Failure IS an Option

Failure is not an option. It’s been a cultural catch phrase in business, sports, and even marriages, typically associated with determination and perseverance. Truly, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. “Failure is not an option” comes from our illogical human need to put heroes on a pedestal. We want to think that they say this phrase to themselves just before they grab victory against all odds. We view heroes as incapable of being killed, missing a basket, making a bad stock pick, or simply making a poor decision. In our dreams, our heroes cannot fail, for them “failure is not an option.” Any look at our cultural heroes will… Read More

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No Fear of Math

You know what makes Math beautiful? It’s the absoluteness of it. One thing must equal something else. Or it must not. The concept of equals has a symmetry that embodies perfection. The preciseness of equals is captivating. There is an attractiveness towards this absoluteness that innately draws us. We have affinities for certain foods. We either like the food.  Or we don’t like the food. This absoluteness builds an affinity for that food which identifies the food as “a food that is for us.” There is no in-between. For me it is PB&J sandwiches. I liked them as a kid, and I knew I liked them. Now, when I think… Read More

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Self-Worth Explained

Self-Worth is a deep-seeded belief in the value of oneself.  This belief sprouts into different characteristics that give clues to the strength of the child’s Self-Worth belief.  Similarly, clues such as anxiety and complacency are clues for barriers that inhibit Self-Worth. To varying levels, society suppresses Self-Worth in its quest for conformity.  Voluntary conformity can continue to breed Self-Worth.  On the other hand, involuntary conformity, reinforced by negative feedback, commonly experienced in educational institutions and in destitute environments, can subvert self-worth.  In self-defense, the child creates barriers to these stimuli. It must be remembered that it is not the stimulus, be it a math exam, a sports race, a leadership… Read More

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