In the Circle: Inspiration
This weekend is Fathers’ Day, which I’ve always felt was misnamed. It really should be “Family Celebration Day” in my mind. Let me explain more of what I mean, beyond the obvious of time spent together at a barbecue, on a golf course, on a boat, on a hike, at the shore — wherever families come together to enjoy each other’s company and summertime.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
You can enhance your business career by finding the right mentor. Someone who’s been there before invariably learns and notices things that can spare you some pain and missteps as you climb in your career. There are a lot of good points about what 20 year olds (and 30 year olds!) can learn from 50 year olds, via TheLadders.com
It’s never where you’re from, it’s where you’re going. And Richard Jenkins is going places. Homeless for two years with his mother and two younger brothers, he made a commitment to academics as a sixth grader. Six years later, that commitment earned him a full ride to Harvard.