Two weeks ago, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I wrote about gratitude – the importance of expressing gratitude, how to cultivate a practice of showing gratitude, and about the impact our showing gratitude has on others. After completing that essay, I watched the CBS Friday (November 15) Evening News. The last of the evening’s news items was about a man who served in the Vietnam war as a helicopter gunship door gunner.
Eric Abrams is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading. He is Chief Inclusion Officer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. His essay first appeared as a leadership program reflection earlier this year. [Eric may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Over the past year, I have written on many topics, but never on courage.
… Discover the Value of Idleness
… a strong desire to know or learn something
There is nothing particularly special about hearing negative voices in your head. I suspect that most of us have, at one time or another. Some of us may even hear these voices frequently. And, some of these voices may be so strident as to lead one to disbelieve the credibility of any successes that she or he has experienced. It may surprise you that research suggests that some 70% of adults hear these strident voices at one time or another, and sometimes frequently.
… Just how many hours did you get last night?
If you are like me, I typically answer this question by saying something like, “not enough.” Each of us by design, by inattention, or the events-of-the-day, end up trying, usually unsuccessfully, to cram more into each day than is reasonable, practical, of good for our life and health.
Greg Anderson is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading. He is Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach at MOR Associates, a role he has had since 2009. Earlier he served in senior IT leadership positions at the University of Chicago and at MIT. His essay first appeared as note to participants in a MOR leadership program where Greg was a coach. [Greg may be reached at email@example.com.]
… Own them, learn from them, don’t repeat them
mis•take noun an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.
“The only man [or woman] who never makes a mistake is the man [or woman] who never does anything.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
It’s hard to believe, but after 18 years of formal study, from first grade in a small East Texas school through doctoral study at MIT, I cannot remember ever having a class or having a teacher talk about learning how to learn. Perhaps that’s why Coursera’s MOOC “Learning How to Learn” has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from some 200 countries.1, 2 It’s appears clear that my experience is not unique.