
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We are now offering internships as Young Leaders 3.0 Ambassadors to selected genuine and passionate young people who share our vision, values, and mission and who make a great cultural and logical fit with us.
Our ambassadors help Young Leaders 3.0 grow by reaching out diplomatically and actively to major colleges and universities, high schools, or educational, parental, professional, or entrepreneurial communities and associations. Our teammates, including ambassadors, gain a sense of personal fulfillment by contributing from their heart, growing through the journey, enhancing their connection with people, and deepening their own significance. Learn more about the Young Leaders 3.0 Ambassador Program here (click to download).
If you feel compelled this internship may be for you, please email our author Mr. Jason Ma (JMa at YoungLeaders3.com) by including “Young Leaders 3.0 Ambassador Application” in the subject. To apply, write two to three pithy paragraphs about the reasons you think we are a great fit. Provide us with either your LinkedIn profile and other relevant links or your résumé.
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