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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: January 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

Being yourself

I watched a TED Talk the other day by motivational speaker Caroline McHugh called The Art of Being Yourself.

Caroline said, “When you figure out how to be yourself it’s an incredibly liberating, untragic way to go through life. You don’t develop an identity that’s predicated on being a patchwork personality. You’re not a composite, an amalgam, of all your experiences and influences. You’re not just somebody’s boss, or somebody’s mom, or anybody’s anything. You’re yourself.” Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain

The other day I saw a video of Anthony Bourdain talking about his life.  He said at age 44, he was cooking in a restaurant and thought he would never catch up on his rent or his taxes or pay down his credit cards.  He was surviving.  He had written an article about the restaurant world and the editor of a local free paper told him he would print it.  Anthony thought it would be a laugh for the others he worked with so every week he would run to the corner to see if his article made it into the paper.  But it was never there. Continue reading

George Dantzig

I recently read about George Dantzig.  He was a math student at Berkeley in 1939.  He arrived late for class one day and saw two problems written on the board which he assumed was homework.  So he jotted them down.  He found them quite challenging and it took him a few days but he solved them.  He went back to his professor and said sorry it took him so long but should he still hand his work in.  The professor told him to throw it on his desk.  A few weeks later his professor excitedly told George that he had actually solved two unsolved problems.  They weren’t homework at all.  The professor had written them down and explained to the students that no one had ever found an answer for them. Continue reading

Fixed and growth mindsets

I’m reading a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.  She talks about fixed and growth mindsets and it is so interesting.

If someone has a fixed mindset, they believe they were born as they will always be.  They might believe they are good at swimming and bad at math and it can’t be changed.  So if they fail at something, they feel it shows their weakness.  They don’t think, “I failed.”  They think, “I am a failure.”  People with a fixed mindset don’t believe you have to work at something you’re good at.  If you’re good at it, it should come easily to you. Continue reading

I wasn’t in a good mood

I wasn’t in a good mood when I arrived at the car dealership.  My 2015 van had another issue and the decision had been made to replace it.  I sat in the financier’s office and she started taking down information for the car loan.  She said her son was born around the same time as I was, but he was in heaven.  I asked what happened.  She said he was driving to work at age 16 with two other teens and was killed in a car accident.  She said he was a lovely boy who wrote poems and played soccer in Europe and stopped bullies.   Continue reading

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