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Tips for taming your inner critic

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I have always been a curious person and have enjoyed learning. Having spent most of my career in education, it was quite a surprise to find out how much I struggled with learning a new job. The struggle was not with others as much as with myself. An inner voice, my own inner critic, seemed to wreak havoc over my sense of competence. Taming it became part of the challenge!

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A week dedicated to failure?

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Photo by Luiz Hanfilaque on Unsplash.com

A private school in Melbourne has created “failure week” in its curriculum. The intention is to encourage students to embrace failure and not just focus on success. Making mistakes is an important part of learning after all, and for all.

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How to turn weaknesses into strengths

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Photo credit – Teddy Kelley via unsplash.com

How do you turn a weakness into a strength? Do you recognise your own shortcomings? Research suggests that you probably do, but that you are unlikely to do anything about them. Want to change that? Read on.

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Understanding happiness and success

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Photo credit – Eli Defaria via unsplash.com

Happiness is often misunderstood. Many people think that when they achieve something they will be happy. When I get a better job, I will be happy. When I have more money, things will be good. In fact, it is the other way around. Success does not precede happiness. Rather, happiness precedes success.

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Thoughts about the will to win …

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Photo credit – Todd Quackenbush via unsplash.com

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel, are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
~ Vincent Lombardi

Tips for dealing with change

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Do you like change? Genuinely? Or do you say you do, but reality is somewhat different? Change is part of life, and seems to be increasingly prevalent in all parts of life in more recent times. But, finding that you don’t deal with change well is not uncommon. You cannot always predict change or anticipate how well you will deal with it. Here are some tips that can help. 

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What is the value of an education?

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I was at the gym recently, just doing my thing, and listening to the conversation between some young people around me. What I heard was that someone had finished a degree but had no job in the area. (My guess – taking a gap year in Niseko!) There were exchanges about degrees and their value. I suggested that it was something no one could take away from them. And further, that it was evidence that they knew how to learn. It made me think though – what is the real value of education?

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Learning opportunities for young and old

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We know that you can teach an old dog new tricks, but can the old and young teach each other things? I would like to offer a resounding “yes!” I think working with young people opens up this possibility. Recent research supports this. That’s good news for us all.

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Thoughts about connection …

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Photo credit – Rene Walle via unsplash.com

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
~ Brené Brown

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