Developing Young Minds

By on November 14, 2014
Robert Watkins Project Xcel

“The development of a young mind is a gift to an entire generation,” stated Robert Watkins, chief executive officer of Conquer Worldwide, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watkins spoke at the MET Center Nov. 10, addressing students enrolled in STLCC’s Project Xcel program, a training initiative for young people aging out of the foster care system.

Watkins told the students that staying focused on six key thought processes would lead to success. These six thought processes were:

  1. Live life according to your purpose, not someone else’s
  2. Rejection is just temporary
  3. Know your worth (worth is more than a paycheck)
  4. Be okay with being by yourself
  5. Find a mentor that is not an athlete or rapper
  6. Become business-minded not consumer-minded

Watkins encouraged the students to search for their purpose in life by thinking about what they would like to change in the world and what they really like to do. He also shared that if you set goals that help others it will help you know your own value and worth. On the opposite side of the coin, Watkins warned students about ways people decrease their value by hanging out with the wrong friends, comparing themselves to others, disrespecting those in authority and not committing to saving money early in life.

Project Xcel Group With Robert Watkins

Project Xcel Group With Robert Watkins

About Project Xcel

Project Xcel is a professional training program designed specifically for young people aging out of the foster care system to introduce them to meaningful careers with opportunities for advancement.

Through a partnership with the state of Missouri and businesses, STLCC is providing a 10-week pilot Project Xcel program to a group of 17- to 21-year-old local residents. The program introduces them to career opportunities in the customer service industry. The students also can earn employment-recognized credentials such as the National Retail Federation Foundation Certification in Customer Service, the National Career Readiness Certification and the Computing Core Certification from Microsoft. To learn more, contact Karin Fowler at 314-746-0872.

About the Speaker & Author

Robert Watkins, who spent time in an orphanage, now shares his journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur to a variety of audiences. Conquer Worldwide is a global consulting firm to help people launch new businesses. Watkins has also authored several books, including “Never Chase a Paycheck Again” and “Be Your Own Boss.” In addition, he founded Young CEO Summer Camps, a character-development program for teenagers, as well as the Global Business Academy that trains young entrepreneurs. Watkins holds a doctorate in business and theology. Visit to learn more.

About Shayna Howell

Shayna was the Client Development Manager in the Workforce Solutions Group of St Louis Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in the Community College system in training and development, project management, program/course development, grant writing/administration and marketing.

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