As the year 1905 began, Albert Einstein faced life as a “failed” academic. Yet within the next twelve months, he would publish four extraordinary papers, each on a different topic, that were destined to radically transform our understanding of the universe. In this Ted-Ed talk, Larry Lagerstrom details these four groundbreaking papers, making the case for how grit, resilience and a growth mindset can not only change one’s personal destiny, but indeed the destiny of civilization!
Reposted from Leadership Freak:
I’ve been the victim of bad grit. You have too. We’ve put our heads down, closed our minds, and plowed forward. In the process we hurt ourselves and others. Bad grit is one reason last year’s frustrations persist.
Paul Stoltz says, “Good grit is the relentless pursuing of things that are ultimately beneficial to you and (ideally) others. Bad grit is the opposite.” There are four dimensions of GRIT:
- Growth: Your propensity to seek and consider new ideas, additional alternatives, different approaches, and fresh perspectives.
- Resilience: Your capacity to respond constructively and ideally make good use of all kinds of adversity.
- Instinct: Your gut-level capacity to pursue the right goals in the best and smartest ways.
- Tenacity: The degree to which you persist, commit to, stick with, and relentlessly go after whatever you choose to achieve.
In the knowledge economy workplace, the Intrapersonal Intelligence is critically important. Through evaluation, affective learning, growth mindset and professional capital, workers participate in their own self-efficacy and contribute new knowledge and new value to the profession and the global community. Today, the intelligence of feelings, values and attitudes is fueling the redefinition of what it means to be effective and successful. Caring drives and personalizes ethics, excellence, engagement and resilience.
Reposted from Leadership Freak:
“Turbulence grabs attention, focuses energy, stretches relationships, tests resolve, and shows you who you are. Leadership tips during turbulence:
- Acknowledge reality. If times are tough, say so.
- Answer fear by pressing into the future.
- Integrate new people and strengthen existing relationships.
- Watch for teammates who rise up under pressure. Engage and encourage them.
- Develop new rituals. Stop into the offices of key people on Monday morning for brief conversations, for example.
- Don’t create policies that deal with exceptions.
- Do what matters most. Busy work matters less when opportunities are slipping through your fingers.”
As educators, we work to develop each child’s full potential; the whole child. Why should school districts, government agencies and society as a whole sustain a public institution that provides for anything less? It’s time to give up cultural contradictions and the convenience of conundrums and make deliberate and strategic choices in the name of each child being educated as a whole child. Children are not born obsolescent. They’re resilient, full of hopes and dreams and promise. We owe them nothing less.
If we drive a hard bargain to buy a whole car, and we pay an independent inspector to ensure we buy a whole house, and we talk to lots of people before we invest in the right mobile device, why don’t we make very sure that we educate the whole child? I mean, we’re talking about our future here. I know cars and houses and mobile devices are all predestined for obsolescence. But when it comes to education, should we be looking at our children the same way?