Organizations have nearly perfected implementing the industrial model of managing work — the effort applied toward completing a task. For individuals, this model ensures that we know what we're supposed to do each day.
Arithmetic and higher math skills are embedded in school goals, but not necessarily persistence and grit. As a result, an "either/or" dynamic has been established that prioritizes academic skills, at the expense of "social and emotional" learning.
Warren Buffett assumed the role of mentor to the youth yesterday when he gave networking and career advice in an "Office Hours" session with Levo League, a site aimed to assist youngsters in making their dreams come true.
"You don’t have to look far to see a world forming where people believe happiness is something we can all achieve, even when crappy things are happening around them. From The Happiness Project to thehappy documentary on Netflix and iTunes, people are striving for happiness. Hell, even J.K. Rowling has a famous happiness-related quote from Harry Potter."
David Hain's insight:
Of course it is - the one thing we can always choose is our attitude!
There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.
When it comes to staying healthy, both physically and mentally, studies consistently show that strong relationships are at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity. But how does social support translate into physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, healthier weights and other physiological measures of sound health? A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that the link may follow the twisting path of the vagus nerve, which connects social contact to the positive emotions that can flow from interactions.
"On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace got up before the graduating class of Kenyon college and delivered one of history’s most memorable commencement addresses. It wasn’t until Wallace’s death in 2008 that the speech took on a life of its own under the title This Is Water, and was even adapted into a short book. Now, the fine folks of The Glossary have remixed an abridged version of Wallace’s original audio with a sequence of aptly chosen images to give one pause:"
Wallace: “The real value of a real education … has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.”
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.
Some of our biggest inside battles involve changing habits to create a more meaningful, congenial life with others. Try six research-based tips for turning the page to the next chapter of the adventure story we are truly meant to live.