Going Too Fast Again…!

posted: 04/09 at 11:30 AM

What … a … morning.
I did not want to get out of bed this morning! I kept hitting snooze on my alarm clock and told myself that I could make up my time in bed by rushing through my morning routine.
I jumped in the shower and got dressed as fast as I could, grabbed a breakfast bar and my backpack and ran out the door. It’s a good thing I’m speedy! I got to school in nine minutes, just as the bell was ringing for homeroom!
I sat down at my desk to enjoy my breakfast bar that I had grabbed … boy was I hungry. As I took it out of my pocket, I realized I had grabbed one of Chad’s (my older brother) protein bars by accident…GROSS! I thought I was hungry enough to eat it anyway, but I took one bite and had to spit it out. No breakfast for me.
Time for math. I reached in my backpack for my book…and…oh no. I left my math assignment at the kitchen table where I was working on it last night. I asked Mrs. Edwards if I could turn it in tomorrow … the only problem is I have done this before when I was trying to hurry…whoops…man my stomach is growling.
I made it through English and social studies and it was FINALLY time for lunch. I got in line to go to the cafeteria and as I got up to scan my lunch card … oh no. I forgot to tell my mom she needed to put more money in my lunch account this morning as I was running out the door. ARGH!!! This is going to be a long day.
I think I will wake up a few minutes earlier tomorrow morning so I can make sure I have everything before I head out the door. Things might go a little more smoothly…

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Thrift Week - a tremendous idea…

posted: 06/22 at 08:00 PM

Thrift.  Never spending beyond what you have.  Delaying gratification.  Saving what you have.  Investing.  All you have to do is think about all the problems we fight about every day in society.  Then think about how many would be solved if everyone had more of a thrift-oriented mindset.  It wouldn’t solve every problem, but it would take care of a huge chunk of them - so that we could really start putting our energy and capital toward the ones that can’t be solved with thrift.  Thrift Week is a simple (this is why it’s effective), yet very important way to promote something that would change the world.  Be a THRIFT LEADER.

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“Being human…

posted: 05/12 at 08:00 AM

... isn’t what it used to be.”

That is a quote from a friend who was recently talking about society’s changing values.  I think there’s some real truth to it.

The article linked to this post speaks even more to this point.  It is a tricky argument to articulate sometimes because often it is just dismissed as “old-fashioned” or “boring”.  But Mr. Gelernter (a computer scientist himself) points out very eloquently the nature of what we’re up against…


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Teaching Self-starters

posted: 02/10 at 09:43 PM

Imagine a world where everyone was a self-starter.  Entrepreneurship is about being creative and idealistic in a productive, practical way.  Imagine if there were entrepreneurship programs in every public school.  What would our world be like if everyone learns what it is like to start a business in a really hands-on way.

CLICK HERE to read about this unique program…

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posted: 08/04 at 11:00 AM

Just think about how many problems arise from “misunderstanding”.  Poor listening is so often at the root of our communication problems.  It is one of our biggest problems and it has the potential to get worse. 

There are more recordings (musical, video, etc.) than ever.  More messages coming at us than ever (more “noise”).  It is easier than ever to get in touch with people.  This is precisely why the way we communicate matters more.  It is easier than ever to have casual, meaningless conversations.  It is easier than ever to create our own worlds - we just need to make sure that these are good worlds and that they include other people.  And that they involve listening to each other.

Listening skills can be learned by anyone at any age.  Kids who never learn to listen never learn to learn.  On the other hand, if kids learn to listen early on and learn how to be conscious of that experience, they acquire habits that will be endlessly beneficial for the rest of their lives.

Watch THIS…

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