Secret of Adulthood: Enthusiasm Makes Difficult Tasks Easy.

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Learning | 0 comments

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The more I think about happiness, the more I value enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is a form of social courage – it’s safer to criticize and scoff than to praise and embrace — and I’ve decided that I’d rather be “enthusiastic” than “confident.”

I have a patron saint for enthusiasm. Can you guess it? Julia Child! (This post about Julia Child may be one of my favorite posts ever.)

It can seem cooler and smarter to be ironic, detached, or critical, and it’s certainly much easier and safer to adopt that sort of stance. But enthusiasm is more fun. Enthusiasm is generous, positive, energetic, and social. It’s outward-turning and engaged. It’s unselfconscious, warm-hearted, and kind of goofy. Like Julia Child!

Also, enthusiasm makes difficult tasks easy. One interesting question for self-knowledge is: What do you memorize without effort? That tells you something important about yourself. Do you effortlessly remember sports scores, song lyrics, scientific facts, vocabulary words, recipes, details about friends’ lives?

When I feel enthusiastic about some undertaking, it comes so, so, so much more easily to me. For instance, writing. My husband is great at writing, but I’m a writer, and he’s not — because I have endless enthusiasm for writing and revising, and he doesn’t.

How about you? Do you find that enthusiasm makes an otherwise difficult task easy?

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Do You Have Smartphone Etiquette?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Learning | 0 comments

Do you have smartphone etiquette?

Do you have smartphone etiquette?

Do you have smartphone etiquette?


How many times have you answered your mobile phone while in the middle of a conversation with someone?

Many of us tend to have a selfish way of thinking when it comes to our smartphone and the self importance it portrays when someone dials our phone number in hope to communicate with us. We all feel the need to constantly check for voicemails, missed calls, Facebook, Twitter, and who knows what else installed on our  smartphones.  I came across this info graphic below to illustrate how people  use their smartphone in four separate areas, the library, on a date, at the cash register, and at church.

Smartphones are not only tied to being answered at the wrong times, but also allow the user to have access to multi-tasking capability.

Please don`t think that I am trying to bash smartphone technology, I am simply trying to get a feel on how this remarkable device has permanently changed social interaction on the planet. Growing up I have seen the world shrink due to the internet and now I`m witnessing the world become even smaller with these hand held computers that have the capability of calling someone half way across the world in two seconds. We need to start teaching our children about proper smartphone manners in order to keep human interaction alive and well for future generations. It is inevitable that they will own a smartphone one day.

So the next time you see a twelve year old on a skate board rolling by you and talking on his smartphone……..ask yourself……….is that normal?


Please see the infographic below and share your thoughts and comments if you agree or disagree.


The Evolution of Smartphone Etiquette

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What type of learner are you?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Learning | 0 comments

What Type of Learner Are You?

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.


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