One of the best ways that I support a growth mindset is by sitting at the feet of others more knowledgeable than I am in various subjects. I am not fearful of admitting when I don't know something or shy from being a new student in a foreign subject matter. Many years ago, I was given sage advice from the Chief Operating Officer of a small but scrappy pharmaceutical benefit management software company. Mrs. Eads encouraged me to admit when I had made a mistake or when I needed help as soon as it was evident to me. Why? Because it was easier for her or others to help resolve a problem when it's been identified in the early stages rather than to play detective after the problem has grown because it was left unattended for too long.
A part of my growth mentality is humility and truthfulness. I can't truly succeed in life unless I'm willing to put my ego aside and to be honest with myself and others. This page is dedicated to my constant thirst for knowledge. You will find the latest books, audiobooks, music, motivational speakers, and mentoring programs that I'm enjoying. I'll provide links to these resources in case you'd like to enjoy them as well.
What am I Reading?
Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted
As you go about your days, it is easy to get stuck in a mindset of anxiety and scarcity - I'll be grateful when I have more money and time, when I am happier and healthier, or when the world around me is more peaceful. While you may already be drawn to the benefits of mindfulness and gratitude, how could you use gratitude to help you find well-being without waiting for change? How could you live all of your moments with greater appreciation and fewer regrets?
When Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 33, she realized that every day was truly a gift - and just how easy it is to take that gift for granted.
Luckily, you don't have to experience a frightening wake-up call in order to nurture a grateful perspective. Nelson invites a deep exploration of what it means to open yourself to the gifts already available to you. With exercises, prompts, meditations, affirmations, and inspiration, you have the tools for bringing this powerful practice into your daily life and waking up to the abundance life has to offer, right here and now.
What am I Listening to?
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
"This is the right book for right now. Yes, learning requires focus. But, unlearning and relearning require much more - it requires choosing courage over comfort. In Think Again, Adam Grant weaves together research and storytelling to help us build the intellectual and emotional muscle we need to stay curious enough about the world actually to change it. I’ve never felt so hopeful about what I don’t know.”
(Brené Brown, Ph.D., number one New York Times best-selling author of Dare to Lead)
The best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and being open to other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.
What am I Watching?
The Power of Storytelling
Emmy winner and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton teaches you his techniques for more dynamic, authentic storytelling. This thirteen part video series covers how to connect with your audience, the importance of oral storytelling, using your imagination, reading to children, performing storytelling, reading to adults, and podcasting.
It's one of the many great courses you can discover on MasterClass, an online paid video learning environment that exposes to you some of the world's most masterful creators from various professions, cultures, and communities.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo Da Vinci