Always Praise Effort. Never Praise Ability.

Dr. Carol Dweck wrote, Mindset, and in it she outlines many examples of why building a culture based on effort is far superior to one based on ability. I used to tell the really gifted kids how great they were, but that creates a handicap they may never overcome. Just because a child learns forms […]

Hubris in the Dojo

Hubris is my second favorite word; the first is Curmudgeon. Mrs. O’Neal, my high school Ancient History teacher, introduced me to it many, many years ago. She taught, through the heroes in the Odyssey and the Iliad, that it is OK to be proud of your accomplishments, but not to the point of hubris. Such arrogance […]

Definition of Success

Late last night I ordered, “The Dip” by Seth Godin. He is straightforward and his stuff makes sense in a ‘this is not how the rest of the world sees things kind of way’. I am always looking for that next voice to inspire me, but I woke up realizing this morning that very few of those […]