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Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Fostering Grit in Today's Students, Classrooms and Schools

Peter Hutton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

For too many schools, it seems that their main goal is to make kids good students, a skill and a mindset useful 40 years ago, but not today. Who says, "When I grow up I want to be a good student?" No one.

Are You Mentally Tough Enough?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

When you're faced with a real, "not sure I have it in me," kind of challenge at work how do you respond? You know those moments when you feel like you've already given something your very best shot, but for one reason or another it just doesn't seem to be working.

18 Inches of Daylight

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Glenn Rockowitz

Wrong. Simple word, simple concept. And maybe the most important thing any of us can be. At its root, being wrong is proof we're alive. We are tryi...

Rising Above the Scars

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

What brings you down can also lift you up. Body builders know the secret: you break tissue order to force it to rebuild itself, and in the process, it grows a little more capable of bearing greater weight.

Fighting our Goliaths

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Our task in the world is to help the vulnerable in our community find their release and their radiance. To help them realize they have a value much greater than the sum of a series of terrible experiences.

Hand Trucks, Grit and the On-Demand Economy

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Blair Forlaw

Only if we humans commit to continuously redesigning ourselves, adapting and improving as conditions around us change, persisting in the face of whatever happens, will there be critical roles for us in the dynamic technology-driven new economies, as well.

Character Development: America's Sleeping Giant

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

I have taught over 10,000 students over 63 years, the oldest now in their 80s. My primary focus has always been: What preparation leads to a meaningful and fulfilling life--and what does not?

4 Years of Choosing Grit and What It Taught Me About Life

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Rose Gilman

Grit -- noun. Courage and resolve; strength of character. Grit has buzz these days. TED talks, bestselling books, countless seminars and currency ...

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.

Character of a Business v. a Design Entrepreneur

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Entrepreneurs are the people who reinvent and revigorate our society in large and small ways and we know them by their actions. However, how do entrepreneurs with a business or a design background differ from one another and what are their personal traits?

Emotional Spring Cleaning Helps Develop Grit

Annie Fox | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

If we want to teach kids resilience and compassion (for themselves and others), we must show them our own resilience in the face of setbacks.

WATCH: Got Grit?

Brad Yates | Posted 04.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

It's been suggested by some researchers that the single most important character trait for achieving success is grit. I hope this will help you culti...

Patience Is a Waste of Time

Joe De Sena | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

The key is the thought process behind the decision, as well as intent. Inactive patience is laziness. Patience with a plan, coupled with perseverance is a commanding weapon to hold in your utility belt.

Double Sixes: What Backgammon and My Daughter Taught Me About How to Lighten Up

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

I learned that doubles can change everything; when they come, a quiet surge of power elevates she who rolls them. I learned to remember to pick up my dice, to play every game until it was over, and always, always to play the best out of three.

Why You Can't Fix Your Pre-Teen's Social Angst

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

Middle school is a treacherous time for kids, but I didn't anticipate how tough it would be for a parent. I didn't expect to relive that time again so painfully as a mother, nor did I anticipate that the parental remove can bring not only perspective, but also extra heartache.

Today's Business Power Couple: Social Good and Social Media

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

The best way for a business to stand out in a crowded space is to be seen as a valuable part of the community. In Newport Beach, California where there are many health and fitness options, one business doing it right with both social good and social media is GRIT Cycle.

I Can't Put My Kids in a Bubble?

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

It's that time of year again -- everyone is chasing their kids around with hand sanitizer and Elderberry syrup. The runny noses and trails of Kleenex scattered around my house remind me of my son's first cold. He was 10 months old when he broke his seal of perfect health. I was devastated.

How to Make a Dream Come True

Isa Adney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Isa Adney

Making a dream come true is a long, laborious process. It requires incredible patience and resilience. Choose a dream for which the work is something you can see yourself getting up for every morning, because to make a dream come true you'll have to be willing to work harder and more strategically and with more focus, discipline, and dedication than anyone else.

7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The economy, the way people want to live and work, and a whole host of other factors are changing the way work gets done. Some companies are adapting right along with the changes, but many are having difficulties.

Make 2015 the Year You Become More Resilient

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kare Anderson

Helicopter parenting and micro-managing leadership both move us towards learned helplessness and away from resilience. Truly caring for others means w...

Missteps in Resiliency (And Why They Might Be Good for You)

Rachel Verlik | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I'm starting to realize this is in iterative process -- there is no finish line or end game. I'm adjusting my resiliency journey to be more focused on awareness and forgiveness of missteps, because that is where the true resiliency shows up.

Grit: Your Secret Success Strategy

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Grit is having both the passion and the perseverance to achieve a goal, and grit often predicts who achieves the highest levels of success in school and at work.

Do You Have the Grit to Create Lasting Success?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

When it comes to the goals you most want to achieve in your career, do you have the passion and perseverance to create the kind of success you're long...

The 4 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Helping a Child

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As the school year progresses, many parents want to know how they can help their child learn. We asked teachers and educators, "What are the two traits parents should focus on to assist children this school year?"