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
Just back from a whirlwind weekend at the Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Championships. The boys came first and second in their solos and my daughter danced wonderfully in a group of 43 dancers including many from higher levels. They competed in teams as well and all three kids were on first place teams in multiple categories. Continue reading
I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Peter Diamandis and so many inspirational tidbits were shared. Peter created the X Prize Foundation that offered a $10 million prize to entice private companies to build manned space ships that could go into space twice in two weeks. Peter didn’t have the prize money yet when he launched the bold initiative but he convinced 20 astronauts and the head of NASA to stand beside him on stage for the announcement. One hundred and fifty companies turned Peter down when he was trying to raise the prize money but Ansari finally said yes and the contest was a success. More than $100 million was invested in creating space travel solutions by non-government groups trying to win the prize. Big goals and big risks lead to big outcomes. Continue reading
I saw an anonymous meme the other day that said, “If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
We should all be doing something outside the box. Blazing a trail rather than walking a well-worn path.
If you spend too much time doing what the experts recommend or what society says then you can’t make a breakthrough. Continue reading
Are you living life on the offence or the defence? Are you reacting to situations or are you creating opportunities? Do you start your day by answering other people’s questions, requests and emails or do you begin on your own terms, carving out the 24 hours that you want to live? Continue reading
I have heard of affirmations before. For example, if you were sick and you kept saying to yourself, “I am healthy and well.” Your body would hear that message and create healing energy. That’s the premise. Continue reading