Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Tag: Angela Duckworth

Competition

Angela Duckworth mentions in her book Grit that the word competition comes from a Latin word meaning striving together.  The definition does not include anything about winners or losers.  It’s about growing forward with others.  Competing to best oneself. Continue reading

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

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

Sit in the turmoil

When I was at yoga this week, the instructor said something that struck me.  She said that when you meditate or breathe during a trying situation, you don’t send what is troubling you away.  You calm yourself enough to sit in the turmoil.  To ground yourself in the eye of the storm and know you can survive it. Continue reading

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