Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone -- but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart, or are they just lucky? Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute presentation on the real secrets of success.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
"You need to be aware of what others are doing,
applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes,
and encourage them in their pursuits.
When we all help one another, everybody wins."
-- Jim Stovall
I highly recommend that each of us encourage each other. There is nothing quite like it to show that you care, your love, your interest, and it can even boost performance dramatically in business. It must be sincere, and that will be easy because there is so much potential in each of us, that we have barely scratched the surface in all of the human time on earth.
It's far better to catch someone doing something well and compliment them than to catch them missing the mark and chastise them. In many business environments, too many people look for what is wrong in another's word or deed. That same thing happens in the home as well--especially with children. We are all better served as encouragers rather than correctors.
There are all kinds of ways to encourage each other, and the easiest is just saying something nice and uplifting to people you live with, work with or meet. Compliment something about them, tell them something they did or are doing that is special and good, or well done. Something as simple as, you have a beautiful smile is good. It doesn't take much, but it holds huge meaning to them. Get started today. You won't regret a single second of it. And, you might find that you receive far more benefit than the person you are encouraging.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
"No kind action ever stops with itself.
One kind action leads to another.
Good example is followed.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions,
and the roots spring up and make new trees.
The greatest work that kindness does to others
is that it makes them kind themselves."
-- Amelia Earhart
Ain't it the truth. You already know it. You know when you act with kindness that you feel great and that you can see on the face of the other that they feel great too. The thing we don't see is how that feels great feeling is passed on by that other person throughout their day or even into days ahead.
Let us brush off our dusty kindness and bring the value of sharing that universally to bear on each other, including our world leaders. Kahlil Gibran said, "Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution."
"The Smallest Act Of Kindness Is Worth More Than The Greatest Intention." -- Kahlil Gibran
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Zephan shares his experience of how he changed from being a hot-tempered boy to a calmer and happier child when he learned the power of forgiveness. Zephan is a 10-year-old boy who learned to control his emotions with the support of his family, friends, and teachers. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Monday, August 5, 2019
"Dogs do not know it is Monday.
To them, it is only today.
It is only now."
-- Alan Cohen
One of the most notorious acts a human being can do is to label everything. And, yet, we do, don't we? One of the side effects of labeling is the association. Now that there is a label, we can freely associate this label with anything we choose. How we associate with this label determines how we will feel about it. Guess who gets to choose?
Choose amazing today!
Friday, August 2, 2019
"A strong man cannot help a weaker
unless that weaker is willing to be helped.
And even then the weak man
must become strong of himself.
He must, by his own efforts,
develop the strength which he admires in another.
None but himself can alter his condition."
- James Allen,
As A Man Thinketh
This quote demonstrates clearly what must happen to change. Willingness. There are many who do not have it and don't want to be a part of it because they think it may show weakness. This quote from James Allen indicates to me that being weak with willingness is really strength needing a touch of guidance--that willingness is a strength.
It is that strength that the last line finds its truth: "None but himself can alter his condition." From that realization, we need only a willingness and at long last a decision. It is this catalyst that focuses the strength into power.
There is a very popular Bible verse, "Ask and ye shall receive." The word 'Ask' is a sincere willingness and it demonstrates strength and determination.
Next time you need help with an issue or situation, receive your strength from your willingness to ask for help. It is the best way to receive! "None but himself can alter his condition."
When you are ready to ask, give Jennifer House a call at 530-310-6123 and let us together get you the help you need to move forward in joy.