Mentoring Young Leaders


4s and 3eq | emotional, social, and leadership intelligence

– Preamble
– Exceptional student outcomes
– Right now, you are probably a bit stuck
– Our personalized, 1-on-1 mentorship
– Further learning




Most driven young adults care about thriving in amazing careers and live fulfilling lives. We at ThreeEQ would also say that building up your “personal operating system,” soft skills, and direction early on is just as important.

Having guided holistically and successfully 1-on-1 hundreds of mainly high-achieving young people (his own two young adults included) these past 15 years (in his 38 years in the education, technology, and investment industries since his Berkeley Engineering degree), ThreeEQ Founder and Chief Mentor Jason Ma and Team ThreeEQ celebrate all of the worthy outcomes coveted by many. That said, they are not easy to achieve without quality preparation.

These days, most young people, especially high achievers, often feel stressed or anxiety-ridden. Given a plethora of digital distractions and the pressure to succeed, various young adults can struggle a bit in finding their way in today’s highly competitive landscape in our turbulent world.



Exceptional Student Outcomes


We at ThreeEQ have a 100% success rate with coachable, committed, high-achieving students in selected Private Client families. Please enjoy:



The following are some of the great outcomes that our students have achieved:

College/University Students
Professionals & Entrepreneurs
Rewarding internships, first jobs, and career pathways at Google, Apple, and various notable companies.

More optimized academic curriculum, school-year and summer activities, social lives, and well-being as competitive college students.

Impactful, rewarding jobs and careers at notable tech companies, enterprises, venture capital/private equity firms, investment banks, and family enterprises.

More optimized career and business strategies, activities, social life, and well-being as rising leaders at work.

Happier lives in college and the real world, without the high stress and anxiety many students experience.

Deeper relationships with and appreciation for parents, professors, employers, significant others, peer leaders, mentors, and other influencers.

Happier lives at work and socially without the high stress and anxiety many young adults experience.

Deeper relationships with and appreciation for family, significant others, bosses, staff, peers, mentors, and other influencers.

More positive, powerful mindsets, direction, strategies and execution, and employable soft skills. More positive, powerful mindsets, direction, strategies and execution, and career-advancing soft skills. More succession-ready as inheritors in UHNW families.


Ask yourself: “Do I want to achieve great results, unleash my full potential, be happy, and secure my bright future—starting now?”


Jason Ma guest lecturing on “How to Hone the ‘OS and Apps’ of Your Entrepreneurial Mind and Soul,” inspiring and educating graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University.


Right Now, You Are Probably a Bit Stuck

Situation 1

As a COLLEGE OR GRADUATE STUDENT, you want to achieve, grow, live happily, do well in academics, research, and extracurriculars, hone employable skills, build meaningful connections, get great internship and job offers, and thrive in an impactful, rewarding career path—but are unsure how BEST to do so.

Actually, many students at Ivy League and elite colleges face high stress and anxiety—or even depression. (Read Penn ranked highest out of the Ivy League for mental health—with a D+. Also, view The myth of the Ivy League.) 

Back in high school, most of these students and their parents shortsightedly worried about college admissions. However, they didn’t build strong enough emotional, social, and leadership intelligence (“3EQ”) with high-quality, third-party guidance. Now these students face incessant competition and feel lingering “imposter syndrome.”

We believe that college or grad school ISN’T your destination but is PART of your journey. It is essential to think longer-term THROUGH college, NOT shortsightedly just AT college/grad school! College or grad school is a stepping stone to your greater career and personal success and growth for decades to come!

All the while, the best companies hire and develop only the very best candidates for their coveted internships and jobs. For example, Google’s hiring rate is 0.25% (1 hire out of 400 applications). “It’s 20 times harder to get into Google than to get into Harvard,” said Laszlo Bock, Google’s former SVP of People Operations. Don’t be surprised to see hiring rates ranging from less than 1% to 3% for coveted jobs at many great companies. 


ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma with Wharton Undergraduate Finance and Technology Group then-President Lydia Ma and Penn students from Wharton, Engineering, and the College hanging out in SF.


Situation 2

As an ADULT AT WORK OR IN BETWEEN, you want to grow, achieve, and live happily, hone employable soft and hard skills, build meaningful connections, do well in your current job or get a great next job in a company or your family business, pave an impactful, rewarding career path, and be more succession-ready as inheritors in UHNW families—but are unsure how BEST to do so.

Please review the last 2 paragraphs in Situation 1 above. We would think that your own circumstances would have some uniqueness.

The good news? Regardless of your situation, we can help and guide you to achieve success with GREATER life-cycle impact and gains, better relationships, and peace of mind, and without the usual stress and anxiety. Consider this: The above results are what we help our students authentically achieve. If we can do it for them, why can’t we do it for you?




Our Personalized, 1-on-1 Mentorship


A secret to success for (high) achievers is having trusted, third-party, top-notch mentorship by their side, preferably early on. Our
personalized, 1-on-1 mentoring and coaching will help you optimize your goals and maximize your achievements, unlocking your authentic, best self.

Our success mentoring ensures that you stay focused during your prime. We bolster the development of your discipline and drive, while inspiring you to reach for greater heights. Ultimately, we help you become even better as a genuinely thoughtful and highly engaged leader who will contribute, grow, and connect with positive impact.

We specifically focus to:

  • Hone your growth and contribution mindset, strategies, (employable) soft skills, and execution for GREATER, short- to long-term impact and benefits, even among your driven peers.
  • Help you build or enhance an attractive story, prepare authentic storytelling, and, when needed, present and interview for highly competitive and compelling job applications that maximize your chances for getting hired to your dream companies or non-profits, all the while minimizing stress, confusion, and anxiety.

