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What You Gonna Do?

Critics gonna criticize.

Naysayers gonna say “nay.”

Invalidators gonna invalidate.

Complainers gonna complain.

Whiners gonna whine.

Dream killers gonna dream kill.

And people who are determined to get things done, regardless of what everyone else is doing, are going to get things done regardless of what everyone else is doing.

Haters gonna hate.

Creators gonna create.

What YOU gonna do?

Those Who Wish To Teach, Must First Learn to Respect

There’s an inverse relationship between the size of a teacher’s ideas and the size of a teacher’s need to make their students feel small.

A lover of knowledge understands that education does not require humiliation; that a learner’s intelligence doesn’t need to be insulted as preparation for it being informed.

The broader one’s understanding of the universe, the deeper their inclination to share that understanding without pretension.

When one’s mind is truly exalted, so is their respect for others.

A Lesson From Michael Jordan on Being Too Good To Be Ignored

This week on the Praxis Blog, I wrote an article entitled Failure, Rejection, & The Myth of Overlooked Genius.

In this post, I analyze the misconception that success stories are mostly about geniuses whose talent went overlooked until, through persistence and self-belief, those geniuses finally found someone who could see their true value.

I observe:

Valuable lessons about the relationship between success and professional development are often lost in oversimplified narratives about how some High-School coach, Hollywood agent, Venture Capitalist, or Book Publisher was just too stupid to realize excellence even when it was staring them in the face.

In many cases, rejection, far from being rooted in unfair misunderstandings, is the very catalyst that motivates individuals with raw talent to polish their skills and develop their potential until they become too good to be ignored.

If you’d like to check out my thoughts, click here.


T.K. Coleman

Reading is a Near Death Experience

Before a person opens a book, they should be prepared to die.

How can we grow unless we are willing to put to death our former assumptions in order to make room for new knowledge?

And how can we put to death our former assumptions without also losing those aspects of ourselves that are defined by those assumptions?

Education is evolution. And there can be no evolution without extinction.

The process of learning is the process of letting go and leaving behind.

Becoming more of who we are means becoming less of who we were.

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