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Tip #704: Why Is It So Hard To Be Practical?

On January 16, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By , With No Comments

I tried for a short time to be something I wasn’t, and had no success with it. It’s a practical solution to just be yourself.” Kate McKinnon

When life gives some people lemons, they make lemon meringue pie, lemonade, lemon squares, lemon cheesecake, or lemon garlic tilapia (or, if they’re like me, they have any fish with lemon- or not at all).

Apparently, when life gives me lemons, I get acid reflux and reach for my personal Pepcid.

No, really.

Confronted with very practical, mundane issues, I scratch my head and keep doing what I’ve always done- often to my detriment. I guess I’m not the practical problem solver I thought I was.

For example, here are the lessons … Read the rest

Tip #702: When Will There Be Peace and Goodwill?

On December 19, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #702: When Will There Be Peace and Goodwill?

Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth.” Reform Judaism blessing

Marjorie, a vibrant and thoughtful 97-year-old friend of my mother gave me this poem. It is by Alfred Duckett. Marjorie knew him while he lived in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1917.

Mr. Duckett collaborated with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a book and speeches, including Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for the 1963 March on Washington. He also co-authored Jackie Robinson’s 1972 autobiography, I Never Had It Made, which gives a candid account of what it took to be … Read the rest

Tip #701: Why Failing Isn’t a Big Deal

On December 12, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #701: Why Failing Isn’t a Big Deal

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard

We all want to succeed at what we choose to do. But when we experience failure after failure, it’s hard to believe that success may be just around the corner.

There have been lots of articles about famous people who failed on their way to success. Some of them failed thousands of times, and yet they still persevered.

Their secret? They believed in themselves and in their dreams. And, as David Bayer has said, “Beliefs are decisions.” Once a positive dream-affirming decision is made, possibilities and opportunities begin to appear that, when grasped, will ultimately build a path to success.… Read the rest

Tip #699: Overlooking the Simple Answer

On November 28, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #699: Overlooking the Simple Answer

“It’s very satisfying to take a problem we thought difficult and find a simple solution.”  Ivan Sutherland

I could kick myself. I love to do Sudoku, particularly the jigsaw puzzles. To complete them, I have to look at each section from every possible perspective. It is always a joy when the missing numbers are right there, in front of my eyes.

The reason I could just kick myself is because my life would be so much easier and much less stressful if I only looked at every situation the same way. I would save myself so much wasted time and energy if I just realized that there is probably a simple answer.

Technological issues are the worst, because I always … Read the rest

Tip #698:  Do You Portmanteau?

On November 21, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #698:  Do You Portmanteau?

“Don’t bogglefunk around with words.” Roald Dahl

I recently read an article in which the word satisficing was used. The word intrigued me. According to the author, satisficing is a combination of sufficing and satisfying.

This led me to investigate if there were other words that were made by combining the sounds and meanings of two existing words. I learned that such a composite word is called a portmanteau. I also discovered that there are many portmanteaus that we use on a daily basis, frequently without realizing that’s what they are.

A portmanteau is typically defined as a large trunk or suitcase that opens into two equal parts. However, Lewis Carroll gave it a new meaning in his book, Through … Read the rest

Tip #694:  What is Your Learning Culture?

On October 24, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #694:  What is Your Learning Culture?

“A learning culture is a strategic tool for organizational growth and advancement.” Nikos Andriotis

Many years ago, I was helping a startup organization plan their recruitment strategy. It was clear to me that their job announcements needed to alert potential applicants to the fact that there were no systems or procedures in place. The new hire would have to be comfortable with the uncertainties (and exciting challenges) typical of a brand-new organization.

At that time, I was focused on the organizational culture of the new business. Now, it appears, we could have defined organizational culture more broadly to include its learning culture.

A learning culture is a set of organizational values, conventions, processes, and practices that encourage individuals—and the organization … Read the rest