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

Month: March 2019

Tobi Lutke

Angela Duckworth shared this story in her book Grit.  She said that Tobi Lutke dropped out of high school in Germany at age 16.  He had learning disabilities and was failing at school.  He got a job as an apprentice at an engineering company and he met an older man who was a programmer in the basement of the building named Jurgen.  This mentor corrected all the code Tobi wrote and he reminded Tobi on a daily basis how he could improve.  One day he gave Tobi an assignment for General Motors.  Tobi wrote the code and thought he would be shadowing Jurgen for the presentation.  But Jurgen told him he had another appointment and Tobi would have to go alone.  Tobi was scared, but he did it.  And it was a success.   Continue reading

Breathing

I was listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast and he was interviewing Win Hof about breathing.  He is a Dutch extreme athlete who is known as the Ice Man because he can withstand extremely cold temperatures.  He holds the record for a barefoot half marathon on ice and snow, and he has climbed past the “death zone” on Mount Everest while only wearing shorts.   Continue reading

Grit

I am currently reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by author and professor Angela Duckworth.  Writer Lisa Quast wrote in Forbes, “Duckworth has spent years studying people, trying to understand what it is that makes high achievers so successful.  And what she found surprised even her.  It wasn’t SAT scores.  It wasn’t IQ scores.  It wasn’t even a degree from a top-ranking business school that turned out to be the best predictor of success.  ‘It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special,’ Duckworth said.  ‘In a word, they had grit.'” Continue reading

Women have done some incredible things

Women have done some incredible things.

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a physicist and scientist who discovered radium and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.  Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a civil rights activist who helped change the world by refusing to give up her seat on the bus.  Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.  Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a mathematician who was also the first computer programmer. Sappho (570 BC) was the first known female writer and Plato said she was one of the ten greatest poets.  Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) was the leader of Egypt when the Roman Empire was trying to take over.  The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) fought for France against the English and led them to a victory at Orleans when she was only 17 years old.  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an anti-slavery advocate.  Lincoln said her book was a catalyst for the American Civil War.  Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) fought for women’s rights and was a key player in the suffragette movement to get the vote for women.   Continue reading

Are we fooling ourselves?

Are we fooling ourselves?  Physicist Richard Feynman said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”

Are you valued at work?  Do you feel you are part of a team that is making a difference?  Do you enjoy what you do with your time?  Would your job be posted as soon as your obituary if that day came? Continue reading

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