Standardized Test Scores Predict Nothing

VERY intriguing video from Angela Lee Duckworth at a Ted Conference on what makes a good student (or a successful person in general). It’s not IQ, Standardized Test Scores, perceived safety, or Socio-economic Status. It’s just pure grit.¬†

Another interesting observation is that a person’s view of failure is crucial. Failure is not permanent. You simply change and grow based on that failure. We need to learn to focus more on that in the school systems. If we could get kids to understand that pop quizzes show them what they need to focus on for the bigger test, perhaps we could help them in developing that mindset of failure.

Something I wonder about is whether the Christian Faith helps in the formation of that grit. If the concept of failure not being permanent is a key, it seems that is at the core of Christianity. Isn’t that what we base our salvation on? The Grace that our failures are not permanent? What do you think?

This is a very short video. Please check it out.

 

Screen Shot of Grit video

A Life Lived

Fearless by Eric BlehmI just finished reading the book Fearless by Eric Blehm. This book is simply incredible! Adam Brown, the Navy Seal who the book is about, was simply incredible! I could hardly put the book down. Adam Brown is a man to be looked up to and admired in all areas of his life. I would encourage anyone to read this book and be inspired.

The author spent countless hours interviewing friends, family, co-workers, and others who knew Adam and he puts together a detailed look at Adam’s life, both the good and the bad. That’s one of the amazing things about Adam Brown. [Read more…]

This Year Is Going To Suck!

Welcome 2012

Photo by Ludie Cochrane

I’ve seen so many posts on Facebook to the effect of “I hope this year is better than last year”. Well, I’ve got news for you. This year is probably going to suck. That is, unless you have a plan to make it better than last year. You shouldn’t be depending on luck, or fate to determine how your year is going to go.

If you just let life happen TO you, then you’ll never be happy with what you get. On the other hand, if you have goals and a plan, then regardless of what happens along the way, you will still find satisfaction because you are happening TO life instead of it happening to you. [Read more…]

Double It!

Walking down a dusty road

photo by Kate Boydell

In church, we’ve been in a series from the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5. This week, part of the discussion involved verse 41. This is the verse that states in the NIV “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

This verse is part of the discussion that also includes turning the other cheek when someone wrongs you. On the surface, we understand what these verses are telling us. We must go above and beyond when we are wronged in order to show kindness to those that are oppressing us.

This is one verse however, where an understanding of the the time period is helpful. [Read more…]

Wealth and Comfort

This past Saturday I gave a talk at our monthly men’s prayer breakfast. It’s been something that’s been on my heart lately. If you can’t see the video, use this link – http://youtu.be/i9O5kQLkdd8