You Have to Get Through Your Fear...

We can all learn something from Poppa from the movie, The Good Dinosaur! This is what I learned.

Hard Work, Commitment and Curiosity are the Key Ingredients of Success

Inspired by the last book that I read, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, I suggest you start this working week with this idea in mind. 

Have a successful week!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Whether you are a teacher, a parent or simply someone who wants to improve your success at work, I believe that you SHOULD read this book.

Two fundamental ideas are presented in this book. First, according to Carol Dweck, the author of the book, there are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth

People who have a 'fixed' mindset believe that people cannot change in a meaningful way. In other words, those who are bad at math are forever doomed to be bad at math, those who are good athletes have a natural talent or genetically gifted, and those who engage in morally despicable acts are probably bad people. According to Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, one of the most common consequences of this type of mindset is test or interview anxiety (since the result might indicate something about a person innate capabilities), poor relationships with others (since the relationship is expected to be either perfect or flawed), and poor responsiveness to education.

At the other extreme, those with a 'growth' mindset view failure as an opportunity for learning and building strength. Those with a growth mindset are not concerned about failure or showing their lack of knowledge regarding something. According to Carol Dweck, a growth mindset has positive implications for school, sports, work and life in general. 

The second core issue discussed in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is that  people can change and that focusing on effort instead of results can lead to success
The fundamental point here is the idea that if you focus your attention and effort on the processes and techniques you use instead on the results (e.g., a grade) that you want to obtain, you will learn faster, become more successful, and be happier with the outcome. 

Personally, I believe that the ideas presented in this book support the fact that curiosity and exploration are essential elements for learning. When you are curious, you are focusing on the process of learning. You ask questions and are open to learning and relearning if necessary, you don't really focus on a specific result. I feel that when you encourage children or students to be curious, you are also encouraging them to develop a "growth mindset". Who cares about the result, just focus on all that you are learning by questioning and exploring!

Take-home Message 

(1) Success can be Developed. Without any doubt, this is the main message of this book. When students and educators (or parents and children) have a growth mindset, they understand that success can be developed via hard work, commitment. Talent can only take you so far in our journey towards excellence and success. Hard work is the essential ingredient for success.

(2) Experimentation is Necessary for Success. Don't only focus on results! When you are only focusing on a specific desired result, you’re less willing to try long shots, less inclined to experiment or being curious, and less likely to stumble on an even better outcome than the one you were aiming for.

(3) Live Life Fully. When you focus on the process, believe or not, you are also living the moment! Focusing on the process will let you engage more deeply with the present and experience it more fully, which will help you learn faster, consequently experience life fully. 
When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become more passionate about it. You will be less concerned about the future because you will value the present moment.

(4) Give you Confidence. When you are unattached to a specific outcome, it also means that you won't be needy or get upset when things don't go as you expected.  So, the more you focus on process over outcome, the more confident you will become, and as we all know there is nothing more exciting than confidence!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is an informative and inspirational book that I highly recommend you to read.

The Death of Conversation: 21 Ways that Smartphones are Impacting our Lives

Yesterday, someone asked me, so how much do you love your smartphone?

I wasn't certain if it was a serious question, or if the person asking me this question was just trying to make a joke regarding the current aspect of my smartphone (screen is completely cracked - but, I am not planning to replace it until am really unable to use it!). 

Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to answer the question because someone else interrupted our "human-to-human conversation"; we were not texting ... we are actually talking!

But, then, I started to think about smartphones, conversations and how much things have changed over the last decades. Many people now use the expression "death of conversation" when referring to all the ways that the use of smartphone has transformed our lives. Smartphones and texting have taken over the classical way of conversation. Most people don't like to talk anymore. Texting and sending emails are the preferred ways of conversation for most people. I guess, technology is supposed to connect us, but it's really doing it? 

Here are some illustrations that describe the ways that smartphones and technology are impacting our lives. 

People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Good Monday friends! 

I want to start the week with a wonderful quote from Maya Angelou: "...people will never forget how you made them feel".

We can all make the day of someone a little brighter. Let's not forget that our actions can offer people a chance to smile, feel good or loved. Make someone smile today! 

This is My Family and It's Mine for Life!

I would like to share a very short video that my husband created today. 

Sheldon, my husband, is an awesome father who is completely in love with his children (including our dog, Lola). In this video, he includes some memories of our trip to Europe, the terrible winter 2015 ... too much snow, birthdays, races and of course, Halloween 2015.

This is my family and it's mine for life!

The Most Certain Way to Succeed is Always to Try Just One More Time

Being determined in the face of struggle is often very difficult. Always keep your dreams alive and don't give up. Realize that to achieve our dreams, we need to believe in ourselves and always try just one more time.

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