Have you ever thought to yourself that it is too late to start something new? Let's learn what a Greek hero said about it!Read More »
When the storms of life hit, how will you react? How do you get through them? There are two things you can control that will determine everything.Read More »
Have you ever gotten to Monday morning and you can't really remember anything you did over the weekend? You know you did stuff but nothing really stands out to you. Have you ever arrived and the end of the year and thought, "What made this year special?" Or does it seem like the years come and the years go and life pretty much moves along at a constant and comfortable speed? Well, I'm on a crusade to help people overcome their ruts. I never want anyone to get to the end of their life and say, "I wish I would have tried _____." or "I regret never doing _______." So we are starting "National Try Something New Day" which will occur every year on September 7th. I don't actually know how you start your own holiday but my guess is that it starts with a few people doing it and sharing the idea until eventually it gets big enough to be recognized. This is where it begins. With us. I'm not expecting it to rival Christmas, Thanksgiving, or even Flag Day but I am hoping that it will give people a reason to get out of their rut and experience something they have never done before. Life is about experiencing the good things the world has to offer. We only fail when we stop learning and growing.Read More »
It’s Monday again! Let’s start the week off right with this poem from an unknown author about the game of life. This poem in particular talks about daring greatly and doing more than just talking, we have to start doing.
Remember to write down your goals for this week today. It is amazing how much more you can get done with written goals! Make your game plan and then get in the game!
Playing The Game
Life is a game with a glorious prize,
If we can only play it right.
It is give and take, build and break,
And often it ends in a fight;
But he surely wins who honestly tries
(Regardless of wealth or fame),
He can never despair who plays it fair
How are you playing the game?…
This is a really interesting list from Robert Sternberg’s book,
In Search of the Human Mind
1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.
2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.
3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.…Read More »
This is the first in a new series I will call “The Friday Dilemma.” Every Friday I will post a thought provoking question or situation for you to think about going into the weekend. I would love to hear your responses!
Some of these will come from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE
So here goes #1. Remember to comment below, that’s the fun of it!
The Brain Tumor
You have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor will unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent.…Read More »
To continue our Graduation Week posts, I wanted to share this wonderful short poem from Donald Kaag, a high school teacher from Moscow, Idaho. He shared it at a high school graduation in 2006, the year he was retiring. These were his final words to his students and I think they are applicable to all of us:
I’d wish you a nice life
If I didn’t care about you so much…
So you will appreciate warmth.
So food will taste wonderful when you get it.
So that when you find a true friend you will appreciate
The work and the difficulty of earning…and keeping…friendship.
And love again…
That you find something so precious you would give your life for it,
And then the sense…the heart…to live for it.…Read More »
This week all around the country many teenagers will graduate high school. All the years of homework, minimum wage, and social anxiety will culminate in the wonderful event we call graduation. Many will consider it their move from adolescence into adulthood. Some will go on to college, some directly to careers. Some will enter the military or leave on a religious mission abroad. No matter what the future holds for you, young graduate, there are some tips that I would like you to know as you enter “the real world.”
#1 – Enjoy your time at home. These are your last days with your parents and siblings. Once you leave it will never be the same, even if you come back. You may be in a hurry to get out on your own and experience the “freedom” outside the walls of your home but, trust me, it is a whole lot more complicated than it sounds.…Read More »
Back in college I took a geology class because I was looking for an easy way to fulfill a science requirement. The class was interesting and not particularly difficult. After the first few weeks I was ranked #2 in the class and was certainly overly proud of myself.
One morning when we arrived at the classroom the door was locked. There was a sign on the door that said we would be assigned to specific stations that day based on our class rank. Below that was a list of the students, with a number by their name indicating which station they would be at for the day.Read More »