“4S” and “3EQ” are ThreeEQ CEO and Chief Mentor Jason Ma’s own personalized, 1-on-1 mentorship framework and techniques that we apply to achieve these outcomes.

  • 4S:
    • Visionary story (including character, which is the sum of all habits and choices)
    • Emotional and mental state of mind
    • Strategies (key approaches depending on context)
    • Soft skills (in addition to hard skills) and talent
    • Execution
  • 3EQ:
    • Pragmatic emotional, social, and leadership intelligence. This is more profound and powerful than just EQ.

Elevating your “4S” and “3EQ” will empower you to enjoy GREATER life-cycle impact, relationships, and peace of mind all around you, while enabling you to mitigate risks of future (painful) opportunity losses in our turbulent, ever-changing world. Hard skills may become obsolete over time. Strong soft skills stay with you a long time.

In our experience, personalized 1-on-1 coaching is by far more effective and profound than group coaching and “mass-market” webinar or product training. In UHNW families, our work also eases succession planning—with sound family values and without the usual stress and anxiety.



To learn more about how we can help you, depending on your life stage, look under the following tabs:

Enhancing Purpose and Thriving as a University Student

We help you choose and optimize rigorous yet balanced course loads year to year, enhance your GPA, plan for test prep, and select a major (and any minors) that complement your personal interests and career aspirations.

We encourage and guide you in applying for meaningful and often highly selective internships (for which we may provide choices or connections, if appropriate, and certainly guidance) to obtain impressive work and leadership experiences and desirable skills. We also train you to maximize your contribution to relevant extracurricular/community activities and to build great relationships with your “ecosystem constituents.” This will better position you for a thriving career or a competitive university transfer application season.

Planning for and Applying as a Transfer to Highly Competitive Universities or Graduate Schools

If you are planning to apply as a transfer student to other competitive U.S. (or UK) colleges and universities, please see the 3 phases with 24 line items (success ingredients) towards the bottom half of our High Schoolers page. The planning and application process is similar but has nuanced, significant differences for university transfer and graduate school applicants (to MS, MA, MD, MBA, and PhD programs). We delight in helping our students optimize their game plan and maximize their success by steering them through this complex process.

Preparing to Succeed and Thrive in Your Career as a Working Adult

We are committed to helping you become a leader of your industry in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East, or globally.

We help you define powerful visions, set and achieve short-term and long-term career goals, transform creative ideas into concrete business proposals, and become more consistently effective in execution. Moreover, we help you enhance and sustain international-grade decision-making, communication, and people skills, prepare for job interviews, plan for and navigate family succession (if applicable), and thrive in a career or major family business.


IN SUM, by taking advantage of ThreeEQ’s foremost, personalized, 1-on-1 mentorship, our ambitious students maximize their wins and successes, minimize their pain and opportunity losses, and gain clarity and better peace of mind. With our guidance, you will set a clearer direction, prepare wisely, achieve sound outcomes, and cultivate stronger, more succession-ready, next-gen leadership and other soft skills—while transforming powerfully upward and unleashing your own full potential.




Ask yourself: “Do I want to achieve great results, unleash my full potential, be happy, and secure my bright future—for greater life-cycle impact, relationships, joy, and peace of mind in my family, my work, and my community now?”

If the answer is yes, we can happily set aside 30-45 minutes for an initial strategy meeting with you, your parents (if they sponsor you), and award-winning ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma. This meeting will be super meaningful and practical in preparing for your future.

In the meeting, we will discuss your past, present, and hopeful future, address any of your (and your parents’) confusion and questions, and see how we can help you make your dreams a reality. We can discuss by phone or, preferably, in our online Zoom room, where we can all be in different locations worldwide. After the meeting, we’ll provide a recap of discussion and key action items via email.

To schedule a strategy meeting, please:

  1. Go to ThreeEQ.com/calendar. There, you’ll see a calendar of available time slots. Please pick a time that works for you and your parents (if they sponsor you).
  2. Then, please fill out and submit the follow-on form, ThreeEQ.com/application, for our preliminary understanding BEFORE the meeting. We cannot proceed unless these 2 simple steps are done first.


Quality preparation is a critical success factor in anything significant and highly competitive. Aligned with this principle, to make our meeting most productive and time-efficient, we ask that BOTH you and your parents (if they sponsor you) read some of Jason’s articles and watch 1-2 relevant videos below BEFORE we meet. We require that ALL decision-makers be TOGETHER in the meeting with Jason.



Further Learning


  • Watch or listen to ThreeEQ CEO & Chief Mentor and Young Leaders 3.0 acclaimed author Jason Ma’s inspirational interview with Family Office Association CEO Angelo Robles titled “Chief Mentor of Next-Gen Leaders, Jason Ma: Foremost Mentor for College, Leadership, and Life Success” on the Angelo Robles Podcast on Apple PodcastsSticher, Spotify, or iHeartRadio.


  • Watch Jason Ma’s inspiring masterclass “Preparing for Elite College Admissions, University Life, Career, and Personal Success” in front of a packed audience of high-achieving parents (C-suite/senior executives, entrepreneurs, and investors) and some students. This private event, for which Jason was the sole speaker, was enthusiastically co-sponsored by elite university alumni clubs from:
    • Harvard Business School (HBS) (Organizer)
    • Harvard
    • Wharton
    • Stanford GSB
    • Berkeley Haas
  • Read Jason’s articles and a post:

  • Get Jason’s highly acclaimed book Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers.