I loved this article. I found it an interesting way to say that people with empathy for others, and a sense of responsibility toward promises, make great leaders. The combination of traits are hard to hone—It is difficult to care enough to get something done for others. But I like the thought.
When I read the interview with William Green, link below, my mentee and godchildren came to mind. I am committed to their success, and therefore, constantly on the lookout for new methods to Read more
When I first read The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something, I thought of my own post How to Learn–It’s Not Studying. The posts rely on the similar notion that practice and effort cause results. Results achieved without effort are discovered, at least eventually I hope, when reputation and expectation must deliver in a new situation. A lesson, sadly I feel, lost on too many of today’s youth as they strike out to pursue their dreams.
Several theories of student self-entitlement are offered in Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes – NYTimes.com. But entitlement, as a notion of human behavior, has existed much longer than the lifetimes of today’s students. No doubt today’s students exhibit a strong belief about what they deserve. They have had success defined by measured accomplishments-test scores and grades-during their lifetime. Thus, entitlement is not driven by family pressure, or a test taking preparation gone awry, but Read more
Wow, what a great read—Colleges and Universities – Education and Schools – Admissions and Testing – Affirmative Action – Discrimination – New York Times. My reaction points to a few worthy issues: Read more
During the Back to the Future trilogy, Doc Brown mastered the space time continuum’s subtleties—illustrating well how one event sets in motion a chain of events. What if we could recognize these events as they occur. Psychics claim this power—seeing the future. But we consider them shady. Today, I claim the power. I hope I am not shady. The Supreme Court’s Parents v Seattle decision is a historical marker of United States’ race relations. As I see, things, the next generation faces a period where the goal is “Increase Individual Competition.”
Some look at the country’s time line and see segregation’s return. Man! Do I hope they are wrong. Read more
Activists have begun anew, their long-standing effort to ban derogatory and demeaning words from public airways. In 1985, the Parents’ Music Resource Center wanted to ban Prince’s Purple Rain album. Oddly, in 2007 the NFL accepted Prince as a safe choice to perform before an estimated ninety million Super Bowl viewers. During the spring of 2007, Don Imus kick started the activist when he inappropriately used words associated with many rap songs. The NAACP, with its “The STOP Campaign” and Al Sharpton, who through his National Action Network jointly lead the recent “March for Decency” have joined the traditional media activist. The recent efforts also include Russell Simmons’s Hip Hop Summit Action Network which calls for voluntary guidelines for music played on the public airways. The controversial L Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center founder and president has praised Russell Simmons effort (see his May 3, 2007 column). With these efforts in high gear, it is easy to praise the actions and to forget to question, is the effort worthwhile. Read more
I have listed Mindset – The New Psychology of Success as one of my favorite books. That action may indeed be an understatement. Rarely has a single work given me the opportunity to think and expand my thoughts as much as this work by Carol S. Dweck. I must thank her someday. Today, I write my initial thoughts and reactions from reading Mindset. Reading this book stimulates many thoughts and ideas that I can use to improve my life. I sincerely hope this blog encourages you in your own life exploration.
So What Makes People Different
In a phrase, people legitimately differ by whether they have a growth or fixed mindset. Seemingly, forever, people have noted the difference between themselves: physical characteristics, environment, wealth, bloodlines, and many others. Man, in the search to answer complex questions has often turned to the distinguishing characteristics as an explanation. For many, the concept of success, however defined, presents one of these eternal questions: What makes success happen, and why do individuals differ in their success. Read more