Sometimes you’re 23 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart. You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either. There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else. But just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign. When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old. When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. You’re going to breathe in and out. You’re going to be fine in about five minutes.
Take your time and see this.
“The answer will only arrive after we stop looking for it.”
Jonah Lehrer, author of the excellent How Creativity Works, on the origins of creative insight and why you need grit.
For the sake of our education system, the direction it is going, and ultimately the fate of students’ futures, do not let these reformers use misinformed students as their puppets to fool you. I cannot speak for SFER students, but I can speak for myself. There is a difference when you organize together as students with an internal passion to create something truly “student-led” rather than one that just looks and seems good because there are big-corp names involved. Do not play their games.
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From the “backup of the backup’s backup” to Linsanity - Jeremy Lin’s NBA journey
Lin’s NBA journey did not start the way that most aspiring professional basketball players would want it to be. In fact, his basketball journey as a whole was full of rejections, denials, and failures.
One probable reason for Lin’s early disappointments in his basketball career can be attributed to his Asian ethnicity. Asians are not known to play basketball and only a handful of Asian players have had the chance of playing in the NB A. His high school coach even commented that if Lin was of a different race, it could have spelled a different story for him.
He diligently worked hard on developing his skills and surrendered the results of his hard work to God. In an unusual turn of events which some attribute to pure luck while others, including Lin himself, attribute to the sovereign hand of God, Jeremy Lin had his much awaited break in a New York Knicks uniform. Due to the Knicks’ bad performance and a series of unfortunate injuries afflicting their star players, Coach Mike D’Antoni allowed Lin to play some games in a desperation attempt to improve their team standing.
Lin did not disappoint.
Before Intelligent Action Comes Action…Regular Old Action
We found this website and we think it’s quite good.
Most people don’t ship anything out into the world because they’re afraid of not being perfect. Ironically, it’s by shipping something imperfect, that mastery is attained.
This is the main reason that so few people create extraordinary businesses or artistic masterpieces. Many people have innovative ideas, but few are willing to risk being wrong and failing publicly.
It’s not that the few who take action have special talents or are more intelligent than everybody else– they don’t, and they aren’t. They’re simply willing to fail. That’s how they get good. And you know what? it’s the only way to get good.
Originality depends on new and striking combinations of ideas. It is obvious therefore that the more a man knows the greater scope he has for arriving at striking combinations.