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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Tag: grit (page 1 of 2)

Positive psychology

I just finished the Positive Psychology course by Martin Seligman at University of Pennsylvania.  One of the topics he talks about is optimism and pessimism.  A study showed that 8 to 11 year old pessimists were twice as likely to get depressed in puberty.  Although we often lean one way or the other on the optimism scale, he wondered if we taught positive interventions to children, would it have an effect? Continue reading

The Toronto Raptors

In 1995, Canada got its first NBA team when the Toronto Raptors joined the mix.  Their fans have always been behind them and they made the playoffs ten times over the years, but they never made it to the finals. Continue reading

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

An Irish dance competition

This past weekend I travelled to Cleveland, Ohio on a bus trip to an Irish dance competition with my three kids.  I know they won’t be dancing forever, so I jump at the chance to see all three of them participating in an extracurricular activity together.  I love how all the dancers cheer each other on from the sidelines, congratulate those who reach a goal and support those who didn’t end up where they wanted on a given day. Continue reading

Whirlwind weekend

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

The World Cup

I don’t usually watch sporting events in bars.  Or change my schedule to catch a game.  But there is something about the World Cup.  The idea that the country you live in or the country of your roots is vying to win a World title in a game that is played around the globe by every age group.  A game that only needs a ball, a net and some grit. Continue reading

One year ago today

One year ago today I was told that my book was live and available at Indigo and Amazon.  I grabbed a copy, ran outside and got my son to take my picture.  Then I shared my story and never looked back.  What a whirlwind year.  I’ve done book signings, spoken to students and executives, and been honoured each time someone decided to purchase a copy of The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading

Women who lead

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to 80 team members at a corporate lunch and learn about women who lead.  I shared my publishing goal of one hundred rejections and all the lessons about success, failure, grit and resilience I learned along the way.  I spoke about famous failures and regular folks who never gave up. Continue reading

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